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Steven's Surgery [20 Aug 2006|07:27pm]

tylergasm
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006 |
Rock's best laser light show is in Steven Tyler's throat
By ZACHARY M. SEWARD, The Wall Street Journal

Friday, August 18, 2006

BOSTON — Steven Tyler, the rock star and lead singer for Aerosmith, lay on an operating table at Massachusetts General Hospital in March, a thin laser snaking through his iconic mouth and down into his legendary pipes.

Nearly six months into a North American tour, a popped blood vessel on Tyler’s right vocal cord had reduced his singing voice to a hoarse shrill and forced Aerosmith to cancel all 20 of its remaining concerts.

The injury was a potential disaster for Tyler, whose hot-blooded, high-pitched tones have defined his 33-year career. Even the slightest tweak in his throat — the stiffening of a vocal cord or a change in its vibration — could have forever altered the sound of “Walk This Way,” his signature tune.

But now, almost five months after his experimental surgery, he declares, “Oh, I’m back in action.” He proves it with a series of wild, cascading scales. “I can do the whole Janis Joplin thing,” he says. Tyler had to rest his vocal cords after the surgery (“The hardest thing was not talking for three weeks,” he says), but he’s working full-time now. Aerosmith has been recording in the studio this month, and a new gig, “The Route of All Evil Tour” with Motley Crue, begins Sept. 5.

How Tyler, 58, reacquired his voice, signature squawks and all, could have broad implications for professional singers silenced by vocal disorders. He was treated with a pulsed potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) laser, the latest and most promising procedure to come out of Mass. General’s voice center. Quick bursts of green laser light, lasting just 15 milliseconds, zapped Tyler’s broken blood vessel, sealing the vessel without touching it.

The procedure is sounding a positive note for more successful and resilient recoveries from vocal disorders like Tyler’s. It has saved the voices of at least 14 other singers since 2005, including the opera star Carol Vaness. A paper published last week by Steven M. Zeitels in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology (that would be ear, nose and throat) reports effective and “relatively safe” treatments in 39 singers, using the pulsed-KTP laser in some cases and an earlier incarnation, a yellow-light laser, in others.

“This is profoundly affecting the way we treat vocal disorders,” says Zeitels, who performed the surgery on Tyler.

A dermatologist at Mass. General, R. Rox Anderson, first developed the use of a pulsed laser for treating port-wine stains on baby skin. The laser heated the blood causing the stain without stiffening the delicate baby skin around it. Zeitels then applied the same concept to the vocal cords. Zeitels believes he’s the only one using the pulsed-KTP laser on the vocal cords.

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 7.5 million Americans have trouble using their voice, with disorders ranging from spasms to tumors. Singers, who use their voices constantly with little rest, are at the highest risk. Greater touring demands have increasingly strained voice boxes in genres from opera to hip hop. And the belting, wailing, and screeching common among some singers, especially in hard rock and heavy metal, have led to still further woes. Canceled appearances, delayed albums and shortened careers can frustrate both artists and their fans. Just this week, Mick Jagger was forced to cancel two Rolling Stones concerts in Spain after coming down with laryngitis, the band said.

“Just like athletes, singers need to have adequate rest,” says Jan Shapiro, chair of the voice department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. “Opera singers hitting high notes, even students practicing every day, that takes its toll. We see all sorts of voice problems and more now than ever.”

The offices of Mass. General’s voice center, which has emerged as the nation’s pioneer in the treatment of vocal disorders, are a testament to its range of high-profile patients. Signed head shots of such artists as Ozzie Osborne and Cher line the wall. A photo features Sen. John F. Kerry, who lost his voice in losing the 2004 presidential election. Another shows a smiling Jack Welch, former chief executive of General Electric Co.

The dominant treatments for broken blood vessels in the larynx have traditionally been cauterization and removal with with surgical tools. But both methods carry a high risk for altering the vocal cords, or vocal folds, as they are clinically known, by applying excess heat and leaving them stiff.

In Tyler’s operation, the goal “was to get the vessel to seal without getting heat outside the vessel,” Zeitels says. “It’s the heat outside the vessel that causes stiffening in the vocal folds.”

Zeitels has used the laser to treat not only broken vessels, but also dilated veins, polyps and precancerous lesions known as dysplasia. The laser interrupts the blood supply that such disorders depend on to thrive. Many of the procedures can be performed in his office with just local anesthesia. The main risk is surgical error, since the treatment area is so small.

