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Steven Tyler: I did not fall off the wagon, Matt

Steven Tyler performs with Aerosmith in Asuncion, Paraguay,

Steven Tyler performs with Aerosmith in Asuncion, Paraguay, a day after he fell in a hotel bathroom, sustaining cuts and breaking two teeth. (Oct. 26, 2011) Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Did you catch this morning's Matt Lauer “Today Show” interview with the one and only Steven Tyler? No you didn't — that's why you are reading this post — but lemme tell you, it was kind of amazing. The poor guy's face is a wreck (those pictures have already been released) but more importantly, Matt asks him — adroitly, I thought — whether he was doing various illicit substances in Paraguay before the bathroom fall, then shows a particularly unbalanced Tyler on stage. Tyler hems and haws good-naturedly a bit . . . and you wonder if he's going to deny it. Then he hems and haws good-naturedly a little bit more . . . and then, Matt asks one more time.

No, he finally says, he did not fall of the wagon.

Is his denial believable? It has to be — one can only wonder what sort of codicils and penalties are tucked into his “American Idol” contract — a reason, I imagine, Tuesday was a nerve-racking day at Fox.

Photo by AFP/Getty Images. Steven Tyler performs with Aerosmith in Asunción, Paraguay, a day after he fell in a hotel bathroom, sustaining cuts and breaking two teeth. (Oct. 26, 2011)

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