Refusing to admit that Aerosmith’s best days were behind them, Tyler soldiered on with replacement members, as his whole life centered around where and when he would score his next fix (all the sordid details are recounted first hand by Tyler in Aerosmith’s excellent 1999 autobiography Walk This Way). With the band in disarray, fast approaching bankruptcy, and reduced to headlining theaters as opposed to the enormous football stadiums of their heyday, Tyler and Perry patched up their differences in 1983, leading to a reunion of all the original members a year later. It took a while for the bandmembers to clean up their act, but by 1987 all were clean and sober and promptly reclaimed their title as one of the United States’ finest rock & roll bands on the strength of sold-out arena tours and such mega-hit albums as Permanent Vacation and Pump. In the process, Tyler became one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history, as a plethora of singers in ’80s hard rock bands (Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, etc.) all resembled Tyler circa 1976 with their look and vocal delivery. By the ’90s, Tyler and co. had reinvented themselves as an MTV band, focusing on more pop-oriented material (such as the number one hit ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from the movie Armageddon), while Tyler’s daughter, Liv, became a model and actress.
Tyler’s star continued to blaze throughout the early aughts, with Aerosmith’s 2001 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a high-profile performance at the Super Bowl XXXV half-time show, and a pair of chart-topping albums (Just Push Play, 2001 and Honkin’ on Bobo, 2004). The latter part of the decade saw Tyler collaborating with the likes of Santana, Keith Anderson, and Chris Botti, as well as continuing to tour with Aerosmith, despite suffering a number of health setbacks, including an injury sustained from a rough fall from the stage at a 2009 show in North Dakota. In 2011, Tyler joined the 10th season of American Idol as a judge (replacing Simon Cowell), and released an autobiography,Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, which peaked at number two on the New York Times bestseller list. He left American Idol after two seasons in order to focus on Aerosmith, and in 2012 the band issued their 15th studio album, Music from Another Dimension!. In April 2015, Tyler made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry to announce the release of his upcoming debut solo country album. The first single from the record, “Love Is Your Name,” arrived later that May but it took over a year for the full-length We’re All Somebody from Somewhere to appear.
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