Aerosmith's Drug of Choice Is Now Music
Reformed "Toxic Twins" Joe Perry and Steven Tyler "get off" on pure, clean rock 'n roll these days.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and frontman Steven Tyler were once known as the "Toxic Twins" due to their mutual appetite for drugs, but they say a sobering lifestyle shift has worked magic for their music. "If you're 60 years old, you can't take a tab of acid and expect to come up with genius. It doesn't work like that anymore," says Perry. "All the other shit gets in the way of the music." The guitarist says that looking back, he realizes that even in the prime of youth, the band were hobbled by drugs—and the damage came through in their live performances. "We look back at tapes of the late 1970s—[at the time] we thought it was a great show and we were fucking incredible," recalls Perry. "But you look back at the tape 20 years later and think, 'We were like statues—standing there and we were barely playing.'" Tyler, who has been open about his struggles to stay sober after numerous stints in rehab, says the non-toxic twosome are now rocking harder than ever. "The booze can take anyone down," he says, but: "The drug of choice is the music now. There is nothing stronger than Joe and I writing a song and then getting off on that."