Infobox musical artist |
Name = Aerosmith
Img_capt = Aerosmith performing in
Mansfield, Massachusettson September 14, 2007
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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Years_active = 1970-present
Label = Columbia
The Joe Perry Project
URL = [http://www.aerosmith.com/ www.aerosmith.com]
Ray Tabano Jimmy Crespo Rick Dufay
Aerosmith is an American
hard rockband, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston" [cite web| title = Aerosmith special shows Bad Boys at their best | work = Steve Morse | publisher = " The Boston Globe" | url=http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2004/06/04/aerosmith_special_shows_bad_boys_at_their_best | accessdate=2008-04-06] and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". [cite web| title = Able-bodied Aerosmith hits home run | work = | publisher = " Boston Herald" | url=http://news.bostonherald.com/entertainment/music/general/view.bg?articleid=1031682 | accessdate=2007-09-15] [cite web| title = Aerosmith's Opening Night: Crazy Amazing For Hell's Angels And 'Jaded' Kids | work = Brian Ives | publisher = MTV| url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1444335/20010607/story.jhtml] cite web| title = Aerosmith - America's Rock and Roll Band | work = | publisher = NewHampshire.com | url=http://www.newhampshire.com/nh-people/aerosmith-biography.aspx | accessdate=2008-03-25] [cite web| title = Aerosmith Biography | work = | publisher = TheRockradio.com | url=http://www.therockradio.com/aerosmith/biography.html | accessdate=2008-04-03] Their style, rooted in blues-based hard rock,cite web | url = http://wm05.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aifpxqw5ldae~T00 | title = Aerosmith Biography | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic] cite web | url = http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/aerosmith/biography | title = Aerosmith: Biography: Rolling Stone| work = | publisher = " Rolling Stone"] has come to also incorporate elements of pop, [cite web| title = Aerosmith & KISS will be performing at the Tweeter Center on September 26, 2003. | work = Darryl Cater | publisher = ChicagoGigs.com | url=http://www.chicagogigs.com/features/aerosmith_kiss.htm | accessdate=2008-04-12] heavy metal, glam, [cite web| title = Biography of Aerosmith | work = | publisher = qcmusic.net | url=http://www.qcmusic.net/aerosmithbio.html | accessdate=2008-04-12] and rhythm and blues,cite web| title = Aerosmith: Get A Grip: Music Reviews: Rolling Stone | work = Mark Coleman | publisher = " Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/aerosmith/albums/album/232882/review/6212283/get_a_grip | accessdate=2008-03-31] which has inspired many subsequent rock artists. [cite web| title = allmusic - Pop-Metal | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=77:7728 | accessdate=2008-04-12 ] The band was formed in Boston, Massachusettsin 1970. Guitarist 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. By 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.
They were signed to
Columbia Recordsin 1972 and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album "Toys in the Attic", and their 1976 follow-up "Rocks" cemented their status as hard rock superstars. [cite web| title = Aerosmith Just Keeps On Rockin’ | work = | publisher = Articlecity.com | url=http://www.articlecity.com/articles/music_and_movies/article_237.shtml | accessdate=2008-04-06] By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the "Blue Army".Davis, p. 239] However, drug addictionand internal conflict took its toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. They were replaced by Jimmy Crespoand Rick Dufay. The band 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 band signed a new deal with
Geffen Records, it wasn't until the band sobered up and released 1987's "Permanent Vacation" that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Full Biography | work = | publisher = "The New York Times" | url=http://movies.nytimes.com/person/424/Aerosmith/biography | accessdate=2008-04-06] Throughout 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). Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock 'n' roll history. After 38 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music.
Aerosmith is the bestselling American hard rock band of all time,cite web| title=Top Selling Artists | publisher=
Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA.com)| url=http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=tblTopArt] having sold 150 million albums worldwide, [cite web| title = New Aerosmith 'Guitar Hero' game | work = Larry McShane | publisher = " New York Daily News" | url=http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2008/02/16/2008-02-16_new_aerosmith_guitar_hero_game.html | accessdate=2008-03-31] including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40hits on the "Billboard" Hot 100, nine #1 Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famein 2001, and in 2005 they were ranked #57 in " Rolling Stone" magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. [cite web| title = The Immortals - The Greatest Artists of All Time: 57) Aerosmith| work = | publisher = " Rolling Stone"| url =http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/7235473/57_aerosmith | accessdate = 2008-03-25]
The origins of Aerosmith can be traced to the late 1960s in
Sunapee, New Hampshire.cite web| title = The Aerosmith History 1969-2002 | work = | publisher = MTV.com | url=http://www.mtv.com/onair/icon/timeline.jhtml | accessdate=2008-03-25] Steven Tylerwas a drummer and vocalist originally from Yonkers, New York, who had been in a series of relatively unsuccessful bands such as The Vic Tallarico Orchestra, The Strangeurs/Chain Reaction, The Chain, Fox Chase, and William Proud. [Davis, pp. 28, 47, 83] In 1969, while vacationing in Sunapee, he met Joe Perry, who was at the time washing dishes at the Anchorage in Sunapee Harbor, and playing in a band called the Jam Band with bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer David "Pudge" Scott. This meeting would eventually lead to the formation of Aerosmith. [Davis, p. 45]
Hamilton and Perry moved to
Boston, Massachusettsin September 1970. [Davis, p. 95] There they met Joey Kramer, a drummer also from Yonkers, New York who had also known Steven Tyler, with whom he had always hoped to play in a band.Davis, p. 104] Kramer, a Berklee College of Musicstudent, decided to quit school to join the band. In October 1970, they met up once again with Steven Tyler, who had been a drummer and backup singer, but adamantly refused to play drums in this band, insisting he would only take part if he could be the frontman and lead vocalist. The others agreed, and Aerosmith was born. The band took the name Aerosmith, suggested by drummer Joey Kramer, after considering The Hookers and Spike Jones. [Davis, pp. 106–107]
As said, the members of the band used to sit around every afternoon getting stoned and watching "
Three Stooges" reruns. One day, they had a post-"Stooges" meeting to try to come up with a name. Kramer volunteered that when he was in school he would write the word Aerosmith all over his notebooks. The name had popped into his head after listening to Harry Nilsson’s album " Aerial Ballet", an homage to Nilsson’s grandparents’ aerial circus act, that featured jacket art of a circus performer jumping out of a biplane. Initially, Kramer’s bandmates were nonplussed; they all thought he was referring to the boring Sinclair Lewis novel they were forced to read in high school English class. “No, not Arrowsmith,” Kramer explained. “A-E-R-O...Aerosmith.” [http://aeronewsdaily.com/blog/2008/03/14/steven-tyler-interview/]
The band added
Ray Tabano, a childhood friend of Tyler, as rhythm guitarist and began playing local shows. [Davis, pp. 105, 111] In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, who also attended the Berklee School of Music and was formerly of the band Earth Inc.[Davis, pp. 128-131] Other than a period from July 1979 to April 1984, the line-up of Tyler, Perry, Hamilton, Kramer, and Whitford has stayed the same.
