AEROSMITH Frontman Explains 'Scarf Around Microphone Stand' Trademark

February 23, 2007

In the "Ask Blender" section of the March 2007 issue of Blender magazine (web site),AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler was asked about his habit of tying a scarf around his microphone stand.

That boho-chic look has lately been adopted by all sorts of pop stars, from Carrie Underwood to Lindsay Lohan. But the man most frequently associated with the mic-stand scarf, Tyler, insists he was the first.

According to Tyler, it started as an accident. "Very early on," he tells Blender, "I had a favorite macramé shirt that I wore onstage all the time and an Indian scarf in my hair. The shirt and scarf got worn out and torn off me eventually," he says, but rather than throw them out, Tyler "hung them on the mic-stand for good luck. Must be the gypsy in me." The look stuck, and it's now one of his trademarks.

Interestingly, in addition to looking cool, the scarves doubled as a makeshift medicine cabinet. "Some of them had little pockets sewn in," Tyler said in the band's 2003 autobiography, "and I'd weight them with Quaaludes and Tuinals. That way I wouldn't run out."

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