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Aerosmith Biography


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Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Years Active: 1969–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Blues-rock, Heavy Metal, Rock And Roll


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 band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 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. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.

They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album. "Dream On" was first released as a single from the album in 1973. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 in 1976 and the single reached #6. That was followed by their 1974 album ''Get Your Wings” which featured the single "Same Old Song And Dance."

In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album ''Toys in the Attic'' which reached #11 on the Billboard 200 and featured such hits as "Walk This Way" (#10) and "Sweet Emotion" (#36).

Their 1976 follow-up ''Rocks'' cemented their status as hard rock superstars reaching #3 on the Billboard 200 with the success of singles "Last Child" and "Back in the Saddle."

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". However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, 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 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 was not until the band sobered up and released 1987's ''Permanent Vacation'' that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. The singles "Rag Doll," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Angel" all became major hits (all three songs charted in the Top 20) and helped “Permanent Vacation” become the band's most successful album in a decade.

Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums.

''Pump,'' released in 1989, produced a variety of successes and "firsts" for the band including their first Grammy Award ("Janie's Got a Gun"). "Love in an Elevator" became the first Aerosmith song to hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Additionally, it is the only Aerosmith album to date to have three Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and three #1 singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was the fourth bestselling album of the year 1990.

1993’s ''Get a Grip'' became Aerosmith's best-selling studio album worldwide, achieving sales of over 20 million copies, and is tied with “Pump” for their second best-selling album in the United States, selling over 7 million copies as of 1995. This also made it their third consecutive album with US sales of at least five million. “Get a Grip” won the band two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "Amazing," "Cryin," "Livin' on the Edge" and “Crazy” were all Top 40 charting singles.

''Nine Lives,” released in 1997, peaked at #1 at the Billboard Charts. One of the album's singles, "Pink", won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. “Just Push Play” released in 2001 is their most recent platinum certified album. The album's first single, "Jaded", became a major Top 10 hit in the U.S. and around the world. Subsequent singles "Fly Away from Here", "Sunshine", and "Just Push Play", though garnering some airplay, failed to impact the Hot 100 much, although the latter two charted on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and the former charted on the Adult Top 40.

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 record music.

Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, 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 40 hits 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 Fame in 2001.