For singers, this is like the musical equivalent of the career-saving Tommy John surgery in baseball. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, a Boston native, was among the first to undergo a similar procedure under Zeitels' watch in 2006, and his voice has been fine since. (The same can't be said about Tyler's face.) With so many artists currently struggling with serious vocal cord issues -- John Mayer, Kiss' Paul Stanley, Keith Urban and Chris Cornell, to name a few — Zeitels can expect his surgical schedule to mirror that of Tommy John innovator and pitcher fixer Dr. James Andrews.
Adele is still on strict orders to rest and recuperate, so she'll still be out of order until 2012. With a full recovery expected, fans can look forward to Adele finally delivering on her U.S. tour -- plus 24 or 25 or whatever age she releases her next album -- in the near future.
- Steven Tyler
- Massachusetts General Hospital