Steven Tyler: I Spent Millions On Cocaine

By Paul Fuhr 05/23/18

Tyler divulged the amount he spent on past cocaine use during a recent appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Steven Tyler

Iconic Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler recently revealed that he spent more money on drugs than many Americans will ever see in their lives, People reported.

The revelation came during a game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The game, a staple of the CBS late-night show, features the British performer offering his guests the choice between answering highly personal questions or eating disgusting food items. (Jimmy Kimmel once famously ate pig blood curd before his question was even asked.)

Corden asked the 70-year-old Tyler how much money he’d spent on drugs. “About $2 million, easily,” the rocker laughed. “I snorted half of Peru. I mean, ask anybody that’s going to be honest with you.”

Corden immediately replied that Tyler was the “best guest ever” for the rocker’s unexpectedly candid response.

Tyler has long been open about his drug use. Interestingly, his Corden appearance isn’t even the first time that the now-sober Tyler has dropped a dollar figure in relation to drugs.

In fact, his estimate on Corden’s show is actually lower than the number he divulged to Australia’s 60 Minutes in 2013: $5 million. In his 2011 memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, he further detailed his experiences with cocaine: “Doctors said it was not addictive. It was habituating,” he wrote. “They didn’t know at the time that the drug would eventually take a sharp turn after a certain day. Blow, once the life of the party, became the stuff of fear and loathing, the source of devious and secretive behavior, and the mother of all lies.”

Tyler also revealed on Dateline that, during the height of Aerosmith’s popularity, venues were “contractually obligated” to have a small off-stage area for band members to snort cocaine. “I needed blow,” Tyler said. “I needed that cocaine. I needed it.” During the same interview, he also acknowledged the downside of cocaine: “It took my children away, it took my band away, it took my marriages away, and I was on my knees.”

Despite his stretches of sobriety, Tyler has actually credited alcohol and drugs for some measure of his band’s success. “I gotta tell you, if it wasn’t for cocaine, I don’t think the band would have played every state in the United States nine times in seven years,” he once admitted. “Because there was no MTV back then, Peruvian marching powder, it was like, ‘Iowa, three in a row? Give me that.’”

Tyler successfully (and publicly) got sober in 1988 (one of the first rockers to do so), but relapsed after 12 years of sobriety. Tyler first went to treatment in 1983, beginning his decades-long struggle to find long-term sobriety.

On his self-titled show, Dr. Oz asked Tyler how many times he’d been in treatment for his drug abuse. “Enough times to wind up being as sober as I am right now,” Tyler quickly replied. “I’m not sure it’s about a number, but it’s more about what it did.”

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Paul Fuhr lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family and two cats, Vesper and Dr. No. He's written for AfterParty MagazineThe Literary Review and The Live Oak Review, among others. He's also the host of "Drop the Needle," a podcast about music and addiction recovery. More at You can also find Paul on Linkedin and Twitter.