Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has made his first public statement after entering a rehab facility earlier this month.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has made his first public statement after entering a rehab facility earlier this month.

According to Tyler, the move was necessary after a series of surgeries to correct long-standing foot injuries aggravated by years of physically taxing live performances.

"The doctors told me the pain in my feet could be corrected but it would require a few surgeries over time," Tyler says. "The 'foot repair' pain was intense, greater than I'd anticipated. The months of rehabilitative care and the painful strain of physical therapy were traumatic. I really needed a safe environment to recuperate where I could shut off my phone and get back on my feet."

Tyler says the situation will not affect Aerosmith's plans to record a new album and then hit the road for a supporting tour, although details and dates for either have yet to be announced.