Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The lineup was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. guitar player Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band started developing a not long after in Boston.
They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and gave us a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album. In 1975, the lineup broke into the mainstream with the record Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their stature as hard rock superstars. By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most successful hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal not long after of fans, often referred to as the “Blue Army”. However, drug abuse and internal tension took their toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. They were took the place by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The lineup did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing a lone album, Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but failed to match their previous successes.
Although Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the group signed a new deal with Geffen Records, it was not until the band sobered up and issued 1987’s Permanent Vacation that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the lineup scored several smashes and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum units Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997). Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock ‘n’ roll history. After 40 years of performing, the band continues to tour and album music.
Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock ensemble of all time, having sold more than 150 million units worldwide, including 66.5 million copies in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum copies by an American band. The group has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine #1 Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video material Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and in 2005 they were ranked #57 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest artists of All Time.