Steven Tyler Joins the Black Crowes Onstage Months After Fracturing Larynx

  • On Wednesday, May 15, Steven Tyler performed onstage with the Black Crowes for the first time since recovering from fracturing his larynx in September 2023
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s injury forced his band, Aerosmith, to postpone dates for their Peace Out farewell tour
  • The tour is set to resume in September with a new set of dates

Steven Tyler is on the mend and back to performing after ​​fracturing his larynx last year.

The Aerosmith frontman, 76, joined the legendary rock band the Black Crowes onstage for a surprise performance at London’s Eventim Apollo on Wednesday, May 15, his first since sustaining a vocal cord injury that forced his band to pause their Peace Out farewell tour in 2023.

“If it is alright with y’all, we wanna play one more song,” Crowes frontman Chris Robinson said while introducing Tyler, per SPIN. “We wanna dedicate it to somebody who is a dear friend and a hero and a legend, Mr. Steven Tyler. We will be touring with Aerosmith soon, so we wanna play one of his songs.”

Tyler and the band then closed out the show by tearing into a cover of the 1973 Aerosmith classic, “Mama Kin.” The former looked rather lively as he performed, seemingly back in good health and ready to hit the road again following months of recovery. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also posed for a photo with the Black Crowes, plus Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, where he was all smiles. “Rock Royalty Reigned last night at the #HappinessBastardsTour at the @eventimapollo in London. @iamstevent @jimmypage @aerosmith @ledzeppelin,” the band captioned an Instagram post.

From left: Steven Tyler, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Page, and Rich Robinson at the Eventim Apollo in London on May 15, 2024.

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Back in February, Tyler shared an update on his vocal injury while hosting his fifth annual Jam for Janie Grammys viewing party — which benefits his non-profit Janie’s Fund, created to help girls who have experienced abuse and neglect.

“My throat’s been better, but it is on the mend,” he told attendees. “And out of all things, I’ve decided to take the advice not from my doctors, but from the girls at Janie’s house.”

In May 2023, Aerosmith confirmed rumors of a farewell tour by announcing Peace Out, an originally scheduled, 40-city North American concert run celebrating their monumental career.

“After 50 years, 10 world tours and playing for over 100 million fans, it’s time for one last go,” a release said of the news. Bandmates Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford added in a joint statement, “It’s not goodbye it’s PEACE OUT!”

The announcement continued, “Get ready and walk this way, you’re going to get the best show of our lives.”

From left: Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith attend Steven Tyler’s Second Annual GRAMMY Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie’s Fund presented by Live Nation at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

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By mid-September 2023, a few weeks after Aerosmith’s tour kicked off in Philadelphia, the Rock in a Hard Place band revealed that Tyler had received doctor’s orders “not to sing for the next 30 days,” which forced them to postpone a handful of scheduled shows that month in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Cleveland to 2024. 

In a since-deleted Instagram statement posted at the beginning of the month, Tyler shared, “I sustained vocal cord damage during Saturday’s show that led to subsequent bleeding. We’ll need to postpone a few dates so that we can come back and give you the performance you deserve.”

But things only got worse for the “Angel” artist from there, as it was later revealed that he’d fractured his larynx, forcing Aerosmith to pause their farewell tour altogether.

“Unfortunately, Steven’s vocal injury is more serious than initially thought,” the “Sweet Emotion” rockers wrote in a statement on social media later that month. “His doctor has confirmed that in addition to the damage to his vocal cords, he fractured his larynx which requires ongoing care.”

 They continued, “He is receiving the best medical treatment available to ensure his recovery is swift, but given the nature of a fracture, he is being told patience is essential.”

Tyler closed out the announcement by telling fans, “I am heartbroken to not be out there with Aerosmith, my brothers and the incredible Black Crowes, rocking with the best fans in the world. I promise we will be back as soon as we can!”

Shows for the Peace Out tour have since been rescheduled. In April, Aerosmith announced a new set of dates that will resume later this year and run until January 2025. 

Aerosmith at Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency in 2022.
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Tyler’s vocal cord injury comes after he entered a treatment program amid a relapse in May 2022 after undergoing foot surgery to prepare for his band’s Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency. The “Dream On” singer’s health issues affected that slate of shows as well, as the band was forced to cancel shows that December.

In a statement, Tyler updated fans on his health and said, “On the advice of my doctor, I’m taking more time to rest. There is nowhere we’d rather be than on stage surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”

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