Steven Tyler says he's sober and "grateful"

Steven Tyler performs during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3, 2011, in Las Vegas.
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Steven Tyler performs during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3, 2011, in Las Vegas.
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(CBS/AP) He may say some crazy things on "American Idol," but Steven Tyler says he isn't high on anything but adrenaline.

The Aerosmith frontman and "Idol" judge told People magazine that he's been sober for a year and a half and is "grateful" he's survived his hard-partying past.

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"Left up to my own devices," he told the magazine, "I probably would have been dead several times over."

Tyler, 63, referenced those issues in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, in which he claims that he and Joe Perry did drugs together in 2008 after years of sobriety. Aerosmith had been working on an album, which was never developed.

Tyler told the magazine Perry was so impaired by snorting pills, he couldn't even play his instrument. Tyler said he was no better - he couldn't sing.

Perry did not comment to Rolling Stone and didn't return a request for a comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday

But now, the Tyler said his only drug is being in front of the cameras on "Idol."

"I'm stoned when that curtain drops," he told People. "I just don't snort the curtain dropping. I don't snort J. Lo either, though I do breathe her in."

Tyler's memoir, "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?," will be released on May 3.