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Steven Tyler: I Didn’t Fall Off The Wagon

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In a phone interview with the Today Show this morning, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler insisted that he was sober when he fell in the shower of his South American hotel room earlier this week, breaking his front teeth.

"Being
in the program, it's something we have to expect," Tyler told Matt
Lauer, shooting down speculation that he had relapsed into alcoholism.
"People thinking that is natural and normal. We flew last night from
Paraguay after that incident and we're in Argentina for two hours. And
anyone who knows anyone who uses substances wouldn't be up at this hour
having a talk with Matt Lauer and the rest of America. It's nothing I
don't understand. It makes me a little upset. But people think that."

Despite
the superficial injuries to his face, Tyler confirmed that he will not
be missing any shows on the band's current tour. "Short of having my
legs taken off, people are going to expect me onstage no matter what,"
he said. "I went out onstage last night and I wore my sunglasses for the
first song. I took them off and the crowd roared. It's all about
playing to the people. We rocked out. Not only did I break my face, but
we broke a house record, so life is beautiful, Matt."

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