Steven Tyler In His Own Words
January 5, 2012 2 Comments
Steven Tyler has been in the news this past week for his engagement to his girlfriend of the past seven years, Erin Brady. There have been rumors that his family is upset about the engagement, pictures of the ring, and pictures of a shirtless Tyler strolling the sands of Hawaii.
In the course of a two hour interview, Tyler informed Oprah Winfrey that:
“I may come off as a sexual animal, and I definitely am on stage, cause trust me, I feel it myself. But I’m not really, really that. I’ll sing about it, I put it out there but I’m not.”
That may be true, but if Tyler’s private life is separate from his public performance, then why does he need to start reforming his public image now? Presumably some of it is due to his current job as a judge for American Idol. But are we to believe that Tyler has changed radically from what he supposedly wrote just last year?
Here are two choice quotes on marriage and fidelity from Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir.
“If a woman marries a rock star, doesn’t she know that women are constantly throwing themselves at him, and being a man, what is he meant to do?”
“Getting married, it’s all ‘I, Betty, take Joe…better or worse…death or sickness.’ Excuse me? Did you say better or worse? And then you divorce him? Didn’t you take avow? Weren’t we supposed to learn compassion and forgiveness from the Pope? Didn’t the Pope once go visit the guy in the hospital who shot him? So how come I can’t get none?”
It’s only my business whether or not Mr. Tyler “gets none” insofar as he markets his image to the public, which includes me. And I, uh, bought his book, in which he purports to confess his true wildness. It may have been exaggerated and fabricated, but it doesn’t mean that I have to buy his new line. I’m guessing that Steven and Erin already have a good idea of what their life together is like.