Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler’s Voice Problems Could Spell the End of His Career
Aerosmith recently had to postpone several shows on their tour after singer Steven Tyler developed some throat and vocal problems. The singer, known for his impressive vocals, already once lost his ability to sing in 2006 when he blew a blood vessel in his throat. This time, he sustained vocal damage that caused some bleeding. He has not yet shared if he will need surgery or if it will resolve on its own.
Unfortunately for fans though, he has been given strict orders to not sing for at least the next thirty days to rest. If these issues continue, combined with his age of 75, it could mean the end of his career. Tyler shared the news on social media and wrote, “I’m heartbroken to say I have received strict doctor’s orders not to sing for the next thirty days. I sustained vocal cord damage during Saturday’s show that led to subsequent bleeding. We’ll need to postpone a few dates so that we can come back and give you the performance you deserve.”
Surgeon Dr. Steven Zeitels explained what happened to Tyler and many other singers including Adele and Julie Andrews. He said, “Bleeding is very common, that was something Steven Tyler had, Adele had, Sam [Smith] had, Lionel had. I developed a newer approach about seven years ago with a specialized laser, which is also for cancer, which can stop the vocal bleeding and not burn the vocal cord at all—to the point that it can actually function better. Previously, it would cauterize them, and it would stiffen the cord. I think that changed the game: you have a precise way so singers didn’t have to be fearful that their voice would be ruined by treating the bleeding.”
In the past, surgery came with a lot more side effects and potential issues but with this new procedure, singers reportedly have a lot less to fear. Tyler was one of the very first patients to receive the surgery called phonosurgery in 2006. Andrews had phonomicrosurgery after sustaining permanent damage to her range after a different surgery in 1997. This helped to recover some of her voice and range.
Wishing Tyler a speedy recovery!