Record deal, "Aerosmith", "Get Your Wings", and "Toys in the Attic": 1971–1975
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Aerosmith, from "Aerosmith" (1973)
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Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, from "Toys in the Attic" (1975)
OggAfter forming the band and finalizing the lineup in 1971, the band started to garner some local success doing live shows. Originally booked through the Ed Malhoit Agency, [Davis, p. 110] the band signed a promotion deal with Frank Connelly and eventually secured a management deal with David Krebs and Steve Leber in 1972. [Davis, p. 157] Krebs and Leber invited Columbia RecordsPresident Clive Davisto see the band at Max's Kansas Cityclub in New York City. Aerosmith was not originally scheduled to play that night at Max's Kansas City, but they were able to pay their way on the bill. [cite web | url = http://www.maxskansascity.com/aerosmith/ | title =Aerosmith Biography: From Clive Davis to Guitar Hero: Aerosmith| date = 2008-09-17| accessdate = 2008-09-17| publisher = Max's Kansas City ] Aerosmith signed for a reported $125,000 and issued their debut album, "Aerosmith". Released in January 1973, the album peaked at #166. The album was straightforward rock and roll with well-defined blues influences, laying the groundwork for Aerosmith's signature blues-rock sound. [cite web| title = "Aerosmith" - Review | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0ifyxq95ldhe~T1] Although the highest charting single from the album was "Dream On" at #59, [Davis, p. 202] several tracks (such as " Mama Kin" and "Walkin' the Dog") would become staples of the band's live shows and receive airplay on rock radio. [Davis, pp. 183, 190-191] The album reached gold status initially, but eventually went on to sell two million copies and was certified double platinum after the band reached mainstream success over a decade later.cite web| title=Searchable Database | publisher= Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA.com)| url=http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH] After constant touring, the band released their second album " Get Your Wings" in 1974, the first of a string of multi-platinum albums produced by Jack Douglas. [Davis, p. 206] This album included the rock radio hits " Same Old Song and Dance" and " Train Kept A-Rollin'", a cover done previously by The Yardbirds. [Davis, p. 220] The album also contained several fan favorites including " Lord of the Thighs", " Seasons of Wither", and " S.O.S. (Too Bad)", darker songs which have become staples in the band's live shows. [Davis, pp. 215-217] To date, "Get Your Wings" has sold three million copies.
It was 1975's "Toys in the Attic", however, that established Aerosmith as international stars competing with the likes of
Led Zeppelinand The Rolling Stones. Originally derided as Rolling Stones knockoffs, "Toys in the Attic" showed that Aerosmith was a unique and talented band in their own right.cite web| title = "Toys in the Attic" - Review | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wifyxq95ldhe~T1 | accessdate=2008-04-03] "Toys in the Attic" was an immediate success, starting with the single " Sweet Emotion", which became the band's first Top 40hit. [Davis, p. 244] This was followed by a successful re-release of "Dream On" which hit #6, becoming their best charting single of the 1970s. [Davis, p. 247] " Walk This Way", re-released in 1976, reached the Top 10 in early 1977.
In addition, "Toys in the Attic" and "Big Ten Inch Record" (a song originally recorded by
Bull Moose Jackson) became concert staples. [cite web| title = Albums are forever...Aerosmith, 'Toys in the Attic' Columbia records, 1975 - E-Zone | work = Scott Walus | publisher = "The Daily Vidette" | url=http://media.www.dailyvidette.com/media/storage/paper420/news/2001/09/06/EZone/Albums.Are.Forever.Aerosmith.toys.In.The.Attic.Columbia.Records.1975-89504.shtml | accessdate=2008-04-08] As a result of this success, both of the band's previous albums re-charted. [Davis, pp. 238, 247] "Toys in the Attic" has gone on to become the band's bestselling studio album in the States, with certified U.S. sales of eight million copies. The band toured in support of "Toys in the Attic", where they started to get more recognition. Also around this time, the band established their home base as "The Wherehouse" in Waltham, Massachusetts, where they would record and rehearse music, as well as conduct business. [Davis, p. 246]
"Rocks", "Draw the Line", and "Live! Bootleg": 1976–1978
Aerosmith's next album was 1976's "Rocks," which "captured Aerosmith at their most raw and rocking". cite web| title = "Rocks" - Review | work = Greg Prato | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:t2j97iajg74r] It went platinum swiftly and featured two FM hits, "
Last Child" and " Back in the Saddle", as well as the ballad " Home Tonight", which also charted. "Rocks" has sold four million copies to date. Both "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks" are highly regarded, especially in the hard rock genre, and appear on such lists as Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, [cite web| title = The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time | work = | publisher = "Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5938174/the_rs_500_greatest_albums_of_all_time/2 | accessdate=2008-04-03] [cite web| title = The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time | work = | publisher = "Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5938174/the_rs_500_greatest_albums_of_all_time/3 | accessdate=2008-04-03] and are cited by members of Guns N' Roses, Metallica, and Mötley Crüeas having large influences on their music. [cite web| title = Aerosmith| work = Slash. Rolling Stone Issue 946| publisher = "Rolling Stone"| url = http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/7235473/57_aerosmith] [cite web
title=METALLICA Pay AEROSMITH A Backstage Visit |publisher=
url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=7772] Soon after "Rocks" was released, the band continued to tour heavily, this time headlining their own shows and playing to several large stadiums and rock festivals.
