Aerosmith Frontman Spreads Antidrug Message At Benefit


December 10, 2007

Steven Tyler, lead singer for Aerosmith, says he is doing everything he can to help keep kids off drugs.

“I want to pass the message to kids that it is so easy to smoke a joint, quit school and get into trouble, but that leads to nowhere and there are alternatives like the Boys & Girls Clubs that are paths to success,” Tyler said.

Tyler, hailed as one of the greatest rock frontmen of all time, was in town this weekend for the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Bikers Bash, which raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

Tyler, a proud rock ‘n’ roll grandfather, said he got involved in the fundraiser through his friends Bruce Rossmeyer, owner of Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson, and Plantation’s Richie Supa, the acclaimed Aerosmith songwriter best known for the hit Amazing.

There is no easy way to beat any kind of addiction, stressed Tyler, 59, who has combatted drug and alcohol addiction most of his life.

“There is only one way to beat addiction: you have to hit bottom,” Tyler said. “You have to have some DWIs, get arrested, be humiliated, have your wife and children leave you, have your friends and band members walk away. Addiction is a one-way street to death, jail or insanity.”

The Bikers Bash, which took place Friday night at a private tent at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood, featured an acoustic set with Tyler, who sang Misery, Amazing, Pink and Chip Away the Stone, the latter a duet performed with Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

The night ended with some rock ‘n’ roll drama during the wild Bikers Bash after-party at Pangaea/Gryphon nightclub in the Hard Rock complex.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., while seated in the VIP section of Pangaea, Tyler’s girlfriend, Erin Brady, got into a fight with a sexy young woman who tried to get too friendly with her rock star boyfriend.

“Tyler and security broke them up and everyone had a good time till 5:30 a.m.,” said Pangaea co-owner John Surgent.

Neil was also partying, but mostly by himself. He spent the night nursing cocktails by the bar at the VIP room of Gryphon.

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