60 year old Rock Star Michelle Martinez Mrs. Clement 2nd period Language Arts Letter to the reader Dear Reader, My journey through this research project has taught me a lot. I have learned much about a rock legend, Steven Tyler, and have enjoyed every minute of it. More because of who I am than who Steven Tyler is, I have found myself reflecting and comparing his life path to mine. I appreciate the simplicity of my life and would not wish the grueling pressure of the life of a rock star on anyone. I found a plethora of information on the man but presented only that which I felt showed his humanness in the following paper. I hope you enjoy! Sincerely, Michelle Martinez Researcher Extraordinaire ALL ACCESS... Aerosmith is one of the most successful rock bands in history. The band joined in 1970 in New York City then quickly relocated to Boston where they created their first album, and were signed on by Columbia records. They were paid $125,000 for one year! Not much money these days...this band has seen a lot of change over the years! Steven Tyler, lead singer for the band is now a sixty year old rock star. He continues to perform and WOW! audiences world-wide. American Music Award Script of Steven Tyler’s entry to drug rehabilitation 1991 Favorite Rock Band Place: Las Encinas Hospital in Pasedena, California Date: May 21, 2008 Rehab Counselor: Hello, Mr. Tyler. Welcome to Las Encinas. How are you feeling? Steven Tyler: I’m coming back to rehab after 20 years of sobriety...I’m American Music Award devastated, to say the least. 1994 Favorite Rock Band Rehab Counselor: Don’t get too discouraged...20 years is a long time. We know, at least, that you can be sober. We will work with you to know what triggered your use...we are here to help you. Steven Tyler: Right now I just want to sleep. Rehab Counselor: First we will need to get your personal items American Music Award processed. We do have to make sure you do not have any illegal or inappropriate possessions. 1998 Favorite Rock Band Steven Tyler: Okay...I forgot how invasive and unnatural it is to be processed...I feel like such a criminal. Letter to the Liv I Love American Music Award April 4, 1986 Dear Liv, 1999 Favorite Rock Band I am so glad your mom decided to tell us both that I am your dad. I know you have a strong spiritual bond with Todd, but I hope to be able to build a bond with you also. I have not lived a life I am proud of, but I am going to try to start. I want you to be able to be proud that I am your dad. American Music Award 2000 Favorite Rock Band Love you,baby, Your dad Grammy Award ON TOUR 1990 Best Rock Performance Aerosmith Aerosmith Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM St Louis, MO Aerosmith Alpine Valley Music Theatre Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM East Troy, WI Aerosmith Comcast Center-MA Grammy Award Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 7:30 PM Mansfield, MA Aerosmith with ZZ Top Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM Nissan Pavilion Bristow, VA 1994 Best Rock Performance Aerosmith with ZZ Top Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake Wednesday, Jun 24, 2009 at 7:00 PM Burgettstown, PA Aerosmith with ZZ Top Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Friday, Jun 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM Wantagh, NY Aerosmith with ZZ Top Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM Uncasville, CT Grammy Award 1995 Best Rock Performance A Month in the Life of a Rock Star... It’s no wonder to me that the lives of rock stars seem to be so messed up. Presenting the same show with such energy that warrants the high ticket prices of these shows requires a lot of dedication and commitment...commitment that seems to go beyond what is humanly possible. I more wonder how Steven Tyler stayed clean for 20 years with this kind of grueling schedule. I never want to be a Rock Star! "I didn't know what it was, but I started to see him more, and it would mean so much to me that I would write about it in my diary," –Liv Tyler News Now… Grammy Award 1986 Interview with Steven Tyler 1999 Best Rock Interviewer: Michelle Martinez Performance Martinez: Steven, it’s no secret that you are known as “The Demon of Screamin” and that you struggled many years with addiction. What finally changed? Tyler: "Liv is possibly the biggest reason for me changing the way I lived. She is a dream daughter.” MTV Video Music Award Martinez: I remember reading recently that you were united with Liv, your daughter. When did you first know you were her biological 1990 Best Rock Video father? Tyler: “When she was very young I wasn't sure whether I was the father but, by the time she was eight, I knew for sure. I saw my features in hers and I cried.” Martinez: When were your suspicions confirmed by Bebe Buell, Liv’s MTV Video Music Award mother? 1990 Viewer’s Choice Tyler: “I started seeing her [Liv] a lot and I think her mother had alluded to the fact I was her dad. Martinez: How did you tell Liv you were her dad? Tyler: “ I just said to her, 'Liv, there's something I want to tell you. I'm your Daddy.' It was one of the most emotional moments of my MTV Video Music Award life and I just stood there crying like a baby while she shouted, 'I knew it, I knew it.' I love her more than anything and have a great 1991 Best Rock Video relationship with her. We can talk about anything" MTV Video Music Award 1994 Viewer’s Choice End Notes ALL ACCESS... I decided to use the ticket to introduce the band and the man, Steven Tyler. I thought it was interesting that the price in 1978 is so different than today’s prices. This is an interesting contrast that I felt the audience would connect with. The ticket was found on Google Images on May 14, 2009. Script of Steven Tyler’s entry to drug rehabilitation I found two sources, mtv.com and foxnews.com, that confirmed Steven’s admittance into drug rehab after 20 years of sobriety. I felt this information gives insight to the struggles Tyler has faced and conquered in life. I chose to present this information through script. Letter to the Liv I Love Many of Tyler’s fans know the back story of his 8 month love affair with Bebe Buell that led to the birth of Liv Tyler. Liv was raised as Liv Rundgren, as the daughter of Todd Rundgren, but as people.com and bio.com report, Liv found out that Steven Tyler was her father at an Aerosmith concert in 1986. This changed Steven Tyler’s life. He became sober. I portrayed this change by creating a letter from dad to new found daughter. ON TOUR I wanted to give my audience a glimpse of the grueling schedule of a rock star. Year after year Tyler has kept up with this schedule. I reflected on the effects of this schedule and the addictions that seem to follow these stars. Information found Quote by Liv Tyler This quote gives further insight and human interest to the story of dad and daughter. Information found on lovelyliv.com. News Now... The interview responses of Steven Tyler were taken from bio.com. I thought this would be a creative way to present such compelling insight and information. Definitely a human interest piece. Works Cited "Aerosmith Tickets, 2009 Aerosmith Schedule - AceTicket.com." Red Sox Tickets, Patriots Tickets, Sports, Concert & Theatre Tickets - AceTicket.com! 14 May 2009 <http://www.aceticket.com/aerosmith-tickets/>. 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