The next album, 1977's "
Draw the Line", was not as successful or as critically acclaimed as their two previous efforts, although the title track proved to be a minor hit (and is still a live staple), and "Kings and Queens" also experienced some success. The album went on to sell 2 million copies; however drug abuseand the fast-paced life of touring and recording began affecting their output. While continuing to tour and record into the late 1970s, Aerosmith acted in the movie version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Their cover of the Beatles hit "Come Together" was included in the album's soundtrack and would be the band's last Top 40 hit for nearly 10 years. The live release "Live! Bootleg", originally released as a double album, was put out in 1978 and captured the band's rawness [cite web| title = "Live! Bootleg" - Review | work = | publisher = CDUniverse.com | url=http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1087816/a/Live!+Bootleg.htm] during the heyday of the Draw the Line tour. Lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry became known as " The Toxic Twins" because of their notorious abuse of drugs on and off the stage.
Departures of Perry and Whitford, "Night in the Ruts", and "Rock in a Hard Place": 1979–1984
Just after the recording of their sixth studio album, 1979's "
Night in the Ruts", Joe Perry left the band, citing differences with Steven Tyler, and formed The Joe Perry Project. Perry was replaced first by longtime band friend and songwriter Richard Supaand then by guitarist Jimmy Crespo(formerly of the band Flame). "Night in the Ruts" quickly fell off the charts (although it would eventually go platinum several years later), its only single being a cover of The Shangri-Las' " Remember (Walking in the Sand)", which topped out at #67.
The band continued to tour in support of "Night in the Ruts" with new guitarist Jimmy Crespo onboard, but as the 1970s came to a close, the band's popularity waned. Steven Tyler collapsed onstage during a performance in
Portland, Mainein early 1980. [Davis, p. 371] Also in 1980, Aerosmith released its "Greatest Hits" album. The album has gone on to become the band's bestselling album in the United States, with sales of 11 million copies. In the fall of 1980, Tyler was injured in a serious motorcycle accident, which left him hospitalized for two months, and unable to tour or record well into 1981. [Davis, pp. 373-374] In 1981, the band suffered another loss with the departure of Brad Whitford. [Davis, p. 378] After recording guitar parts for the song "Lightning Strikes", Whitford was replaced by Rick Dufayand the band recorded their seventh album " Rock in a Hard Place" in 1982. [cite web| title = Rock in a Hard Place: Take it or a-leave it on any night | work = | publisher = epinions.com | url=http://www.epinions.com/content_230961417860 | accessdate=2008-04-05] The album was considered a commercial failure, only going gold, and failing to produce a major hit single. During the tour for "Rock in a Hard Place", Tyler again collapsed onstage, this time at the band's homecoming show in Worcester, Massachusetts, after getting high with Joe Perry, who met with Aerosmith backstage that evening. [Davis, p. 400]
Valentine's Day1984, Perry and Whitford saw Aerosmith perform. They were officially re-inducted into the ranks of Aerosmith once more two months later. [Davis, p. 417] Steven Tyler recalls:cquote|You should have felt the buzz the moment all five of us got together in the same room for the first time again. We all started laughin'—it was like the five years had never passed. We knew we'd made the right move.|4=Steven Tyler|5= [Huxley, p. 128]
Back in the Saddle reunion tour, "Done with Mirrors", and drug rehab: 1984–1986
In 1984, Aerosmith embarked on a reunion tour entitled "Back in the Saddle", which led to the live album "
Classics Live II". While concerts on the tour were well-attended, it was plagued with several incidents, mostly attributed to drug abuse by band members. Their problems still not behind them, the group was signed to Geffen Recordsand began working on a comeback. Despite the band signing on to a new record company, Columbia continued to reap the benefits of Aerosmith's comeback, releasing the live companion albums " Classics Live I and II" and the collection "Gems". [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Gems" - Review | work = Greg Prato | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:difixq95ldhe~T1 | accessdate=2008-04-02]
In 1985 the band released "
Done with Mirrors", their first studio album with Geffen and their first album since the much-publicized reunion. While the album did receive some positive reviews, [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Done With Mirrors" - Review | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0ifuxq95ldhe~T1 | accessdate=2008-04-01] it only went gold and failed to produce a hit single, or generate much buzz outside the confines of rock radio. The album's most notable track, "Let the Music Do the Talking", was in fact a cover of a song originally recorded by The Joe Perry Projectand released on that band's album of the same name. [cite web| title = Done With Mirrors: Aerosmith: Review: Rolling Stone | work = Jimmy Guterman | publisher = "Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/172146/review/5945804?utm_source=Rhapsody&utm_medium=CDreview | accessdate=2008-04-01] Nevertheless, the band became a popular concert attraction once again, touring in support of "Done With Mirrors", well into 1986. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors Tour | work = | publisher = Aero Force One| url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804189 | accessdate=2008-04-01] In 1986, Steven Tylerand Joe Perry appeared on Run D.M.C.'s cover of Aerosmith's " Walk This Way", a track blending rock and rolland hip hop that not only cemented rap into the mainstream of American popular music, but also marked Aerosmith's true comeback. The song reached #4 on the "Billboard" Hot 100 and its associated video helped introduce Aerosmith to a new generation.cite web| title = Aerosmith Biography - Biography.com | work = | publisher = Biography.com | url=http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9542493&page=3 | accessdate=2008-04-04]
Yet the band members' drug problems still stood in their way. In 1986, lead singer Steven Tyler completed a successful
drug rehabilitationprogram, at the discretion of his fellow band members and manager Tim Collins, who believed that the band's future would not be bright if Tyler did not get treated. The rest of the band members also completed drug rehab programs over the course of the next couple years. According to the band's tell-all autobiography, Collins pledged he could make Aerosmith the biggest band in the world by 1990 if they all completed drug rehab. [Davis, pp. 1-15] Their next album was crucial because of the commercial disappointment of "Done With Mirrors", and as the band members became clean, they worked hard to make their next album a success. [Davis, p. 454]
"Permanent Vacation" and "Pump": 1987–1991
"Permanent Vacation" was released in September 1987, becoming a major hit and the band's bestselling album in over a decade (selling 5 million copies in the U.S.), with all three of its singles ("
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Rag Doll", and "Angel") reaching the Top 20 of the "Billboard" Hot 100. The group went on a subsequent tour with labelmates Guns N' Roses(who have cited Aerosmith as a major influence), which was intense at times because of Aerosmith's new struggle to stay clean amidst GN'Rs well-publicized, rampant drug use. [Davis, pp. 460-461] Listen|filename=Aerosmith_-_Janie's_Got_a_Gun.ogg|title="Janie's Got a Gun"
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OggAerosmith's next album was even more successful. "Pump", released in October 1989, featured three Top Ten singles: " Janie's Got a Gun", "What It Takes", and " Love in an Elevator", as well as the Top 30 "The Other Side", re-establishing Aerosmith as a serious musical force. [cite web| title = "Pump" - Review | work = | publisher = "Blender" | url=http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=2200] "Pump" was a critical and commercial success, eventually selling 7 million copies, achieving four-star ratings from major music magazines, [cite web| title = Pump: Aerosmith: Review: Rolling Stone | work = Kim Neely | publisher = "Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/300286/review/6212939/pump | accessdate=2008-03-31] and earning the band their first ever Grammy win in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, for "Janie's Got a Gun". The recording process for "Pump" was documented in the video " The Making of Pump", which has since been re-released as a DVD. The music videos for the album's singles were featured on the release " Things That Go Pump in the Night", which quickly went platinum.
