Steven Tyler Sings Aerosmith at a California Pub's Karaoke Night

January 22, 2010 12:00 AM ET

While it doesn't appear likely that Steven Tyler will be singing for Aerosmith anytime soon, he's still finding a way to perform his band's songs… karaoke-style. According to Palm Springs, California's The Desert Sun, Tyler and his management team visited the Tilted Kilt pub earlier this week. When the group arrived, Tyler's publicist reportedly told the night's emcee, Mike "DJ Kermie" May, that Tyler would not be partaking in karaoke and that any photos of the frontman were prohibited. So, of course, both things happened.

The Desert Sun reports that two patrons prefaced their karaoke cover of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with a promise that their rendition would "totally suck." And it did, so much so that the duo was booed off the mics midway through the song. It was then that Tyler, not one to let his Armageddon track be blemished, came to the rescue.

Aerosmith in photos: four decades of rockin' the joint.

"All of a sudden, near the end of the song, [Tyler] grabbed the mic and started singing. The whole frickin' bar surrounded him and he just started singing the whole thing," May told the Desert Sun. "Karaoke will never get better then that." May also managed to snap a photo of Tyler karaokeing his own song. With the crowd texting everyone they knew relaying what they had just witnessed, Tyler and his team made a quick exit to avoid the inevitable arrival of more star-struck bar patrons.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Tyler entered a rehab facility last month to treat an addiction to prescription painkillers; the Desert Sun suggests Tyler enrolled in the nearby Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage.

Related Stories:
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Enters Rehab, Vows to Stay in Band
Aerosmith in Turmoil: Inside the Band's 40-Year War
Aerosmith's Kramer Speaks Out About Band's Singer Search

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

More Song Stories entries »