Like many legendary rock bands, Aerosmith’s tale is full of ups and downs. Many are the labels that the Boston band has received over the years. We look back at the 10 Most Interesting Events In Aerosmith’s Career:
Aerosmith’s Beginnings in Music
The band started in 1970 in Sunapee, N.H., where vocalist Steven Tyler first met guitarist Joe Perry. Along with bassist Tom Hamilton, drummer Joey Kramer and Ray Tabano (later replaced by guitarist Brad Whitford), the band relocated to Boston, later that year, they became club favorites in the Northeast.
Aerosmith Path and Legacy
With their 1975 album “Toys in The Attic”, Aerosmith became a recognized group in the country. The success of the album prompted the relaunch of “Dream On” which peaked at # 10 in 1976 and increased sales of the band’s first two albums. Rocks of 1976 peaked at No. 3 and quickly went platinum.
Working with Desmond Child and producer Bruce Fairburn
Aerosmith recorded Permanent Vacation in 1987. The album sold more than three million copies. In 1989 they released Pump, with the songs “Janie’s Got A Gun” and “Love In An Elevator” the album sold four million copies. Possibly the most successful in Rock history. The band signed a new contract with Columbia (despite owing Geffen two albums).
Armageddon (I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing)
In 1998 Aerosmith had their first # 1 song, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from the soundtrack of the movie Armageddon. The song was nominated for an Academy Award and various Grammys.
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry feat. Kid Rock and Run-DMC
On September 9, 1999, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry reunited with Run-DMC and also joined Kid Rock for a live collaboration performance of “Walk This Way” at the MTV Video Music Awards, a forerunner of the Girls of Summer Tour.
Super Bowl XXXV 2001
The band entered the new decade by appearing on the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001, alongside pop stars’ N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly. All the stars collaborated with Aerosmith on a rendition of “Walk This Way.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
In March 2001, the band released their 13th studio album Just Push Play, which quickly went platinum, and the single “Jaded” which appeared in the Top Ten and was the song in Dodge commercials. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shortly after their album was released, in late March of that year.
Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith
On October 17, 2006, the compilation album Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith was released. The compilation album contained previous hits with the addition of two new songs, “Devil’s Got a New Disguise” and “Sedona Sunrise”.
The Breakup News
In June 2016, Steven Tyler confirms that the group is breaking up and they will go on a “Farewell Tour” scheduled for 2017. In July however, Joe Perry denied these remarks, commenting in a note for Rolling Stone that: “At this point in our lives and careers, maybe it’s okay to say ‘OK, it’s the end of an era, but there is a new on the horizon. ‘ So I don’t know if it will be comfortable to say ‘Farewell tour’ and make it bigger than it is.”