In support of "Pump", the band embarked on the 12-month
Pump Tour, which lasted for most of 1990. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Pump Tour | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804195 | accessdate=2008-03-26] On February 21, 1990, the band appeared in a " Wayne's World" sketch on " Saturday Night Live," debating the fall of communism and the Soviet Union, and performed their recent hits " Janie's Got a Gun" and " Monkey on My Back". [Davis, p. 470] On August 11, 1990, the band's performance on MTV's "Unplugged" aired. [cite web| title = MTV Unplugged | work = | publisher = TV.com| url=http://www.tv.com/mtv-unplugged/aerosmith/episode/145015/summary.html | accessdate=2008-03-25] In October 1990, the Pump Tour ended, with the band's first ever performances in Australia. [cite web| title = AeroForceOne Aerosmith - Previous Tours | work = | publisher = Aeroforceone.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm/pk/content/pid/804156 | accessdate=2008-04-06] That same year, the band was also inducted to the Hollywood Rock Walk.cite web| title = List of all the rockwalk/inductees | work = | publisher = Guitar Center's Hollywood Rockwalk | url=http://www.rockwalk.com/inductees] In 1991, the band appeared on " The Simpsons" episode " Flaming Moe's" [cite web| title = The Simpsons - Guest Stars | work = | publisher = TheSimpsons.com | url=http://www.thesimpsons.com/bios/bios_guests_aerosmith.htm | accessdate=2008-03-25] and released a box set titled "Pandora's Box". [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Pandora's Box" - Overview | work = Greg Prato | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:gifixq95ldhe | accessdate=2008-04-02] In 1992, Tyler and Perry appeared live as guests of Guns N' Rosesduring the latter's 1992 world-wide pay-per-view show in Paris, performing a medley of "Mama Kin" (which GN'R covered in 1986) and "Train Kept-A Rollin". [cite web| title = YouTube - Guns n' Roses feat, Aerosmith - Mama kin | work = | publisher = YouTube| url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oao7bT27MHc | accessdate=2008-04-06] [cite web| title = YouTube - Aerosmith & Guns'n Roses - Train Kept A Rollin' | work = | publisher = YouTube | url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFRLKgTg4cY | accessdate=2008-04-06]
"Get a Grip" and "Big Ones": 1992–1995
The band took a brief break before recording their follow-up to "Pump" in 1992. Despite significant shifts in mainstream music at the beginning of the 1990s, the band's 1993 follow-up to "Pump", "
Get a Grip", was just as successful commercially, becoming their first album to debut at #1cite web| title = Aerosmith Chart Positions - Albums | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aifpxqw5ldae~T5 | accessdate=2008-03-25] and racking up sales of 7 million copies in a two-and-a-half-year timespan. The first singles were the hard rocking " Livin' on the Edge" and "Eat the Rich". Though many critics were unimpressed by the focus on the subsequent interchangeable power-ballads in promoting the album, all three (" Cryin'", "Crazy" and "Amazing") proved to be huge successes on radio and MTV. The music videos featured then up-and-coming actress Alicia Silverstone; her provocative performances earned her the title of "the Aerosmith chick" [cite web| title = Alicia Silverstone - Biography | work = | publisher = Dotspotter.com | url=http://www.dotspotter.com/celebrities/Alicia_Silverstone | accessdate=2008-04-04] for the first half of the decade. Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tylerwas also featured in the "Crazy" video. [cite web| title = Liv Tyler - Profile | work = | publisher = Eonline.com | url=http://www.eonline.com/celebrities/profile/index.jsp?uuid=2e1a53c6-a0d4-4499-9956-1c8c5e171367 | accessdate=2008-04-04] "Get a Grip" would go on to sell more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone, and over 15 million copies worldwide. [cite web| title = MelodicRock.com Interviews: A&R guru John Kalodner under the microscope | work = Andrew J. McNeice | publisher = MelodicRock.com | url=http://www.melodicrock.com/interviews/johnkalodner.html | accessdate=2008-03-31] The band won two Grammy Awardsfor songs from this album in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: for "Livin' on the Edge" in 1994 and "Crazy" in 1995.
During the making of "Get a Grip", the management and record company brought in a variety of professional songwriting collaborators to help give nearly all the songs on the album more commercial appeal, a trend which would continue until the early 2000s. However, this led to accusations of
selling outthat would continue throughout the 90s. [cite web| title = Epinions.com - Professor Unknown's Take on the Music Industry and the Schools of Thought Associated With It | work = | publisher = Epinions.com | url=http://www.epinions.com/content_2778177668 | accessdate=2008-04-06] In addition to Aerosmith's grueling 18 month world tour in support of "Get a Grip", the band also did a number of things to help promote themselves and their album and appeal to youth culture, including the appearance of the band in the movie " Wayne's World 2" [cite web| title = Wayne's World 2 (1993) | work = | publisher = Netflix.com | url=http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Wayne_s_World_2/60020675 | accessdate=2008-04-02] where they performed two songs, [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Wayne's World 2" - Overview | work = William Ruhlmann | publisher = Allmusic| url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:wjfrxq8gldae | accessdate=2008-04-02] the appearance of the band and their music in the video games " Revolution X" [cite web| title = GameStats: Revolution X | work = | publisher = GameStats.com | url=http://www.gamestats.com/objects/005/005662/ | accessdate=2008-04-02] and " Quest for Fame", [Davis, p. 500] performing at Woodstock '94, [Davis, pp. 497-498] using their song " Deuces Are Wild" in " The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience", [cite web| title = The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience - Overview | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:dnfuxqugld0e | accessdate=2008-03-29] and opening their own club, The Mama Kin Music Hall, in Boston, MAin 1994. [cite web| title = Mass Moments: Aerosmith Opens Lansdowne Street Music Hall | work = | publisher = MassMoments.com | url=http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=363 | accessdate=2008-03-27] That same year saw the release of the band's compilation for Geffen Records, entitled " Big Ones" featuring their biggest hits from "Permanent Vacation", "Pump", and "Get a Grip", as well as three new songs, " Deuces Are Wild", " Blind Man", and "Walk on Water", [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Big Ones" - Overview | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:gifoxqrhldte | accessdate=2008-04-02] all of which experienced great success on the rock charts.
