Steven Tyler, Aerosmith’s Last Famous Singer, Faces Voice Problems That Could End His Career

Steven Tyler’s latest vocal cord problem concerns Aerosmith’s “Living on the Edge” after the band was forced to postpone a series of concerts on their farewell “Peace Out” tour due to his throat problems.

This isn’t the first time the rock star has lost his ability to sing. In 2006, Tyler blew a blood vessel in his throat and was treated by renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Zeitels at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Tyler is under “strict doctor’s orders not to sing for the next thirty days” after suffering vocal damage that caused “bleeding.” It is unclear whether the musician will need surgery or additional medical treatment.

Zeitels has treated a number of stars who have undergone vocal nodule surgeries, including Adele, Julie Andrews, Keith Urban and Paul Stanley.


Steven Tyler, Adele and Julie Andres have each dealt with vocal cord issues throughout their careers. (Getty Images)

On Monday, Tyler shared on the group’s social media, “I’m heartbroken to say that I have been under strict doctor’s orders not to sing for the next thirty days.”

“I suffered damage to my vocal cords during Saturday’s show, which resulted in some bleeding. We will have to reschedule a few dates so we can come back and give you the performance you deserve.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Tyler’s representatives for updated information on his health.

The surgeon, who has a long list of celebrity clients, noted that “metal singers” tend to cause the most trauma to their voices more often than in any other genre of music.

“You scream, it’s trauma. But most of the things singers go through are just trauma,” Zeitels told Macleans. “They go out and sing when they’re sick, they don’t want to let people down, the pressure of touring.


“Bleeding is very common, it was something that Steven Tyler had, Adele, Sam (Smith), Lionel. I developed a new approach about seven years ago with a specialized laser, which is also for cancer , which can stop the voice from bleeding and not burn the vocal cord at all, to the point where it can actually work better. It used to cauterize them, and it stiffened the cord. I think this has been a game changer: it “There was a specific way for singers not to do it. You shouldn’t be afraid that their voice would be damaged by the treatment of the bleeding.”

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler performs a song during a concert in Philadelphia

Tyler said he was on 30-day vocal rest after a concert in New York. (Lisa Lake)

Steven Tyler sings on Aerosmith's farewell tour in New York

Steven Tyler is on vocal rest for 30 days after injuring his vocal cords during a farewell tour. (Kevin Mazur)

Tyler was one of the first patients to undergo voice surgery (phonosurgery) in August 2006.

Shortly after Adele released her second album, “21,” and as she became a household name in the United States, the “Someone Like You” singer was forced to cancel two tours due to of vocal cord hemorrhage.

The British singer underwent the same vocal cord surgery in 2011 with Zeitels to stop bleeding caused by a benign polyp on her vocal cord.


She was under strict orders to take vocal rest for weeks after the surgery and began singing again at the Grammys in February 2012, where she nabbed six awards.

During her acceptance speech for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Adele thanked her medical team for saving her voice.

“As it is a vocal performance, I have to thank my doctors, I guess, who brought my voice back,” Adele said.

Zeitels said many stars fear surgery because of the nature of the procedure. Julie Andrews underwent vocal surgery to remove nodules in 1997, and not only suffered permanent damage to her four-octave range, but also changes in her vocal quality.

“She was one of the most formidable voices of the late 20th century and after an operation she could no longer sing,” Zeitels told the newspaper. “It creates fear.”

Adele performs on stage in a black dress

When Adele returned to the stage after weeks of vocal rest, she thanked her doctors for saving her voice. (Gareth Cattermole)

Adele performing in London, England

Adele required surgery in 2011 due to a polyp on her vocal cord. (Gareth Cattermole)

Julie Andrews walks the red carpet in a blue dress.

Julie Andrews feared she would permanently lose her voice after botched surgery in 1997. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

Shortly after the operation, Andrews filed a malpractice suit against his doctors and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She told AARP The Magazine in 2019 that she “fell into a depression” and felt like she lost her identity after the surgery.

The “Sound of Music” star settled the lawsuit in 2000 for an undisclosed amount.

Through phonomicsurgery, Zeitels helped Andrews recover at least part of his voice.


“What I can tell you is that – this happened in the late 1990s and I was able, through procedures, to improve his voice, but not to the point that it was the kind of singing that she could do before – but what’s fascinating is that when I was developing the procedures, people became aware of them between the late 90s and the 2010s, which seemed to change things significantly, Adele does,” Zeitels said.

“So many people knew about it, and she did pretty well at the Grammys, and I thought that was very lucky.”

Andrews has become such a supporter of Zeitels that she is honorary president of his Voice Health Institute.

“It was also around this time that I helped Lionel Richie, Keith Urban and Paul Stanley from KISS, a whole bunch of people who all realized the procedures were better,” he said.

Country star Keith Urban holds his guitar during a concert

Keith Urban had to undergo vocal surgery in 2011. (Maggie Friedman)

Justin Timberlake performs on stage in a tuxedo

Justin Timberlake underwent voice surgery in 2005. (Matt Winkelmeyer)

Keith Urban underwent successful throat surgery in 2011 to remove a polyp from his vocal cord.

Noncancerous growths resemble calluses on the vocal cords and can make the voice sound hoarse and hoarse. Polyps are usually caused by overuse of the voice.

Urban’s three-week quiet period seemed to do the trick as he still plays today with little to no issues.


Zeitels also treated Lionel Richie, who underwent a total of four surgeries in the ’90s. He told People magazine that he was “about as close as I’ve ever been to a nervous breakdown” while trying to understand his vocal problems.

“You don’t want anyone having fun there. It’s your identity,” he said, adding, “I never really thought it would end.”

Lionel Richie gave a lively performance at the coronation concert

Lionel Richie recalls nearly having a nervous breakdown while undergoing several rounds of throat operations in the 1990s. (Chris Jackson)

Justin Timberlake underwent surgery to remove nodules from his vocal cords in May 2005. Nearly 13 years later, the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer postponed a series of concerts due to bruised vocal cords .

Sam Smith was forced to cancel a handful of shows due to damaged vocal cords.

The “Stay With Me” singer underwent successful surgery in May 2015.


“I think today what’s finally happening is that the real fear at the highest level, associated with Julie Andrews’ surgery, has diminished significantly,” Zeitels said.

“They realize that they are athletes and that they might need reconstructive surgery, and tend to think now that this is an opportunity to do better, not that they have to run for the TO DO.”

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