The treatment is not just for singers, either. “We get professors, CEOs, anyone who’s using his voice all day without much rest for years and years,” says Robert E. Hillman, research director at the voice center. They have also begun using the pulsed-KTP laser on laryngeal cancer, helping to avoid radiation treatment or removal of the larynx.

John Ward, a business professor at Northwestern University, developed two cancers on his vocal cords, and many doctors said he would have to undergo radiation, which causes scarring and can only be used once. But in three surgeries over several months, Zeitels was able to remove the larger tumor and eliminate the other by cutting off its blood supply with the yellow-light laser. That saved Ward’s voice, and he continues to give lectures and coach his child’s soccer team.

Almost four years later, Ward is considered cured and says in a raspy but healthy voice, “Dr. Zeitels not only saved my life but my career as well.” The experience led Ward to help form the Institute of Laryngology and Voice Restoration, which has raised more than $5 million for the Mass. General voice center in three years.

That money, along with funding from the hospital itself, has allowed Zeitels to expand his practice into a full-blown research center, by far the world’s largest in laryngeal surgery. The center is equipped with two advanced sound rooms, not unlike a recording studio, where doctors can make precise measurements of voice quality and lung pressure for comparison after treatment. A speech pathologist at the center, who is also a classical singer, outfitted her own examination room with a grand piano.

The center also provides continuing medical education classes for laryngologists and surgeons, sometimes presenting live demonstrations of the pulsed-KTP laser treatment. One video shown to doctors features a view of Tyler’s vocal cords, healed after surgery, as he sings Aerosmith’s 1973 smash “Dream On” with his customary verve.

The twin folds of mucous membrane vibrate violently over his larynx as Tyler hits the chorus, “Sing with me, sing for the years ...”

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L60biM4ens
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Celebration of the Sea [17 Jul 2005|03:05pm]

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Tyler and DMC at the "Celebration of the Sea!


Steven Tyler is confirmed to attend the "Celebration of the Sea" festival. This unique music and film festival happens on July 30th
at Rowells Marina in KeyLargo, FL. Other celeb guests include good friend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Chuck Berry!

From www.celebrationofthesea.com

Key Largo's "Celebration Of The Sea" is a world-class annual music and film festival hosted by high profile celebrities to celebrate the public's love of all things related to the ocean. The Event is highlighted by a live ocean-side concert featuring a number of top
musical acts which perform throughout the course of the day.


During each musical act's equipment change, a variety of multi-media presentations are presented on large video displays by the industry's leading photographers and cinematographers
featuring "ocean themed" natural history, environmental PSAs and award presentations.


The main stage for the event is positioned to allow general seating for thousands of attendees on land as well as viewing by boats in the bay surrounding the property. The concert will conclude with the performance of the final headlining act highlighted by a spectacular fireworks show over the bay.


Special VIP privileges include back stage passes, a VIP hospitality tent access which will be directly adjoining the stage, front row seating, an event gift bag and "meet and greet" access to the attending celebrities and performers.


General Admission: $50.00

Purchase your General Admission tickets now by calling TicketWeb toll-free: (866) 468-7630
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Tyler in NYC! [12 Jul 2005|02:48am]

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Tyler in the big Apple
Boston Herald Inside Track
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Monday, July 11, 2005

We hear:
That Aerosmith main man Steven Tyler has been spending time with the trio of Teutels at Orange County Choppers in upstate New York. Could an Aerodynamic Aerosmith-themed machine be far behind???
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Steven contributes to book on abuse! [09 Jul 2005|02:10pm]

tylergasm
[ mood | pleased ]

The bigger they are . . .

The title says it all. Called ''The Harder They Fall: Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Addiction and Recovery," Gary Stromberg and Jane Merrill's book is a collection of harrowing drug tales told by the likes of Malcolm McDowell, Alice Cooper, former baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, who famously pitched a no-hitter on LSD, and comedian Richard Lewis. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has written a blurb for the book, but Waltham's Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright is in it. ''When I discovered drinking as a teenager, I was happy for the first time in my life," Wright recalls. ''People would look at me and say, 'You know, Franz, you're going to get drunk,' and I'd say, 'No [expletive]. Like, why do you drink?' It never occurred to me you would drink for any other reason

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Rockin' The Joint [05 Jul 2005|12:44pm]

