According to Steven Tyler, you should be thanking (or blaming?) Steven Tyler for the upcoming Guns N’ Roses reunion. When the Aerosmith frontman stopped by The Howard Stern Show yesterday, as Blabbermouth reports, he claimed that he was at least partly responsible for convincing Axl Rose to get the band back together:
I’m sure I’m not solely [responsible], but I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs a year ago and two years ago and three years ago. I bumped into him, and I had that talk…I said, “You need to get fucking back together again soon, because we all miss you.” Same thing someone said to me when Joe [Perry, Aerosmith guitarist] and I were fighting. “You’ve gotta get back together. What are you, crazy?” In fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi. I’m in rehab. He calls me up and goes, “What the fuck are you in rehab? The world needs you. We’re out here ripping it up, and everybody’s asking for Aerosmith. You need to get out of here, because people in the world need you.”
So I’d say to Axl, “You’ve gotta get together. There’s a place and time where if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.” And in another four or five years, no one’s gonna even know who they were or care if they’re on tour, and that’s Steven Tyler’s opinion. And also, I’m the lead singer of another great band, so I have a right to feel that way. I have such a huge ego about keeping the fire and the music together. Because if people come up to me and say, “Dude, I got laid to your music,” or a woman comes up to me and says, “We got married to your songs.” You had something to do with the fabric of people. Guns ‘N Roses had something to do with the fabric of humans on this planet, so I get fucking pissed.
According to a masterful subtweet from Guns ‘N Roses, however, no, you actually don’t need to be thanking and/or blaming Steven Tyler for anything:
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) January 28, 2016
Something tells me that those thanks are less than sincere!
Even if he didn’t have anything to do with the GNR reunion, though, it’s still been a big week for Steven Tyler. He also got schooled on relativity and cell phones by fellow Late Show guest Neil DeGrasse Tyson backstage on Colbert, and he somehow managed to walk into CNN’s live blizzard coverage in New York. Watch both of those incidents below.
— CNN (@CNN) January 23, 2016