Following several tumultuous weeks, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler has checked into rehab for addiction to prescription painkillers.
In a statement released to People, Tyler puts to rest that he is still fronting Aerosmith, which is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary. For the last few months, the band has been in limbo with Tyler announcing he”s focusing on a solo career, while the other four members in a quandary whether to wait for Tyler”s return or select a new lead singer. He also denied he had fallen back into his addiction, despite his band members” belief to the contrary.
“I…am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates,” he says. “I love Aerosmith; I love performing as the lead singer in Aerosmith.”
Tyler, 61, will also receive pain management treatment as well. According to his physician, he has been in “severe chronic pain,” over the past 10 years, and a balance between managing Tyler”s pain while not sparking his addictions has been difficult to find.