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According to the Journal on Ross Halfin's site:

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July 5th
Spending today going through my whole Aerosmith file...have to find photo's for the new Aerosmith cd 'Rockin the Joint'. My agent and his team couldn't work out who was who and what was what to the band... Alright I'm moaning but there are thousands of photos all mixed up...by the team...
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What do ya'll think of the name?? It is making me too excited for the new album!!!!!!!!!
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Happy 4th of July! [04 Jul 2005|11:37am]

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Send this to your friends!
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Tsunami Single Delayed! [04 Jul 2005|11:25am]

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From Rolling Stone.Com

The long-delayed tsunami benefit single "Tears in Heaven" -- featuring AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER, PINK, KELLY OSBOURNE, VELVET REVOLVER and GWEN STEFANI -- is now due during the coming holiday season . . .
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Steven Tyler's in a new movie! [12 Jan 2005|10:37pm]

mrs_talerico
[ mood | content ]

Steven Tyler is set to be (I'm not sure how large his role is) in the sequel to 'Get Shorty, called 'Be Cool', which is scheduled for release on March 5th, 2005.

He's big enough in the movie to be in some of the previews and on the website. Which I suggest everybody goes to. I forget the address now, but you can google 'Be Cool', and it should send you to the right place.

So yes. See the movie. Love the movie. :)

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Since no one else has said it .. [19 Dec 2004|06:16pm]

mrs_talerico
[ mood | blank ]

Steven Tyler's daughter Liv had a baby boy on Tuesday, December (14?).

That makes Steven Tyler a grandpa.

That sounds unnatural.

Don't get me wrong - I'm happy for Liv and all, but .. sigh .. why can't it be 1975 again

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Aloha [19 Nov 2004|07:19pm]

mrs_talerico
[ mood | gloomy ]

I would like to start by saying that 'Talerico' isn't the correct way to spell Steven Tyler's real last name (Tallarico), but when I made this account I was only beginning to delve into Steven's illustrious past. Therefore, the first site I ventured onto told me his original last name was Talerico. Hence the misspelled User Name.

If you know how to change User Names, please do share.

Anyway, If you couldn't tell by now, I am slighly obsessed by Steven and Aerosmith. They're amazing, and if anybody has listened to the song Seasons of Wither, they'd agree.

I was wondering - Is anybody else planning on purchasing the 'You Gotta Move' dvd coming out on Tuesday?

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"You Gotta Move" in Theatres!!!!! [29 Oct 2004|08:41pm]

aero_simmy
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Okay, I know this isn't entirely Steven related, but it does involve seein' him all nice and big on the movie screen! I just found out that they're playin' the Aerosmith DVD at certain Regal theatres! They've got a link on the af1 website!

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Mmmm. [21 Oct 2004|10:33pm]

cryptic_tear
[ mood | pleased ]

My heart is aching lately, due to lack of Steven.

I just found this community, and felt the need to TALK! You guys are the only ones who would understand.

My name is Lindsay, I'm 19 and live in Rhode Island. I've had the priviledge of going to over 15 Aerosmith concerts over the past seven years, and I've met Aerosmith twice, Steven three times.

The last time I met Steven was the best...

My boyfriend knows people who know Steven and Joey. Last November, my boyfriend and I got tickets and VIP passes to the New Hampshire show from them. We were told that the VIP passes wouldn't get us anywhere, but that we could try to get backstage if we found a way.

To make a long story short, we did, and we walked in on the end of a meet 'n greet. A lady came up to my boy and I, and she told us to step aside because Steven would be walking by. She asked us not to take pictures, and she asked us to not reach out to Steven.

I have really bad social anxiety, so it was really hard for me, especially since the lady said we weren't supposed to reach out to Steven. But he was walking exactly towards my boyfriend and myself, and I couldn't just watch him walk away.

Right as he walked by me, about two feet away from me, I said, "Steven, you're beautiful."

He stopped and looked at me, then asked, "Are you sure?"

I was so stunned that he responded, that I kind of just stood there. lol. I was such an idiot. Then Steven came closer to me, looked into my eyes and asked again, "Are you sure?"

I finally said, "Yes, you're beautiful. I love you."

He responded with, "Well, you're beautiful-er!" and kissed my cheek.

STUNNED. I was stunned. lol. I think I said something like, "I love you" and I gave him a quick hug. He looked into my eyes and just looked at me for a moment then said, "I love you, too."

