Written by Rogue, Sturgis Freedom Fighters, Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005
“Steven Tyler made a total ass of himself in Sturgis. Tuesday evening he attended Michael Lichter’s Rebel Rousers VIP Event and had trouble navigating around the room, and to me appeared to be under the influence of something. As he was trying to make it across the room the two thugs he had with him were yelling for the crowd to get out of the way. That may be the way they handle things in the music crowd, but it is not how it is done in the motorcycle world and more than one of the people there made comment on it and I had to ask one of the bikers there who was offended by what went on not to do anything inside the building out of respect for Michael.
If the thugs continue this type of behavior it is only a matter of time before someone sees if they are any good or not. Wednesday morning while attending the Sturgis motorcycle Hall Of Fame Breakfast, Charlie St. Clair who was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2008 was telling of a incident he had the previous evening while traveling east on RT 34. He was in the left lane and came up on a group in the right lane and when he attempted to pass in his lane two thugs were yelling to Stay Back. Charlie said he continued to attempt to pass the group but was instructed by law enforcement to not do so.
This happened a short time before I observed Steven Tyler at the Rebel Rousers event. My question would be why would law enforcement be restricting traffic on a public roadway? Now realizing the short period of time between the incident on the public roadway and the time I observed him at the event, I would have to question why he was allowed to operate a vehicle in that condition. Again with a law enforcement escort. I would also note that local law enforcement were stopping numerous vehicles and giving sobriety checks and arresting many people while this was going on.If South Dakota law enforcement is going to enforce any law it should be to everyone.
As far as the incident of him falling off the stage at the Buffalo Chip, those that had a opportunity to see him before he went on stage also commented on his condition and were not surprised that he fell. I suspect there are other incidents I am not aware of as well”. Rogue. (picture Steven Tyler in concert at Buffalo Chip, copyright Kristina Barker)