Steven Tyler Gives Away His Secret to Cocaine Use on Tour (Video)

Steven Tyler Ellen DeGeneres Show - H 2012
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Steven Tyler Ellen DeGeneres Show - H 2012

After his frank conversation on the series premiere of OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, Steven Tyler continues his press tour with a stop on Tuesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The host took a special interest in the exorbitant amount of drugs he used during his busy Aerosmith schedule and he explained just how it was possible.

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“Well, I being the lead singer could lean over and a coca cola can dumped out, empty, dried out with a hair dryer with blow in the bottom with a straw in it,” Tyler, 63, explains with a demonstration of how instead of putting the straw in his mouth, he would put it in his nose and sniff.

He even credited some of Aerosmith’s success to the band’s dependence on alcohol and drugs. “I gotta tell yah if it wasn’t for cocaine, I don’t think the band would have played every state in the United States nine times in seven years,” he says. “Because there was no MTV back then, Peruvian marching powder, it was like, ‘Iowa, three in a row? Give me that,” as he demonstrates the sniffing again.

To tell you the truth, he makes it sound, well, rock and roll... But, that’s not the message he wants to put out there.  Rockers, listen up: He reels it back in saying, “It’s what we did, but you know there is no end to that. It’s death, jail, or insanity for real reals.”

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He says that he initially went sober in 1988 (one of the first for rock and roll stars at the time, he points out), but he apparently relapsed. Yet now, he has two years of sobriety to celebrate.

“I want to be in touch with what it means to be in this band and stand for something in the rock and roll community or you fall for anything,” he says. “I don’t want to do drugs anymore for that reason… That place lost me my kids, a marriage, a band, a lot of things and it’s for real. That’s how dangerous that is. So, I take it serious.”

Tyler says he’s working on a new album from his sober view on life. American Idol returns to Fox on Wednesday.

Watch the interview after the page break below.

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