"Nine Lives" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing": 1996–2000
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OggAerosmith had signed a $30 million contract with Columbia Records/ Sony Musicin 1991, but had only recorded three of their six contractual albums with Geffen Recordsat that point ("Done with Mirrors", "Permanent Vacation", and "Pump"). Between 1991 and 1996, they released two more albums with Geffen ("Get a Grip" and "Big Ones"), which meant they now had five albums with Geffen under their belt (along with a planned live compilation), which meant they could now begin recording for their new contract with "Columbia". [cite book |title=Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal |last=Konow |first=David |year=2002 |publisher=Three Rivers |location=New York |isbn=0-609-80732-3 |pages=341] The band took time off with their families before working on their next album, "Nine Lives", which was plagued with personnel problems, including the firing of manager Tim Collins, who, according to band members, nearly caused the band to break up. [Davis, pp. 508-510] The album's producer was also changed from Glen Ballardto Kevin Shirley. [cite web| title = "Nine Lives" - Overview | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jcfrxqthldke | accessdate=2008-03-29] "Nine Lives" was released in March of 1997. Reviews were mixed, and "Nine Lives" initially fell down the charts, although it had a long chart life and sold double platinum in the United States alone, fueled by its singles, " Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)", the ballad " Hole in My Soul", and the crossover-pop smash "Pink" (which won the band their fourth Grammy Awardin 1999 in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category). It was followed by the over two-year-long Nine Lives Tour, which was plagued by problems including lead singer Steven Tylerinjuring his leg at a concert, [Davis, p. 521] and Joey Kramersuffering second degree burns when his car caught fire at a gas station. [Davis, p. 522] However, the band also released their only #1 single to date: " I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", the love theme, written by Diane Warren, from the 1998 film "Armageddon", starring Steven Tyler's daughter Liv. [cite web| title = "Armageddon" On Top | work = | publisher = Yahoo!| url=http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12034696 | accessdate=2008-03-29] The song stayed on top of the charts for four weeks and was nominated for an Academy Award.cite web| title = Results Page - Academy Awards Database - AMPAS | work = | publisher = AMPAS(Oscars.org) | url=http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp?curTime=1206590254052 | accessdate=2008-03-26] The song helped open Aerosmith up to a new generation [cite web| title = Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' - The Vault on EN | work = | publisher = EntertainmentNutz.com | url=http://www.entertainmentnutz.com/music/vault/aerosmith/i_dont_want_to_miss_a_thing.htm | accessdate=2008-04-05] and remains a slow-dance staple. [cite web| title = Rolling Stone: Rock List: The 25 Greatest Slow Dance Songs Ever | work = | publisher = "Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/06/04/rock-list-the-25-greatest-slow-dance-songs-ever/ | accessdate=2008-04-05] 1998 also saw the release of the double-live album, " A Little South of Sanity", which was assembled from performances on the Get a Grip and Nine Lives tours. [cite web| title = "A Little South of Sanity" - Overview | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:abftxq8jldse | accessdate=2008-03-29] The album went platinum shortly after its release. The band continued with their seemingly neverending world tours promoting "Nine Lives" and the "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" single well into 1999. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Nine Lives Tour | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804175 | accessdate=2008-04-02]
In 1999, Aerosmith were featured in the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World (and later in 2001 at Euro Disney in the
Walt Disney Studios Park) ride, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, providing the ride's soundtrack and theme. [cite web| title = Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Facts | work = | publisher = RocknRollerCoaster.com | url= http://www.rocknrollercoaster.com/facts.html | accessdate=2008-03-25] On September 9, 1999, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry reunited with Run-D.M.C.and were also joined by Kid Rockfor a collaborative live performance of "Walk This Way" at the MTV Video Music Awards, a precursor to the Girls of Summer Tour. [cite web| title = Kid Rock, Run-D.M.C. Back In The Saddle With Aerosmith | work = | publisher = MTV.com | url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1455000/20020604/aerosmith.jhtml | accessdate=2008-03-29] The band celebrated the new millennium with a brief tour of Japan, [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Roar of the Dragon | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804220 | accessdate=2008-04-02] and also contributed the song " Angel's Eye" to the 2000 film "Charlie's Angels". [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Charlie's Angels" - Overview | work = William Ruhlmann | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gifexqe0ldke | accessdate=2008-04-02]
"Just Push Play", "O, Yeah!", and Rocksimus Maximus: 2001–2003
The band entered their next decade by performing at the halftime show for
Super Bowl XXXV, in January 2001, along with pop stars 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly. All of the stars collaborated with Aerosmith at the end for a performance of " Walk This Way". [cite web| title = Aerosmith, N'Sync add spice to MTV-driven halftime show | work = | publisher = CNNSI| url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/2001/playoffs/news/2001/01/28/superbowl_halftimeshow_ap/ | accessdate=2008-03-27] In March 2001, the band released their 13th studio album " Just Push Play", which quickly went platinum, fueled by the Top 10 single "Jaded" and the appearance of the title track in Dodgecommercials. [cite web| title = Dodge Ad Boosts New Aerosmith Single | work = John Benson | publisher = Allbusiness.com | url=http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/miscellaneous-retail-retail-stores-not/4617901-1.html | accessdate=2008-04-01] They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famesoon after their album was released, in late March of 2001.cite web |url=http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/aerosmith |title=Aerosmith |accessdate=2008-03-22 |format= |work= Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] Aerosmith is the only band to be inducted to the Hall of Fame with a song active in the charts ("Jaded"). Later that year, the band performed as part of the benefit concertin Washington D.C.for 9/11 victims and their families. [cite web| title = United We Stand: What More Can I Give? | work = | publisher = " The Washington Post" | url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=cityguide/profile&id=1065889 | accessdate=2008-03-31] The band flew back to Indianapolisfor a show the same night, as part of their Just Push Play Tour. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Just Push Play Tour | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804223 | accessdate=2008-03-31]
