reporting : Going down, Mr. Tyler? Seemingly harmless roughhousing during an Aerosmith concert Tuesday at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre resulted in the flamboyant singer Steven Tyler being pushed by the guitarist Joe Perry off a catwalk and into the crowd.
The incident occurred early in the hit-laden performance, during the band’s lewdly grinning Love in an Elevator. Tyler had lightly hip-checked Perry, who, after completing his guitar lick, looked over his shoulder before backing into the unsuspecting front-man. Tyler, 62, briefly teetered on the edge of the protruding walkway before falling into the throng. Eventually, with help from Perry, Tyler climbed back on the stage.
The occurrence was a dicey one for Tyler, who one year ago made headlines when he fell from the stage during an Aerosmith concert in South Dakota. That tumble left the strutting singer with a broken collarbone, which resulted in the cancellation of a series of summer tour dates, including concerts in Vancouver, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
Once composed, Tyler remarked: “It ain’t gonna happen again, baby,” undoubtedly referring to last year’s South Dakota debacle. “You’ll pay for that, my brother,” he then said, directing his remark to the lightly smirking Perry.
The pair, who are the faces and principle members of the legendary Boston rock quintet, have endured a testy relationship of late. Earlier this year, Tyler mulled over a possible solo career before entering rehab for a prescription drug addiction. Perry, in turn, released a solo album and discussed his intention to replace Tyler with a new Aerosmith vocalist.
The duo has since reconciled; Aerosmith is currently in the midst of a 42-date North American tour. “There’s still a lot of head-butting,” Tyler told Rolling Stone magazine recently. “It’s like any 40-year marriage.”
After Tyler’s topple Tuesday at the ACC, the band continued its concert with no further incidents, completing a robust performance of crowd-stirring ballads and rugged blues rock. The first song after Love in an Elevator was Falling in Love, which contains the line “falling in love is hard on the knees.” Falling off stages, Tyler and Aerosmith know too well, comes with its hazards as well.