Steven Tyler Says 'American Idol' Was 'Not My Cup of Tea': [ send to a friend ]
Steven Tyler is opening up about why he left 'American Idol' after just two seasons.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Tyler admits that feuding with his Aerosmith bandmembers was one of the things that drove him to 'Idol'.
"It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest," he says, calling the show "not my cup of tea."
However, while the band was the one thing that drove him to idol, the band is also the reason he left the show.
"I loved it and hated it," he said of judging the contestants. "It was a great job, I sat next to J. Lo and I made a ton of money. It was a moment in life and it became larger than life."
"It was just hard work: seven-hour days and then I went and did the Aerosmith album for eight hours after that."
Tyler says despite 'Idol' producers' originally hoping to turn him into the next Simon Cowell, Tyler didn't want to play a part in crushing hopeful singers' dreams.
"The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent," he explains. "They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don't have that in me. That's not what I'm about. That's more about that other guy. Not me."
Aerosmith is set to release their three-years-in-the-making album 'Music from Another Dimension!' this November.