The band started 2002 by ending the Just Push Play tour, and simultaneously recording segments for their "
Behind the Music" special on VH1, which not only chronicled the band's history but also the band's current activities and touring. The special was one of the few "Behind the Music"s to run two hours in length. [cite web| title = Behind The Music: Aerosmith | work = | publisher = VH1| url=http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/behind_the_music/56634/episode.jhtml | accessdate=2008-03-27] In July 2002, Aerosmith released a two-disc career-spanning compilation " O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits", which featured the new single " Girls of Summer", and embarked on the Girls of Summer Tourwith Kid Rockand Run-D.M.C.opening. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Girls of Summer Tour | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804231 | accessdate=2008-04-02] "O, Yeah!" has since been certified double platinum. MTVhonored Aerosmith with their mtvICON award in 2002. Performances included Pink covering "Janie's Got a Gun". Shakiraperformed "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", Kid Rockplayed "Mama Kin" and "Last Child", Train performed "Dream On" and Papa Roachcovered "Sweet Emotion". In addition, testimonials featured surprise guests Metallica, as well as Janet Jackson, Limp Bizkitsinger Fred Durst, Alicia Silverstoneand Mila Kunis.cite web| title = mtvICON: Aerosmith | work = | publisher = MTV.com | url=http://www.mtv.com/onair/icon/ | accessdate=2008-03-25] In 2003, Aerosmith co-headlined with Kiss on the Rocksimus Maximus Tour, in preparation for release of their blues album. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Rocksimus Maximus Tour | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=804235 | accessdate=2008-04-02]
"Honkin' on Bobo", "Rockin' the Joint", and "Devil's Got a New Disguise": 2004–2006
Aerosmith's long-promisedcite web| title = "Honkin' on Bobo" - Review | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:g96ktr3tklmx] blues album "
Honkin' on Bobo" was released in 2004. This was a return to the band's roots, including recording the album in live sessions, working with former producer Jack Douglas, and laying down their blues-rock grit. It was followed by a live DVD, "You Gotta Move", in December 2004, culled from the first performance on the Honkin' on Bobo Tour. "Dream On" was also featured in an advertising campaign for Buickin 2004, targeting that marque's market which is now composed largely of people who were teenagers when the song first charted. [cite web| title = Buick Shifts From 'Dream' to 'Precision' | work = | publisher = " The New York Times" | url=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/18/business/media/18adco.html?fta=y | accessdate=2008-03-31]
Steven Tylerappear in the film " Be Cool". [cite web| title = Be Cool | work = | publisher = KillerMovies.com | url=http://www.killermovies.com/b/becool/ | accessdate=2008-04-02] Joe Perry released his self-titled solo album that same year. [cite web| title = Allmusic - "Joe Perry" - Overview | work = Stephen Thomas Erlewine | publisher = Allmusic| url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:dzfexqrsldde | accessdate=2008-04-02] At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the track "Mercy", [cite web| title = The Complete List of Grammy Nominations | work = | publisher = "The New York Times" | url=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/08/arts/09gram-list.html | accessdate=2008-04-04] but lost to Les Paul. In October 2005, Aerosmith released a CD/DVD " Rockin' the Joint". The band hit the road for the Rockin' the Joint Touron October 30 with Lenny Kravitzfor a fall/winter tour of arenas in the largest U.S. markets. [cite web| title = Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz Set for Fall Tour | work = Jonathan Cohen | publisher = "Billboard" | url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001181548 | accessdate=2008-04-02] The band planned to tour with Cheap Trickin the spring, hitting secondary markets in the U.S. [cite web| title = Aerosmith Reteams with Cheap Trick for Tour | work = Jonathan Cohen | publisher = "Billboard" | url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001918212 | accessdate=2008-04-02] Almost all of this leg of the tour was canceled, however. Dates were initially canceled one by one [cite web| title = Aerosmith News | work = | publisher = AeroForceOne.com | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pn=30&&pk=viewall&cd=NAA&pid=302766 | accessdate=2008-04-02] until March 22, 2006, when it was announced that lead singer Steven Tyler needed throat surgery, and the remaining dates on the tour were subsequently canceled. [cite web| title = Aerosmith Cancel Tour; Singer To Undergo Throat Surgery | work = | publisher = VH1.com | url=http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/1526788/20060322/tyler_steven.jhtml | accessdate=2008-03-31]
Aerosmith commenced recording a new album on Armed Forces Day 2006.cite web| title = Musicians - Aerosmith | work = | publisher = Monsters and Critics.com | url=http://people.monstersandcritics.com/archive/peoplearchive.php/Aerosmith/biog | accessdate=2008-04-06] Tyler and Perry performed with the
Boston Pops Orchestrafor their annual July 4 concert on the Esplanade in 2006, a milestone as it was the first major event or performance since Steven Tyler's throat surgery. [cite web| title = Aerosmith Gets Orchestral for Independence Day | work = Jonathan Cohen | publisher = "Billboard" | url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002764485 | accessdate=2008-04-02] Around this time, the band also announced that they would embark on the Route of All Evil Tourwith Mötley Crüein late 2006. [cite web| title = "Route of All Evil" AF1 Press Release | work = | publisher = Aero Force One | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/662206/pid/302766 | accessdate=2008-04-01] On August 24, 2006 it was announced that Tom Hamilton was undergoing treatment for throat cancer. In order to make a full recovery, he sat out much of the Route of All Evil Tour until he was well again. Former Joe Perry Project bassist David Hull substituted for Hamilton until his return. [cite web| title = Hamilton treated for throat cancer | work = | publisher = "The Boston Globe" | url=http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2006/08/25/hamilton_treated_for_throat_cancer/ | accessdate=2008-03-29] On September 5, 2006, Aerosmith kicked off the Route of All Evil Tourwith Mötley Crüein Columbus, Ohio. The co-headlining tour took both bands to amphitheaters across North America through November 24. After that, a select few arena dates were added, some of which were with Mötley Crüe. The tour ended December 17. [cite web| title = Aerosmith - Route of All Evil Tour | work = | publisher = Aero Force One | url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pid=806208 | accessdate=2008-04-01]
