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Steven Tyler On Bathroom Slip: ‘It Was An Accident, Not A Relapse’

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By Adam S. Levy,
Radar Staff Writer

No, Steven Tyler‘s slip and fall in a South American hotel was not the same ol’ song and dance — the Aerosmith front man said Thursday it was just an accident, not a relapse.

The 63-year-old Sweet Emotion singer — who sported a black eye, two missing teeth and cuts and bruises to his face after the incident Tuesday — told The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer on Thursday that he got his battle scars after venturing into the bathroom while suffering from a wicked case of Montezuma’s revenge (Traveler’s diarrhea).

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“I went in looking like Baryshnikov,” Tyler said, “and walked out looking like [boxer] Leon Spinks!”

Asked by Lauer what exactly happened, Tyler said, “Just quite frankly I passed out… I fell on my face, I woke up with the water running on me, not knowing where the hell I was.”

In January of this year, Tyler admitted that snorting a prescription sleeping aid caused him to fall off the stage during an August 2009 concert in South Dakota — a time he said that he “was looking for any excuse to get high.”

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In regards to whispers he might have fallen off the wagon, Tyler said on Thursday, “Being in the program I’m in, it’s something we have to accept. I went public with my problems only to address them straight on — people thinking [I relapsed] is natural and normal.

“It still bothers me a little, but it’s something I’ll have to deal with the rest of my life.”

Tyler said he braved on and took the stage for Wednesday’s record-setting concert in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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“I wore my sunglasses for my first song, took ‘em off and the crowd roared,” he said. “Not only did I break my face but we broke the house record — life is beautiful Matt!”

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Aerosmith is slated to resume work on its’ first all-new studio album in ten years in early 2012, right after the holidays. Tyler will also return as a judge for the 11th season of American Idol, which premieres on Fox on Sunday, January 22, 2012. The show will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c.

 

 

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