Choice Excerpts From Steven Tyler's Cover Story

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Magic Moments

Tyler is in a manic, mystical state of awe and gratitude these days, practically vibrating with sweet emotion – hence the unflagging positivity he exudes in his new gig as an American Idol judge. "I'm not sure if I'm going to be a sorcerer at the age of 80 and be able to throw fire," he says, pacing the hilltop, "but, man, walking around all day, the only times I looked at the clock, it was 11:11, 2:22, 3:33 – not the myriad of 60 other minutes...Something's going on with that – too many magic moments. Maybe life is random, but I doubt it."


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