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Aerosmith

Formed:
1970

Genres:
Heavy Metal

Drummer Steven Tyler met guitarist Joe Perry at work in a New Hampshire ice cream parlor. Tyler wanted start a band with Perry and Tom Hamilton, who played bass. Ray Tabano temporarily took the position as secondary guitarist, but was soon replaced with Brad Whitford. Tyler was soon worked into the lead vocalist slot, as he found that he had a natural ability to sing loud rock and roll, and he was a charismatic leader. Berklee graduate Joey Kramer sat in on drums, and the popular lineup of Aerosmith was formed in early 1970. They gigged around Boston and New York City for a couple of years before being signed to Columbia Records. They drew on their influences, which were the New York Dolls, Led Zeppelin, The Who and the Rolling Stones. In 1973, Aerosmith released their self-titled debut album. “Dream On” was their first single, and was a radio hit. They toured America, playing clubs and supporting more popular acts, like Sha Na Na and Mott the Hoople. Their follow-up album, Get Your Wings, performed particularly well, due to the band’s extensive tour schedule. 1975’s Toys in the Attic was the band’s best selling album to date, and also contains some of what is considered by many the band’s best work. “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion” is still a radio staple, and “Dream On” was released for a second time with rave results. 1976’s release, Rocks, went gold and then platinum, as Aerosmith picked up momentum. In 1977, Aerosmith released Draw the Line, which was almost a top ten hit. Storms were brewing, however, with management problems, drug abuse, and exhaustion running rampant in the band. Joe Perry left in 1979, subsequent to the release of Night in the Ruts. While the album went gold, it showed lack of energy and originality, and Brad Whitford soon followed Joe Perry’s lead.

Aerosmith tried to replace Perry and Whitford with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, but the fans never quite latched on to the new members. The new lineup released Rock in a Hard Place in 1982, and it didn’t do too well commercially. However, in 1984, Perry and Whitford returned to the band, and Aerosmith re-emerged as a cleaned-up and refreshed band. They began their “Back in the Saddle” tour, but lackluster performance and Steven Tyler’s on-stage blackout verified rumors that the band was not alcohol and drug-free as they claimed to be. In 1985, they released Don with Mirrors, which was a statement about their cocaine days. Perry and Tyler both went into rehab after the album’s release, and completed their respective programs. In 1986, with the genre of rap emerging as a popular urban culture, Tyler and Aerosmith teamed with Run D.M.C. to release a rap cover of “Walk This Way.” This turned out to be a very smart move the Aerosmith, as it fueled their comeback effort, and exposed older Aerosmith tunes to a whole new generation of music buyers. Permanent Vacation was released in 1987, and spun hits such as “Rag Doll” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).” The album confirmed that Aerosmith had come full circle.

1989 brought the release of Pump, and the singles “Love in an Elevator” and “Janie’s Got a Gun” guaranteed Aerosmith a place in late 80’s, early 90’s radio. In 1994, Get a Grip was released, and it produced just as many singles as it’s predecessor albums, even though fans of the old style of Aerosmith rock had long grown tired of the new, formulated sound they were producing. The late 90’s brought rumors of Steven Tyler’s use of hard drugs, but there was never any evidence of that, and band members denied the rumors. They released Nine Lives, but for the first time in over a decade, fans weren’t buying Aerosmith records. It debuted at number one, but fell off quickly. 1998 brought the A Little South of Sanity release, but Aerosmith’s popularity wained until 2001’s release of Just Push Play. Aerosmith usually embraces new cultural movements and music, so it will be no surprise if we are watching Steven and Joe well into their sixties, like... well, like the Rolling Stones.

Band Members:
Tom Hamilton
Joey Kramer
Joe Perry
Steven Tyler
Brad Whitford

Discography:

Night In The Ruts
Release Date: November , 1979
Label: Sony Music
Produced by

Draw The Line
Release Date: December , 1977
Label: Sony Music
Produced by

Rocks
Release Date: May , 1976
Label: Sony Music
Produced by

Toys In The Attic
Release Date: April , 1975
Label: Sony Music
Produced by

Get Your Wings
Release Date: March , 1974
Label: Sony Music
Produced by

Aerosmith
Release Date: January , 1973
Label: Sony Music
Produced by



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