Steven Tyler checks into rehab

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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. The 61-year-old veteran rocker has admitted that after nearly twenty years of sobriety that he is addicted to prescription painkillers. Tyler has cited numerous onstage injuries, including falling off a stage this past August, led to his dependency on pills to manage his pain.

Tyler is currently being treated at Las Encinas Hospital’s drug rehabilitation clinic in Pasedna, California, the same facility where addiction specialist and radio talk-show host Dr. Drew Pinsky practices. The center also is featured in the reality series Celebrity Rehab.

In a statement to Rolling Stone Magazine, Tyler said: “With the help of my family and team of medical professionals I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford.” He went to on to say that previous media reports that claimed Tyler asked his bandmates for a two-year break form the group are false and that he plans to return to the band to record and perform “as soon as things are handled.”

As of today, the fate of Tyler’s benefit performance for the Child and Family Services scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 23 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire is unknown. In a statement on the event’s website, the agency said: “CFS understands that addiction is a disease and supports Tyler’s endeavors to recover. The agency wishes the best to Tyler and his family during this difficult time. It is unknown at this point how this latest turn of events may or may not impact the January engagement, but once that is determined, CFS will communicate with patrons immediately and accommodate accordingly.”

The sold-out event, dubbed “Dream On: An Intimate Evening with Steven Tyler”, was to feature a multi-media presentation including video of Aerosmith concert footage, images captured through Tyler’s and the band’s remarkable history, stories of life on the road, discussion of Tyler’s personal journey including his struggles with addiction, a special solo presentation of two renowned songs, and a question-answer period between Tyler and the audience. Ticket sales from the sold-out event will benefit Child and Family Services’ adolescent substance abuse treatment and child abuse prevention initiatives.

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