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Tyler Insists He's Clean

Steven Tyler went on the Today Show to make the case that drugs or alcohol had no role in his face plant in a bathroom shower in Paraguay that left him battered and minus a couple of teeth (story).  The Aerosmith front man said it bothers him that his past substance abuse makes so many people assume drugs or alcohol were involved.  He said the very fact he was up at the hour he was on a live morning show in the middle of a hectic schedule of travel in South America should make it evident that he's not messing with drugs.  He attributed his loss of balance and fall to an attack of Montezuma's Revenge that left him dehydrated.  He told Today viewers, 'I got nauseous and started to get sick.  I fell on my face and just passed out.  I woke up with the water running on me and didn't know where the hell I was.'  After stitches, a bit of cosmetic surgery and some dental work, Tyler was back on stage the night after the fall - and even managed to ply some harmonica.  As he put it, 'Short of having my leg torn off, people are going to expect me to hit the stage no matter what.'


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