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Steven Tyler to Aerosmith -- You CAN'T Fire Me!!

4/27/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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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? F**k, 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."

During the interview, Tyler also reveals he went on a drug binge with Joe Perry a few years ago during an "ill-fated attempt to cut a new album."

Tyler told the mag ... the album never got made because, "Joe was high and he couldn't play ... I couldn't sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it f**ks up your throat. It was the wrong time."

One more fun fact from the article -- when it came to the "Idol" gig, Tyler was up against The Who legend Roger Daltrey ... but producers passed on Roger because they felt he was "Very formal, his hair was cut, he looked like a regular guy. He had lost that sort of rock & roll charm."

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Angea    

Pink Floyd legend Roger Daltry???? TMZ - what is up with that?

1093 days ago
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GT    

"Pink Floyd legend Roger Daltrey?" I see fact checking at TMZ is not a priority. Daltrey was the frontman for The Who. Dumbasses.

1093 days ago
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iswhatam    

dumbass...

1093 days ago
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electriczipper    

Tyler needs to crawl to some island and die.He is an old man playing a young mans game and roger dawltry cant even remember his own name he is so brain dead.These has beens need to go away
far away

1093 days ago
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disinhouston    

Come on guys!!! Roger Daltrey was in The Who, not Pink Floyd. That's Roger Waters.

1093 days ago
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HarvRulz    

I think they may have meant Roger Waters from Pink Floyd.

1093 days ago
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mid    

Steve, hon, less talking and more booty shaking on stage. Keep the Aerosmith laundry in the hamper and get back out there with the band.

1093 days ago
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Areader    

Gotta love Steven!

1093 days ago
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noneofyourbusiness    

Hey, at least he is honest.

1093 days ago
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3Storms    

He and Perry have acted like they're the only two members of the band for decades; they've treated everoyne else poorly and even made sure everyone else in the band is not paid the same as them.

They never held him hostage to the band; to the contrary it was always the other way around.

1093 days ago
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Puffy    

Steven Tyler IS Aerosmith. Who would buy an Aerosmith album without Steven Tyler singing lead?? A lot of people around here think life is over once you hit 35 but wait until you get there, I'm pretty sure you aren't going to go home and lay down and die because the 20 year olds think you no longer matter.

1093 days ago
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your own luck    

Steven Tyler never looked more like a muppet than in this photo.

1093 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Old habits die hard with the toxic twins. Of course they can't even make a crap album, their brains are fried!

Tyler doesn't think AI is even a worse hell having to fawn over JLo and her crying fits? Please. It's a total embarrassment that he can't endure straight. Stop the money grubbing and retire!

1093 days ago
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JBDragon    

It's no longer Aerosmith without Steven Tyler!!! Might as well chance your band name as no one will care! If anything, having Steven Tyler on American Idol has gotten a lot of people, including a new Generation to buy Aerosmith Album's and song tracks. A good Boost in sales. If the rest of the band is that DUMB to toss him out, so be it. They can go play in small BARS making very little money and Steven Tyler will do a few more years of American Idol making millions.

1093 days ago
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Wishbone    

Steven Tyler IS Aerosmith. Electriczipper...you're an idiot. Hasbeens?? I suppose that explains why today's "brilliant minds in music" constantly replay/screw up the music from bands like Aerosmith. You must be a Hanson fan.

1093 days ago
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