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American rock band


Forme date1970
Formed50 years (approx) ago
Memberss Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Brad Whitford
Tom Hamilton
Rick Dufay
Joey Kramer
Jimmy Crespo
Ray Tabano
Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007

About Aerosmith

Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler (lead vocals), Joe Perry (guitar, vocals), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop rock, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". As a partnership, the primary songwriting team of Tyler and Perry is often collectively known as the "Toxic Twins". Perry and Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with Tyler, Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith, with Tabano being replaced by Whitford in 1971. The band released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by Get Your Wings in 1974. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, which contained their first US Top 40 hit, "Sweet Emotion", and at 8x platinum, is their biggest selling album in the US. That success prompted the re-release of "Dream On" from their debut album, which then rose to number 6 in the US and number 10 in Canada in early 1976. Their follow-up album, Rocks (1976), cemented their status as hard rock superstars and prompted the re-release of "Walk This Way" from Toys in the Attic, which became their second US and Canadian top 10 hit. Draw the Line and Night in the Ruts followed in 1977 and 1979, respectively, and after having toured extensively throughout the decade they were one of most popular hard rock bands in the world, with a large following of fans, often referred to as the "Blue Army". Drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which led to the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981. The band's next album, Rock in a Hard Place (1982), failed to match their previous successes. Perry and Whitford returned to Aerosmith in 1984 and after a comeback tour, the band recorded Done with Mirrors (1985), which won some critical praise but did not reach commercial expectations. It was not until the band's collaboration with rap group Run–D.M.C. on a remake of "Walk This Way" in 1986, and the 1987 multi-platinum release, Permanent Vacation, that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Aerosmith won numerous awards for music from the albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), both certified 7x platinum in sales in the US, and Nine Lives (1997), while they embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date. Their biggest hit singles (all of which reached the Top 20) during this time included "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Angel", "Rag Doll", "Love in an Elevator", "Janie's Got a Gun", "What it Takes", "Livin' on the Edge", "Cryin'", and "Crazy". In 1998, they achieved their first number-one hit with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon's soundtrack and the following year, their own roller coaster attraction opened at Walt Disney World. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock history. Additional albums Just Push Play (which included the Top 10 hit "Jaded"), Honkin' on Bobo (a collection of blues covers), and Music from Another Dimension! followed in 2001, 2004, and 2012 respectively, and in 2008, they released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, which is considered to be the best-selling band-centric video game. After 50 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music, but is embarking on a farewell tour that will likely last several years. The band has an ongoing concert residency in Las Vegas. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American band and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band. The band has scored twenty-one Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time at number 57 and number 30 respectively. In 2013, the band's principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2020, the band received the MusiCares Person of the Year award.