Thursday, May 5, 2011
Idol Insider: Tyler's "Supa" Friend
While the final four are getting much of the attention, the star of season 10 may very well be Steven Tyler. For a better perspective on what makes Tyler tick, we turned to a South Florida musician who knows the quirky judge well you might even call him the rocker's "Supa" friend.
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Steven Tyler: "You ripped that song a new beauty mark. You don't look a day over fabulous. Holy ship yard."
Embrace the madness Idol fans, that's advice from South Florida musician and one of Tyler's best friends Richie Supa.
Richie Supa: "There is a method to his madness. He's like no other person that I've met on the planet. He's hard to handle, but you love to handle him."
Supa got his first taste of Steven's Tylerisms way back in the 70's when the musicians first crossed paths.
Richie Supa: "That's Steven and I when we were young bucks."
The walls of Supa's plantation home are adorned with albums and personalized photos.
Enough Rock n' Roll memorabilia to make any fan drool.
Richie Supa: "This one is back in 77', 78' with me and Steven."
But Supa is much more than a fan, he's been instrumental in Aerosmith's success.
Richie Supa: "I scratch my head and I say to myself, 'You know, I'm a brick on the wall that built that band' and it's an honor."
Supa's toured with the band and co-wrote a handful of Aerosmith songs including "Chip Away The Stone" "Lightning Strikes" and "Amazing."
Amazing indeed that one of Aerosmith's 90's hits was actually inspired by a visit to the Marlin Hotel on South Beach.
Richie Supa: "There used to be a pink Cadillac convertible parked out front He goes 'Look at that car, look at the color pink, what does it represent? If a girl came out of that car with a pink short skirt and pink high heels, what would you see?' Well I'd see pretty sexy, and he said that's it.'"
But Tyler's time in South Florida is not just about work, the rock star actually learned to ride a Harley right in front of Richie's home.
Tyler lending his celebrity to the "Toys In The Sun Run" and he's a big fan of the Seminole Hard Rock Bikers Bash.
Richie Supa: "He loves South Florida. He loves the weather. He love the laid backness of it. He loves the scenery, certainly. He loves beautiful girls."
Yeah some things never change, but Idol did provide Tyler an opportunity to connect with a new generation of music fans.
Richie Supa: "Not only can he go out on tour now as the lead singer of Aerosmith, but now he can go out as a TV personality."
Richie who just released his own single "Last House On The Block" is offering much support for his friend in his new role.
Richie Supa: "In the beginning, I wouldnt dare miss a show because if he called me up and said well I didn't see it he'd go like, 'what, what do you mean?!"
As for Tyler's famously lose lips, again no surprise here. But Richie says it's all in good fun.
Richie Supa: "Steven is so edgy, if you watch him on American Idol, they need to tape his mouth, because he speaks his mind. He is a character, he s forced to be reckoned with."
Louis Aguirre: "These guys are so close steven accepted a Prism Award on Richie's behalf last week in LA when Richie could not attend."