An American Rock band, sometimes they are referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band."
Their style is rooted in firmly in Blues Rock, has come to also incorporate elements of Pop, Heavy Metal, Rhythm and Blues, Hip Hop and Rap, their innovation has come to inspire many subsequent artists.
They were quite probably they first act to ever press and release Rap, with the original release of Walk This Way not being much different to the version they did with Run DMC. The original release was a number of years before the established Hip Hop community pressed Rap on to vinyl.
Forming out of Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, were originally in a band together called the Jam Band, they met up with vocalist/harmonica player Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a local following.
In 1972 they signed to Columbia Records, and put out a huge amount of gold and platinum albums, kicking off with their 1973 self-titled debut, after this was their 1974 album Get Your Wings. 1975, Toys in the Attic, and 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as Hard Rock superstars. Two additional albums followed in 1977 and 1979. The band's first five albums have since attained multi-platinum status.
Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a countless amount of top 100 singles.
By the end of that decade, they were among some of the most popular Hard Rock bands in the world and had a dedicated fan base, often referred to as the "Blue Army". However, narcotic addiction and internal conflict took their toll on Aerosmith, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; they were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing the album Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but failed to match their previous successes.
Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records. After a comeback tour, the band recorded Done with Mirrors (1985), which won some critical praise but failed to come close to commercial expectations. It was not until the band's collaboration with Rap group Run DMC. 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, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997), and embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date. The band also became a Pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television, film, and video games. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in [[Rock n Roll] history. Additional albums followed in 2001, 2004, and 2012. Since 2001, the band has toured every year except 2008. After 44 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music.
Aerosmith managed to become the best-selling American Rock band of all time, they have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million albums just in the USA. They managed 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most gold albums by an American group, the most total certifications by an American group, and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group.
The band has scored 21 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. In 2013, the band's principal songwriters, Tyler and Perry, have been also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and there is hardly a band in existence that can't credit Aerosmith as at least a small or distant influence.
Studio Albums List
1) Aerosmith (1973)
2) Get Your Wings (1974)
3) Toys in the Attic (1975)
4) Rocks (1976)
5) Draw the Line (1977)
6) Night in the Ruts (1979)
7) Rock in a Hard Place (1982)
8) Done with Mirrors (1985)
9) Permanent Vacation (1987)
10) Pump (1989)
11) Get a Grip (1993)
12) Nine Lives (1997)
13) Just Push Play (2001)
14) Honkin' On Bobo (2004)
15) Music from Another Dimension! (2012)
Members Name Check
- Steven Tyler – lead vocals, harmonica, piano, percussion (1970–present)
- Joe Perry – lead guitar, backing vocals (1970–1979, 1984–present)
- Brad Whitford – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1971–1981, 1984–present)
- Tom Hamilton – bass, backing vocals (1970–present)
- Joey Kramer – drums, percussion (1970–present)
- Jimmy Crespo – lead guitar, backing vocals (1979–1984)
- Ray Tabano – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1970–1971)
- Rick Dufay – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1981–1984)