Aerosmith

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 ...

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". The primary songwriting team of Tyler and Perry is often collectively known as the "Toxic Twins".

Aerosmith had 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 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. Next, the re-release of "Dream On" from their debut album saw that song rise to number 6 and 10 in the US and Canada, respectively. Their follow-up album, Rocks (1976), was a US Top 3 album and a re-release of "Walk This Way" from Toys in the Attic was their second Top 10 hit. Draw the Line and Night in the Ruts followed in 1977 and 1979, respectively. The band toured extensively throughout the 1970s, and by the end of the decade they were among the 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, 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 after which the band recorded Done with Mirrors (1985), which 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 5x platinum album, Permanent Vacation, featuring two Top 5 Rock Track Hits, "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Angel" (also a No. 3 hit on the Hot 100), which also both made the Top 20 in Canada, that they regained their previous level of popularity. Aerosmith's next two albums , Pump (1989) and Get a Grip(1993), both reached 7x platinum in the US. Off Pump, "Love in an Elevator" and "Janie's Got A Gun" were Top 5 hits on both the US Hot 100 and the Rock Chart, the latter toping the charts in Canada and Australia. From Get a Grip, "Livin' on the Edge", "Cryin'", "Amazing" and "Crazy" were all Hot 100 Top 20 and/or Rock Chart Top 3 hits; all four made Canada's Top 10, while "Crying" was a Top 10 hit in many European countries. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable in rock history. Nine Lives (1997) provided four Top 10 hits on the US Rock Chart, such as the No. 1 "Pink". In 1998, they achieved their first US Hot 100, German and Australian No. 1 hit (Canada. No. 2) with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon's soundtrack. Just Push Play from 2002 yielded the Top 10 Hot 100 and Canadian hit "Jaded" (also No. 1 on the US Rock Chart) and 2008's Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is considered to be the best-selling band-centric video game.

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 US. They have 18 platinum albums and 12 multi-platinum albums, 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 chart 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, Tyler and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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