Steven Tyler's health prevented Aerosmith from completing their recent South American tour, but fans needn't worry about long-term effects from those medical woes: As he proved with an appearance in Vancouver on Oct. 21, the veteran singer is already back in the saddle.
As previously reported, Aerosmith were forced to cancel a spate of dates in late September and early October so Tyler could travel back to the United States for an unspecified medical procedure. Although the cancellations amounted to only four dates in all, there still seemed like there could be cause for concern; as Tyler wrote in his apology to fans, while he wasn't in a "life-threatening condition," he felt he needed "to deal with this right away and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances."
Rumors quickly suggested that Tyler had suffered a seizure, something he refuted in a quip-filled public statement that read in part, "It breaks my heart to have left this tour early ... the band has never played better ... just watch the 100,000 people at Rock In Rio. I give you all an A+ for creative speculations, but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure (unless Joe Perry is takin’ a rippin’ lead). Sorry to have cut the tour short, but I had to have a procedure that only my doc in the States could perform."
Whatever went down between Tyler and his doctors, he's clearly been cleared for travel. He was on hand Oct. 21 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver to deliver a three-song set consisting of “Dream On,” “Cryin'” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing," all part of a benefit for the David Foster Foundation. The event, which marked the organization's 30th annual charity gala, reportedly raised more than $10 million for Canadian children requiring organ transplants; check out fan-shot footage of Tyler's performance above and below.
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) - Cryin' (Live at the David Foster Co