August 7, 2008 / 1:35 AM / 10 years ago

Write this Way: Aerosmith singer to write memoir

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler’s life is so exciting that he’s writing his second memoir in five years, according to media reports.

Steven Tyler of the rock group Aerosmith mugs for a photographer as he arrives at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 9, 2002. REUTERS/ Steve Marcus

Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, has won an auction and will pay $2 million to publish the book from Tyler, 60, Crain’s New York Business reported on its Web site on Tuesday.

Tyler and his bandmates previously spilled the beans on their raucous lifestyle in the 2003 memoir “Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith.” It was co-written with Stephen Davis, famed for digging up the dirt on Led Zeppelin in “Hammer of the Gods.”

An Ecco spokesman declined to comment, and a spokesman for Aerosmith said he had no information on the book deal.

Aerosmith, America’s answer to the Rolling Stones, shot to fame in the 1970s with such tunes as “Walk This Way” and “Back in the Saddle.” The band was known for its hard-partying lifestyle and drug use, and Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry earned the nickname the “Toxic Twins.”

Tyler became an advocate for sober living in the last two decades, but in May he disclosed that he had gone to a rehab facility earlier that month because he needed “a safe environment to recuperate” following painful foot surgeries.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Dean Goodman

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