On October 17, 2006, the compilation album "
Devil's Got a New Disguise - The Very Best of Aerosmith" was released. The album contained previous hits with the addition of two new songs, "Devil's Got a New Disguise" and "Sedona Sunrise", which were older outtakes re-recorded for the album. [cite web| title = "Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith" - Review | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wcftxqydldje | accessdate=2008-03-29] "Devil's Got a New Disguise" peaked at #15 on the Mainstream Rock Trackschart. The album was intended to fulfill Aerosmith's contract with Sony and tide fans over until the band's new studio album was released. [cite web| title = Two New Songs Highlight Aerosmith Best-Of | work = Gary Graff| publisher = "Billboard" | url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003052852 | accessdate=2008-04-02]
World Tour, "Guitar Hero", and new album: 2007–present
In early 2007, the band announced a new World Tour, their first for nearly a decade to include dates outside North America or Japan. [cite web| title = Aerosmith Touring Europe for First Time Since '99 | work = Jonathan Cohen | publisher = "Billboard" | url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003547329 | accessdate=2008-04-02] The band performed at
London's Hard Rock Cafein February 2007 to promote their European tour which included a night in Hyde Park as part of the Hyde Park Callingfestival sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe. [cite web| title = Aerosmith take DMC for a walk in Hyde Park | work = | publisher = Yahoo.com | url=http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/44788314 | accessdate=2008-03-29] In the spring, the band toured Latin Americato sold-out stadium crowds. In the summer, the band toured Europe, performing at several major rock festivals and visiting some countries they had never played before. Additionally, the band played Asian countries such as the United Arab Emiratesand India for the first time. The band also played a few select dates in Californiaand Canada in late July. One such date, a July 21 concert in Prince Edward Island, was the largest in that province's history. [cite web| title = Aerosmith to rock Prince Edward Island: report | work = | publisher = CBC.ca | url=http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2007/02/25/aerosmith-pei.html | accessdate=2008-05-20] In September, the band performed eight dates in major markets in Northeastern North America. These shows were opened by Joan Jett. The band also played a private gig in Hawaii. A public show in Hawaii was canceled for logistical reasons, [cite web| title = AEROSMITH: Maui Concert Cancellation Explained | work = | publisher = Blabbermouth.net | url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=81213 | accessdate=2008-03-29] which spurred a class action lawsuit against the band. [cite web| title = Attorney Says AEROSMITH Fans Want Losses Paid | work = | publisher = Blabbermouth.net | url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=83166 | accessdate=2008-03-29]
On November 1, 2007, the band began work on the final studio album of their current contract with Sony. It is believed that the album will be a mix of re-recorded tracks left off previous albums as well as brand new material. [cite web| title = Aerosmith Hitting The Studio In November | work = Gary Graff | publisher = "Billboard" | url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003634525 | accessdate=2007-09-04] In an interview, guitarist Joe Perry revealed that in addition to creating a new album, the band was working closely with the makers of the "Guitar Hero" series to develop "", which is dedicated to the band's music. [cite web| title = New Guitar Hero gives sweet emotion to Aerosmith fans | work = | publisher =
Reuters| url=http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSWNAS125620080216 | accessdate=2008-02-15] The game was released on June 29, 2008 and contains many of their best songs. [cite web| title = Wii Preview: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith | work = Neal Ronaghan | publisher = Nintendo World Report| url=http://nintendoworldreport.com/previewArt.cfm?artid=15660 | accessdate=2008-04-01] Steven Tyler announced on VH1 Classic Radio on September 4, 2008 that Aerosmith intends to enter the studio at the end of September, 2008 to complete the band's 15th studio album. It will be the band's first album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play. Tyler also confirmed that the band plans to begin a new U.S. tour in April of 2009, in support of the as-yet-untitled album.
Steven Tyler- lead vocals, piano, harmonica, percussion and drums (1970–present)
*Joe Perry - lead and rhythm
guitar, backing vocals (1970–1979; 1984–present)
Brad Whitford- rhythm and lead guitar (1971–1981; 1984–present)
*Tom Hamilton -
bass guitar, backing vocals (1970–present)
Joey Kramer- drums, percussion (1970–present)
Ray Tabano- rhythm and lead guitar (1970–1971)
Jimmy Crespo- lead and rhythm guitar (1979–1984)
Rick Dufay- rhythm and lead guitar (1981–1984)
Aerosmith has had twenty-one songs chart in the
Top 40of the "Billboard" Hot 100:
Sweet Emotion", #36
*1976: "Dream On", #6
Last Child", #21
Walk This Way", #10
Back in the Saddle", #38
Come Together", #23
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", #14
*1988: "Angel", #3
*1988: "Rag Doll", #17
Love in an Elevator", #5
Janie's Got a Gun", #4
*1990: "What it Takes", #9
*1990: "The Other Side", #22
Livin' on the Edge", #18
*1994: "Amazing", #24
*1994: "Crazy", #17
Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)", #35
*1998: "Pink", #27
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", #1
*2001: "Jaded", #7
Filmography and videography
In addition to recording and performing music, Aerosmith has also been involved with films, television, video games, and music videos. In 1978, the band starred as the "Future Villain Band" in the film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Later, when the band resurrected itself in the late 1980s and 1990s, Aerosmith made further appearances, including the "
Wayne's World" sketch on " Saturday Night Live" in 1990, the " Flaming Moe's" episode of " The Simpsons" in 1991, and the film " Wayne's World 2" in 1993.cite web| title = Aerosmith | work = | publisher = IMDb.com | url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0012613/ | accessdate=2008-05-08]
The band has been the subject of several video games including "
Revolution X" in 1994, " Quest for Fame" in 1995, and "", in June 2008. The band has also made over 30 major music videos, [cite web| title = mvdbase.com - Aerosmith | work = | publisher = mvdbase.com | url=http://www.mvdbase.com/artist.php?last=Aerosmith http://www.mvdbase.com/artist.php?last=Aerosmith | accessdate=2008-05-08] and released seven home videos or DVDs. [cite web| title = allmusic: Aerosmith - Discography - DVDs & Videos | work = | publisher = allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=AEROSMITH&samples=1&sql=11:aifpxqw5ldae~T23 | accessdate=2008-05-08]