Then he walked away.

I was SHAKING. I couldn't and still can't believe that he willingly spent a moment with me. And as I said, I have really bad social anxiety, and wasn't on any meds at that point, so I damn near died, I was so nervous, but I was so happy.

He said I was beautiful and kissed my cheek? Eek...It's been almost a year since it happened and my heart still flutters when I think about it.

He got so close to me...And just looked into my eyes for what felt like years. lol. Everything just stopped, it felt like. I've never connected with somebody like that before...He just gazed into my eyes and smiled at me, and he was so beautiful. You wouldn't believe how much cuter he is in person than he is in pictures and on tv. When he's looking at you, the world just stops.

He's such a sweet man, I've looked up to him since I was a little kid.

Today I went to aerosmith.com and downloaded that video of Steven singing "Dream On" with that Berklee college band, and it's so touching! At the end of it he cries a little...and...I don't know. He's beautiful. And he has such a kind heart.

I wouldn't be who I am if it weren't for him.

I guess I'll go now that I've talked your ears off. Take care, everybody. It's nice to meet you. :)
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[18 Aug 2004|11:13am]

martini_eyez
[ mood | cheerful ]

Hey everyone!!! I am new to post here!!! I know a lot of you already from either ST.net or AF1. I am Heather. I am 17 and I LOVVVVVVVVVVVE  that Demon of Screamin'!!!! I figured I'd post my first post with the pic of me and the band from the rescheduled Atlantic City venue. It was a wonderful time. Steven was such a sweetheart and I finally got that kiss on the lips I had so desired!!! I can die a happy woman now!!! LOLOLOL!!! So here's the pic, and I hope to post on here more!!! (P.S. that's me in the black and white pants next to Tom, and my bf is on the end with the red shirt and black leather pants, his name is Kevin, and his mom is next to Steven) :P

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Hello All! [12 Aug 2004|08:45pm]
2srwild
[ mood | tired ]

Just wanted to say "Hi" to all my Steven Tyler lovin' friends. I miss them already... how long til the next tour? LOL
Pam

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Hey!! [08 Aug 2004|05:23pm]

swtemo92603
Hey everyone! how are you all doin-i think some of you know me from the BPP forums, but for those of you who don't I'm Mari:)
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[07 Aug 2004|07:34pm]

lilyoftherecord
Hello, my name is Erica, and I have to admit that I'm a newbie Aerosmith addict. I've been a fan of them for 3 years because I accidentially downloaded one of thier songs. I absolutely love everything about them and the songs they write. They are the greatest rockband ever. Steven is hot, I love him to death. I have a big poster of him above my bed so that I can see him when I fall asleep everynight. And he is the first thing I wake up to every morning.
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[06 Aug 2004|07:34pm]

ragxd0ll

Hey everyone I'm Amber! I LOVE AEROSMITH SOOOOOO MUCH! I'm absoutley IN LOVE with Steven he's so amazing words cannot even describe him he's just so wonderful! Everything that I have has to have something to do with him =P I even got my Aero Wings on my hip =) I cannot wait for them to get back on tour im ready I have tons of money saved up for backstage passes!

Not once but TWICE my initals are on his arm... that's gotta mean something lol =)

^^(A)^^

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DMAAT [04 Aug 2004|03:13pm]
j_jaded4_st
[ mood | hot ]

Hey Girls, has anyone ever heard of "Dont miss an aero thing" ? I recently joined, and basiclly they just keep u up to date, on Aero News, thru email, or on there website. and Iv'e noticed that even tho, it's for ^A^, they talk alot about Steven. so, if u haven't heard about it, and if ur interested, or u just wanna check it out,here's the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DontMissAnAeroThing/

Alicia

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[04 Aug 2004|12:29am]

supasexyjulia
[ mood | giddy ]

hi there!! i just joined, and i am a die-hard fan of steven tyler, i think that if there is a god, he is it...or very close relative. i have picstures of him all over my room, and im from the same state as he is, so we are destined. :-) and thats about it...

I LOVE STEVEN TYLER!

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yeeeahhh im missing you... [02 Aug 2004|04:18pm]

pinkragdoll
[ mood | thirsty ]

steven

with the guys off tour now... theres not much news to share with each other! i totally miss all the "steven encounters" and concert reviews!

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