Michael Jackson's people have just thrown Britney Spears, George Michael, Van Halen, Aerosmith and other big names under a big tour bus, because MJ's people have just labeled them hard-core drug abusers just to make a point in a lawsuit.
Here's the deal. Lloyds of London has refused to pay benefits under an insurance policy that AEG took out in case MJ was not able perform for the "This Is It" tour. Lloyds rejected the claim on grounds Michael and AEG defrauded the company by failing to fess up that MJ was a drug abuser.
Now the bus. The Michael Jackson Company (MJC) sued Lloyds, demanding payment. MJC claims in public documents -- obtained by TMZ -- that a number of artists, including Britney, George, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Kings of Leon, AC/DC, Johnny Hallyday and Whitney Houston all were known drug addicts and all of them applied for similar insurance to Lloyds.
MJC wants to see how the other rock stars were treated to determine if Michael is being singled out unfairly.
Short story -- to make their case, they're going to tar and feather every other rock star and act in sight.
Cancels Indonesia Concert
After Bomb Scare
5/6/2013 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aerosmith has cancelled a concert in Indonesia scheduled for Saturday after two militants were arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up the Myanmar Embassy.
A promoter for the show in Jakarta blamed the cancellation on safety concerns -- it's unclear if there was a direct threat to the band or the concert venue.
Cops in Indonesia said two suspected militants had been arrested in connection to the bomb threats -- and explosives were seized. According to reports, the militants are suspected of plotting to use the bombs against the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta to protest Myanmar's treatment of Muslims.
Aerosmith apologized for the cancellation and promised to make it up to the fans there, but there was no immediate news about rescheduling.
$6 Million Cocaine ...
2/28/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler has us baffled ... not by the fact he claims to have dropped $6 mil on nose candy -- but by the strangely awesome numerical riddle he laid on our camera guy! Math just ain't our thing.
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I Spent $5 Mil on Cocaine
2/22/2013 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler says he "snorted half of Peru" over the course of his drug-addled rock career -- easily spending at least $5 million on cocaine before he finally kicked the habit.
The Aerosmith singer revealed the drug numbers on Australia's "60 Minutes" this week, saying he spent a fortune on booger sugar as a young rock star ... "Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy ... You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it's what we did."
Tyler's been open about his former drug addiction for a while now -- telling Matt Lauer back in 2011, "I needed that cocaine. I needed it." But he said it ruined him, adding, "It took my children away, it took my marriages away. I was on my knees."
Tyler sobered up in the mid 80s but later relapsed. He was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2003, which he believes he contracted as a result of his intravenous drug use.
Tyler's been in and out of rehab numerous times, but now considers himself sober.
I'll Play the Bongo ...
You Watch My Schlongo
1/24/2013 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
See if you can watch this video of a mankini-sportin' Steven Tyler bangin' away in a drum circle in Maui ... and NOT stare at his drumstick.
Anyway, we obtained this incredible footage of the Aerosmith singer layin' down a beat during one of those hippy drum circles usually reserved for Venice Beach ... or Matt McConaughey's house.
Word on the street is ... the hot chick in the background is Tyler's rebound chick ... which sorta makes sense since there have been reports he broke up with fiancee Erin Brady.
In related news ... penis.
Steven Tyler Gives Beyonce
on Fake National Anthem
1/23/2013 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce could've done a sock puppet lip-sync of the "Star Spangled Banner" -- as far as Steven Tyler's concerned -- as long as her smoking bod was in plain view at the Inauguration.
Steven was outside the Viper Room, and when we asked about B's lip-syncing debacle he said ... "Beyonce's so hot she can do anything. Let's just get real."
Aerosmith's frontman didn't seem the least bit bent about the controversy, and even belted out ... "Whatever gets you through the night" ... LIVE, mind you.
So, has Steven ever, y'know -- faked it?
Check the clip and get the answer straight from those famous lips.
