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Steven Tyler – living on the edge
 
Steven was born in Yonkers, New York, to the family of a secretary and a classical pianist. His grandfather came to the U.S. from the Western part of the Russian Empire (now Poland), in the process changing his surname from "Czarnyszewicz" (Polish for 'black') to "Blancha" (Spanish for 'white').
 
After forming the band in cca. 1970 and spending time playing in Boston clubs for two years, Aerosmith, led by Tyler,  acquired their signature sound described as "the closest thing to the Rolling Stones". In 1972 they got their break at the legendary nightclub Max's Kansas City, where they were spotted by record industry producers and were signed up for a string of hit records with Columbia Records. 
 
He is known under the nickname of  "Demon of Screaming" due to his high-pitched screams, enabled by his phenomenal vocal range, and his on-stage antics. 
 
In 1980, Tyler was injured in a motorcycle crash and spent several months in a hospital bed on medication. Years of drug abuse, fuelled by high stress and busy touring schedule, followed; at on time, Tyler would even roam the streets of New York late at night, looking for a heroin dealer! Nevertheless, the band recorded several hit albums, including the "Rock in a Hard Place" and "Permanent Vacation", with the latter going platinum. 
 
Tyler and the company continued touring, attracting new audiences thanks to the wise collaboration with the more youth-oriented artists like Run–D.M.C. (the famous "Walk This Way" cover in 1986), to the experimenting with new directions, demonstrated by their hit "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", recorded for the Armageddon movie, as well as to high-publicity gigs, including playing at the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show.
 
In addition to being one of the most successful and long-lasting musicians in the history of America, Tyler is also a motorcycle designer/aficionado with his own brand Dirico Motorcycles, as well as a public figure, sitting on the jury of the American Idol contest and initiating the Steven Tyler Act (Hawaii Senate Bill 465), granting more privacy to celebrities on vacation!
 
Tyler's personal life has been as stormy as it gets, even for a rocker! In 1975 he began a three-year relationship with a 16 year old groupie, marred by drug abuse and a traumatic abortion. Then he had a brief relationship with fashion model Bebe Buell, fathering future actress Liv Tyler.
 
In 1978, he married model Cyrinda Foxe, who gave him his second daughter, Mia Tyler. Ten years later, in 1988, he married clothing designer Teresa Barrick, who gave him his third daughter, Chelsea Anna Tallarico and his first son Taj Monroe Tallarico. The couple divorced in 2006, with Tyler immediately starting another relationship, with Erin Brady. This time it did not come to marriage - last year the couple broke off their engagement...
 
Sources: 
"Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith"
 – Harper Collins Publishers (1999) 
"The Autobiography: Does the noise in my head bother you?" – Steven Tyler with David Dalton , Harper Collins Publishers (2011)
 

 


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