Singer admits he could have died 'several times over'

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has said that he has blown over $20 million (£14 million) on drugs during his career.

The 62 year-old singer, who is currently serving as a judge on American Idol, also said he believes he is lucky to be alive after over 30 years of continued drug abuse.

In an interview with People Magazine, Tyler said: “I blew $20 million. I snorted my Porsche, I snorted my plane, I snorted my house in that din of drugs and booze and being lost.”

Tyler also revealed that his substance addition was so severe, he had to hide drugs and alcohol in a drum onstage so he could get through performances. He said: “I kept my medicine cabinet on stage, in a 14-inch drum head, the bottom of which contained… one Dixie cup with a straw and blow [cocaine] in it and the other with Coca-Cola and Jack Daniels in it.”

Tyler also said he believed he wouldn’t be alive today without support, adding: “Left to my own devices I probably would have been dead several times over.”

The singer last entered rehab two years ago after admitting he was battling an addiction to painkillers. His entry marked his eighth stint in a rehab clinic.