According to the Concord Monitor, AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler's previously announced "multimedia solo presentation" on January 23 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire has been cancelled. It's unknown if Tyler's appearance will be rescheduled, said Kat Strange, communications director for Child and Family Services, a key sponsor of the show.
"Our agency and the people working with the artist's management all agree that we want to reschedule this date," Strange said yesterday. "Given the serious health concerns Mr. Tyler is facing, you just can't pick a day, but that's Plan A."
Tyler last month entered a rehab facility to deal with what has been described as pain management and an addiction to painkillers, according to People.com. Tyler issued a statement in which he 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."
The revelation followed a four-month period in which Tyler did not speak with his bandmates and announced that he was taking two years off to work on his own solo career, which in turn prompted the other members of AEROSMITH to explore the possibility of getting a new frontman. Tyler added in his statement, "I love AEROSMITH; I love performing as the lead singer in AEROSMITH. I am grateful for all of the support and love I am receiving and am committed to getting things taken care of."
Tyler's daughter, actress Liv Tyler, said, "My family and I are in complete support of my dad's decision to seek treatment. He is a courageous man. We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans."
Tyler, whose successful efforts to get clean and sober in the mid-Eighties played a large role in the band's comeback during the latter half of that decade, has suffered from pain due to multiple orthopedic injuries over the past ten years.
His physician, Dr. Brian McKeon, told People.com that the 61-year-old rocker will need additional surgery on his knees and feet. McKeon said, "Despite our use of alternative therapies and the creation of custom shoes built by a team of engineers from Timberland, Steven's pain has progressed. The balance between managing his pain and avoiding addiction is tenuous and difficult and his bravery in persevering through rigorous touring is admirable."
The tensions within AEROSMITH began surfacing in August, when a summer tour was cut short after Tyler injured himself in a fall from a stage. During the next few months, Perry, Whitford and Kramer all expressed their concern for Tyler's health and state of mind, hinting that he may have lapsed back into drug use.