I’m growing to like Steven Tyler less and less. Sure, he was the soundtrack of my childhood car rides, and he did produce Liv Tyler, who is a lovely human being, but I’m getting kinda sick of how much of a jerk Steven Tyler is.
First, it was the ’60 Minutes’ Aerosmith documentary that aired a few months ago, where all of his band mates said separately that they basically hated him and didn’t talk to him more than they had to, because he was bitchy and mean.
Joe Perry, one of the best rock guitarists ever, copped to regularly being belittled and snipped at by Tyler because Steven was afraid of not being The Biggest Superstar In The Room at all times. When asked if they’d ever physically fought, Perry said: “That would damage the relationship too much; besides he needs his jaw to sing.”
And now, after leaving his judge position on American Idol, Tyler is discussing how he only did it to get away from infighting in Aerosmith. MATURE.
"It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest. I loved it and hated it. It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life," he said in an interview in Rolling Stone.
He then presumably realized that he was sounding like an asshole, and amended his position a little bit, saying that he quit for the children.
"The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don't have that in me. That's not what I'm about. That's more about that other guy. Not me."
‘That other guy’ is Simon Cowell, who created the show, by the way. Steven Tyler: Pioneer of A-hole Non-Chalance.