The Sign Steven Tyler Got About Aerosmith’s Downfall

The mid-‘7os were the glory days for Aerosmith. They were arguably one of the most successful bands then, and they were relentlessly touring the United States. Even though there were naysayers, the band was riding the biggest high as they had even released a nine-time multi-platinum album ‘Toys In The Attic.’

Some would say they were living the dream. However, the dream quickly got out of hand as they lost touch with reality every day that went by. It was a different absurd headline almost every day from wives who continuously quarreled, band members who fell offstage regularly, $100,000 room-service bills, to million-dollar budgets and money that went through the drain.

The end of the ’70s was not Aerosmith’s most glorious, to say the least. After the success of their previous albums, it was a hard fall as the partying, drugs, and alcohol had reached their peak, where they started to receive serious warnings due to their lifestyles. More importantly, Steven Tyler eventually realized that the ship was sinking, especially after watching the ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ movie which portrayed what Spinal Tap as a band was going through at the time.

From groupies, canceled bookings, creative differences, condescending management, and technical malfunctions to retailers refusing to sell their new album because of its sexist cover. That movie about Spinal Tap was a sign for Tyler to recognize that they were going downhill and had to make drastic changes to their current lifestyle.

In a 1990 interview with Rolling Stone, the Aerosmith frontman said:

“Jerry Garcia says that we were the druggiest bunch of guys the Grateful Dead ever saw. They were worried about us, so that gives you some idea of how f*cked up and crazy we were.”

He then continued talking about the time he saw the movie ‘This Is Spinal Tap’:

“I was real high at the time, and Aerosmith was sinking – we were like a boat going down. And that movie was way too close, way too real. Our last album was ‘Rock in a Hard Place,’ which sold, like, maybe ten copies; Spinal Tap did ‘Stonehenge,’ and our album cover looked exactly like that. I freaked. I took Spinal Tap real personally.”

Before they shifted how they lived their lives, Tyler and Perry became the Toxic Twins in the eyes of fans. A cloud of childish feuds and arguments always followed them, not to mention the heroin use on the verge of eradicating them forever. The situation was not fun and games anymore when it was just about partying it up, so Perry left the band at the end of the ’70s, followed by Brad Whitford.

Thus, after seeing Spinal Tap’s way of living, which had so many similarities with Aerosmith, Steven Tyler realized that they had to make some lifestyle changes to get back on their feet and live a much more sustainable life without drugs and alcohol to continue making great music for their fans once again.