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Did You Ever Wonder Why Steven Tyler Is on American Idol?

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And I don’t mean that question in a bitchy way – I think Steven Tyler has been an excellent addition to American Idol – it’s just that he kind of seemed like too big a deal for the show.  But, lucky for us, Steven chatted up TMZ about his reasoning behind joining the show, and it’s a little bizarre, if you ask me:

Steven Tyler claims he took the gig on American Idol to show his Aerosmith bandmates that he wouldn’t be “held hostage” by them … after the band threatened to kick Tyler to the curb.

Tyler dropped a whole series of truth bombs during an interview with Rolling Stone … in which he explains, “Did I take this job to show the band? Fuck, yeah. Not to show them, but that I can’t be held hostage anymore. I will be my own hostage. The band can’t throw me out.”

He also goes on to talk about how he and Joe Perry tried to make a new album a few years ago, but they couldn’t because they were all hopped up on drugs, but that’s not news.  Really, I’m way more interested in the fact that Aerosmith thinks they could function without Steven Tyler.  That’s absurd, right? Would you listen to some old random up on stage, trying to pass off his sad rendition of “Walk This Way” as an Aerosmith performance?

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