Musicians have long been associated with the excess’ of rock ’n’ roll, you know, drink, drugs and of course the sex. Well, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Joe Walsh of the Eagles have come clean about the constant temptation to return to the dark side even though they have both fought to control their demons, won, and achieved a new level of success.
It took Tyler four attempts to sober up and has now been on the wagon for almost 9 years. As for Walsh, he has now been clean and sober for 25.
A recent GQ interview shone some light on the daily struggle of the two aforementioned as well as other musicians that shed some light on their best and worst moments with addiction.
Tyler explained: “We believed that the road to wisdom was through excess,” Adding: “But it got really bad in the ’80s.” “Stupidly, naively, when I had an album that didn’t do as good as the one before it, my thinking was well, obviously I didn’t drink nearly enough,” Walsh added. “‘Jeez, I need to do more – it’s wearing off’.’”
For both Tyler and Walsh there were times when the sense of positivity became hard to find. Walsh said: “I ended up this godless, hateful thing,” Adding: “I had burned a lot of bridges. I had done crazy things. I didn’t really have any friends … I had forgot I was a musician. I forgot I play guitar – just didn’t do that anymore. I just kind of isolated and sat at home, and I had my own little universe that I was the head of. The only thing that mattered was not running out of vodka and cocaine. And that was a lot of work.”
Tyler soberly pointed out that: “what happens with using is, it works in the beginning, but it doesn’t work in the end. It takes you down. There’s nothing but jail, insanity or death.”
Walsh also addressed the subject of him ever returning to drink, he explained: “I can just see it, clearer than anything: If I get going again, I won’t make it back,” he noted. “And I don’t want to do that. Life is too good.” “I don’t worry,” Tyler admitted. “I know it’s possible. But I keep myself surrounded by the people that are [sober], and I rely on them for things in my life.”