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Steven Tyler: I Didn't Fall Off the Wagon

Aerosmith singer dismisses rumors about injury in Paraguay

October 27, 2011 11:10 AM ET
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Steven Tyler in New York, before his fall.
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In a phone interview with the Today Show this morning, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler insisted that he was sober when he fell in the shower of his South American hotel room earlier this week, breaking his front teeth.

"Being in the program, it's something we have to expect," Tyler told Matt Lauer, shooting down speculation that he had relapsed into alcoholism. "People thinking that is natural and normal. We flew last night from Paraguay after that incident and we're in Argentina for two hours. And anyone who knows anyone who uses substances wouldn't be up at this hour having a talk with Matt Lauer and the rest of America. It's nothing I don't understand. It makes me a little upset. But people think that."

Despite the superficial injuries to his face, Tyler confirmed that he will not be missing any shows on the band's current tour. "Short of having my legs taken off, people are going to expect me onstage no matter what," he said. "I went out onstage last night and I wore my sunglasses for the first song. I took them off and the crowd roared. It's all about playing to the people. We rocked out. Not only did I break my face, but we broke a house record, so life is beautiful, Matt."

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