Steven Tyler, originally Steven Victor Tallarico, was born in Yonkers, New York.
Tyler was raised Catholic and his mother was a teacher at a Catholic school.
Tyler certainly doesn’t seem to be Catholic (except for some major guilt regarding an ex-girlfriend and an abortion) Really, Tyler seems to be more on the side of New Age-y, post-modern spirituality–but with a little Greek mythology thrown into the mix. First of all, Tyler considers himself a realist, so just keep that in mind when reading what follows.
Tyler, understandably so, says he found God in music. He’s a musician, and a good one. He said:
I think I put together the beauty of Mother Nature and music and somewhere in that I felt the presence of God.
He also said that his first spiritual experience was with what might be described as “wood sprites.” He said:
I saw this place in the woods where the sun was coming through and I’m walking around with my slingshot at nine years old… It was so quiet in there I thought I heard something called the children of the woods. It was my first spiritual moment… and I’ve always been writing songs to try to get back to that moment.
Beyond that, Tyler admits to practicing the sex rituals of famous British occultist (made more famous by the Ozzy Osbourne song of the same name) Aleister Crowley. He said:
I’ve practiced Crowley Magick so I know it works. I’m not saying that every girl I slept with came at the same time or that I asked her to pray for the same thing I was praying for; namely that Aerosmith would become the greatest American band.
It would also be a fair assumption to think that Tyler, at the very least, believes in a higher power, considering he has been in and out of rehab for decades, including extensive work with Alcoholics Anonymous.
There’s not much here from Tyler. He won’t discuss his political views with the public–or he doesn’t have any. You don’t have to when your a multimillionaire rock star. He does exhibit signs of being somewhat socially conservative–beyond the abortion guilt. He’s OK with censoring television, saying profanity and nudity is not classy.
He’s commented that Obama sings well, but never approved or disapproved of his politics and he sang (or murdered depending on who you ask) the U.S. National Anthem at a football game, but none of this points to any political affiliation, so we’re just going to have to label Tyler non-political and slightly conservative.