*1970-72: Early Days
*1973: "Aerosmith" Tour
Get Your Wings" Tour
*1975: "Toys in the Attic" Tour
*1976-77: "Rocks" Tour
*1977-78: Aerosmith Express Tour (supporting "
Draw the Line" album)
Live! Bootleg" Tour
Night in the Ruts" Tour
Rock in a Hard Place" Tour
Back in the Saddle" Tour
Done with Mirrors" Tour
Permanent Vacation Tour"
Get a Grip Tour"
Nine Lives Tour"
Roar of the Dragon Tour"
Just Push Play Tour"
Girls of Summer Tour"
Rocksimus Maximus Tour"
Honkin' on Bobo Tour"
Rockin' the Joint Tour"
Route of All Evil Tour"
*2007: "World Tour 2007"
Awards and achievements
Despite Aerosmith's popularity and success in the 1970s, it wasn't until their comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s that they started winning awards and major recognition. In 1987, Aerosmith won the
Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Singlefor the re-mix of " Walk This Way" with Run-D.M.C.. In 1990, Aerosmith won their first Grammyaward, for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and went on to win a total of four such awards (all of them in the 1990s) for " Janie's Got a Gun", " Livin' on the Edge", "Crazy", and "Pink". Aerosmith is second only to U2in the number of awards won in that category.cite web| title = Grammy Award winners – Aerosmith | work = | publisher = NARAS(Grammy.com) | url=http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/Winners/Results.aspx?title=&winner=aerosmith&year=0&genreID=0&hp=1 | accessdate=2008-03-25]
In addition, Aerosmith's music videos won numerous awards throughout the 1990s. Aerosmith ranks as the fourth most successful artist of all-time at the
MTV Video Music Awards(VMAs), with ten such awards to date. Aerosmith is also the all-time leader in the categories Best Rock Video (with four such awards) and Viewer's Choice (with three such awards). Aerosmith has also won once each in the categories Video of the Year, Best Group Video, and Best Video from a Film. The videos for which Aerosmith has won VMAs are "Janie's Got a Gun" (2 awards), "The Other Side", "Livin' on the Edge", " Cryin'" (3 awards), " Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)", "Pink", and " I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".cite web| title = Rock on the Net: Aerosmith | work = | publisher = RockOntheNet.com | url=http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-a/aerosmith_main.htm | accessdate=2008-03-29]
Over the course of their career (primarily 1990 and after), Aerosmith has also collected seven
American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two People's Choice Awards, sixteen Boston Music Awards, and numerous other awards and honors. Some of the high accolades Aerosmith have achieved include induction into Hollywood's Rock Walk in 1990, a declaration of "Aerosmith Day" in the state of Massachusettsby then-Governor William Weldon April 13, 1993, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famein 2001, and being honored with the mtvICON award in 2002.
In the fields of technology and video games, Aerosmith has achieved several feats. In 1994, Aerosmith released the song "Head First" on the Internet, which is considered to be the first full-length commercial product available online. In 2008, Aerosmith became the first artist to have an entire "Guitar Hero" video game based around them with "".
Aerosmith also holds several chart and album sales feats, including the second highest number of number one singles on the
Mainstream Rock Trackschart for a group with nine,cite web| title = Aerosmith Chart Positions - Singles | work = | publisher = Allmusic | url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=AEROSMITH&sql=11:aifpxqw5ldae~T51 | accessdate=2008-04-01] the only number one debut on the "Billboard" Hot 100 by a rock group with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing",cite book |title=Guinness World Records 2000: Millennium Edition |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=2000 |publisher=Bantam |location=New York |isbn=0-553-58268-2 |pages=206] and the most gold and multi-platinumalbums by an American group. [cite web| title=Artist Tallies | publisher=Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA.com)| url=http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=tblArtTal] From the Recording Industry Association of America, Aerosmith has achieved 25 gold, 18 platinum, and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, in addition to one diamond album and four gold singles. With 150 million albums sold worldwide and 66.5 million in the United States, Aerosmith is the second-bestselling American group (second to The Eagles) and the bestselling American hard rock band.
Rankings on lists
*"Dream On", "Toys in the Attic", and "
Walk This Way" (with Run-D.M.C.) are all listed on the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
*In 1993, "Rolling Stone: The Top 100 Music Videos" included "
Walk This Way" (w/ Run-D.M.C.) at #11 and " Janie's Got a Gun" at #95.
*In 1999, "MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made" included "
Walk This Way" (w/ Run-D.M.C.) at #5 and " Janie's Got a Gun" at #48.
*In 2000, "VH1: 100 Greatest Rock Songs" included "
Walk This Way" at #35 and "Dream On" at #47.
*In 2000, ranked #11 on
VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".
*In 2001, "VH1: 100 Greatest Videos" included "
Walk This Way" (w/ Run-D.M.C.) at #11, "Crazy" at #23, and " Janie's Got a Gun" at #48.
*In 2003, Rolling Stone's
The 500 Greatest Albums of All Timeincluded "Rocks" at #176 and "Toys in the Attic" at #228.
*In 2003, "VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years" included "
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" at #45.
*In 2004, Rolling Stone's
The 500 Greatest Songs of All Timeincluded "Dream On" at #172, " Walk This Way" (with Run-D.M.C.) at #287, " Walk This Way" (original) at #336, and " Sweet Emotion" at #408.
*In 2004, ranked #18 on the "Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years" chart.
* In 2004, "
Rolling Stone" magazine ranked Aerosmith #57 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. [cite web| title = The Immortals: The First Fifty| work = Rolling Stone Issue 946| publisher = Rolling Stone| url =http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5939214/the_immortals_the_first_fifty]
*In 2008, "Rolling Stone" ranked the original version of "
Walk This Way" at #34 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. [cite web| title = "Walk This Way" Makes 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time | work = Gavin Edwards | publisher = " Rolling Stone" | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/20947527/page/16 | accessdate=2008-06-12]
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* [http://www.aerosmith.com Aerosmith.com] - Official Website
* [http://www.aerosmith.net Aerosmith.net] - Official record label site Aerosmith.net
* [http://www.aeroforceone.com AeroForceOne.com] - Aerosmith's Official Fan Club Website
* [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/aerosmith Aerosmith] at "Rolling Stone"
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