Steven Tyler: "Idol" Job a Dig at Bandmates

By Eric Alt
|  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011  |  Updated 6:27 PM EDT
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Steven Tyler: "Idol" Job a Dig at Bandmates

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Steven Tyler tells all in a new "Rolling Stone" interview

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If you're wondering how Steven Tyler ended up alongside Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on "American Idol," it looks like you can thank his bandmates.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Tyler reveals his true motivation for accepting to high profile television gig.

"Did I take this job to show the band?" "F***, yeah," says Tyler, after explaining how the rest of Aerosmith had threatened to kick him out of the band. "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."

Later in the interview, Tyler doesn't hold back when explaining what went wrong when Aerosmith attempted to record a new album in 2008.

"Joe [Perry] was high and he couldn't play," says Tyler. "I couldn't sing, really, because I was snorting everything, and it [messes] up your throat. It was the wrong time."

Not only is it clear that Tyler has not totally abandoned his rock star ways, he also offers up a typically Steven Tyler-esque critique - part inappropriate, part heartfelt - of the "American Idol" hopefuls.

“You know what, out of the 20 kids you saw tonight," he says, "if you could just sprinkle 10 years of smoking pot, getting [messed] up, getting laid, ... and 10 years of just life, which one of those people wouldn’t be a star?”

Selected Reading: Rolling Stone, MSNBC, TMZ

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