BOSTON - AUGUST 14: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs at Fenway Park on August 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)

He battled an addiction to painkillers, completed rehab, survived some discord with his fellow band mates, and launched a summer tour that won’t end until mid-September and now, the next chapter in the life of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is…

American Idol judge.

Well, maybe.

American Idol producers haven’t officially announced the judges who’ll warm the empty seats left by Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, and FOX hasn’t confirmed anything, but according to Rolling Stone, Aerosmith’s bassist Tom Hamilton says it’s a done deal:

Steven is doing American Idol. The ink is dry on that.

And it very well may be. Rather than its usual “no deals are signed” answer to previous who’s-it-gonna-be rumors, the network is responding to inquiries about Tyler with a simple “no comment.”

Personally, I hope it’s true. I’d be really interested in seeing the super talented Tyler on the other side of the stage, so to speak, and especially after Hamilton’s assessment of the situation:

Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be. I don’t know if American Idol will be rock ‘n’ roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler.

Now, I just wonder if he’ll find it as hard to hurt people’s feelings as Ellen did