Johnny Depp with Aerosmith
Dude Looks Like
a Rock Star
12/4/2012 3:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Proving he can do whatever he wants and still look cool, Johnny Depp joined Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith on stage at the band's show in L.A. on Monday.
With the crowd going wild, the 49-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" star jammed with the band for two songs. Johnny's impromptu gig comes just days after he performed with Alice Cooper at his concert at the Orpheum Theater last week.
Fun Fact: In the '90s, Johnny played guitar/bass as part of the alternative music group P.
Drops F-Bomb on 'Today'
11/2/2012 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler had a rough morning -- not only did he not know what show he was on, he also dropped an F-bomb on live television!
Tyler -- who is probably never awake at such an early hour -- performed with Aerosmith on the "Today" show this morning ... only he thought he was on a different program. Al Roker's reaction ... priceless.
Then, while Roker was giving a weather update, Tyler screamed in the background to the crowd, "Thanks for coming out, you crazy f**ks!"
And now you know why rock stars perform at night.
on Nicki/Mariah Feud
10/6/2012 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler thinks the entire Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey beef is being orchestrated by the show for ratings ... and as a former judge on the show, he's one to know.
Our photog spotted the Aerosmith rocker last night leaving an L.A. restaurant -- it's called Son of a Gun (we like the name) -- and when we asked him if the entire feud was BS, he scoffed and said ... well, watch the video and you'll see.
And just in case you had hopes the scarfed one might make an "A.I." return some day ... Tyler proclaimed he'd never go back.
It's not safe for a delicate person like him.
Single, Ready to Mingle
... at Pink Taco
8/7/2012 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A freshly-single Johnny Depp threw on some eyeliner and his finest pashmina last night ... and partied his face off with his boys from Aerosmith ... the first time we've seen the actor in public since announcing his split from Vanessa Paradis.
Depp was among the legion of stars who attended the Aerosmith after party at Pink Taco in West Hollywood -- a list that included Jim Carrey, Seth Green, Lana Del Rey and the guys from Tokio Hotel.
One source inside the party tells us, "Aerosmith rented the place out ... one of the greatest parties I've ever seen ... legendary."
It's been roughly six weeks since Depp and Paradis broke things off -- after spending 14 years together. Maybe a little Pink Taco action is just what the doctor ordered.
of 'American Idol'
1/17/2012 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry seems to finally get it ... Steven Tyler's gig on "American Idol" is good for the band.
Perry was at LAX yesterday when he was asked how he felt about Tyler returning to "A.I." as a judge. Perry replied, "It's tough having your lead singer have a day job .. but ya know, what can you do?"
But when asked if he would ever PERFORM on the show ... Perry said, "Yeah, that could probably happen."
It's a big change for Perry ... who slammed the show back in 2010 as an advertising machine that's only "one step above Ninja Turtles."
So why is Perry coming around on Idol? Might have something to do with Aerosmith planning to release a new album in May ... and some PR on the "Idol" machine could have a huge impact on sales.
Dude Looks Like a Fiance
12/27/2011 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler is domesticating himself ... because his longtime GF was sporting a huge rock on her finger this weekend ... and sources close to the rocker tell us it's an ENGAGEMENT RING!
63-year-old Tyler and 38-year-old Erin Brady hit Maui on Xmas day ... along with a massive new diamond. It's unclear if Tyler proposed before or during the tropical vacay.
The two have been dating since 2006. Tyler has been married twice before ... he married a model in 1978 and a clothing designer in 1988.
I Did NOT Fall Off the Wagon
10/27/2011 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Tyler claims he did not fall off the wagon before he fell on his face in the shower this week ... but says he understands why people might not believe him.
Tyler -- who went public about his issues with substance abuse in the past -- called in to the "Today' show this morning to talk to Matt Lauer about rumors he was using again.
Tyler responded, "I get that people think that ... It still bothers me a little, but it's something that I have to deal with for the rest of my life."
Moments later, Matt asked, "But you're clean and sober, that's not the issue?"
Tyler replied, "No, it's not the issue."