Over 40 years of Rock’n’Roll
The American band Aerosmith is one of the kind that has gone to hell and back. Their history is split in two main periods : the first is before they went into drugs and alcohol, and the other is after the rehab. Aerosmith was formed by the end of 1969 in Sunapee (New Hampshire) when two bands merged : Chain Reaction, which was led by Steven Tallarico, and Jam Band, which included Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton.
The first Aerosmith songs
Their first gig was played in 1970 in Massachusetts, featuring Steven Tallarico on vocals, Joe Perry on lead guitar, Ray Tabano on rhythms, Tom Hamilton on bass, and Joey Kramer on drums. Ray Tabano left the band to be replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971, and came back later to become their marketing director.
As the band’s reputation started to grow, Steven Tallarico changed his name to Steven Tyler in 1972. Their first self-titled album (Aerosmith) was released in 1973, after they signed a contract with Columbia Records. The single Pandora’s Box was included on Get your Wings, which was released in 1974 and went gold. Then Sweet Emotion became their first song hitting Top 40, and the billboard Top 20 Album Chart was hit by Toys in the Attic. 80’000 fans has been gathered for their first stadium show at Pontiac Silverdome (Michigan) on June 12th, 1976. Tickets were sold out within only 12 hours.
Rocks was released in 1976 and became platinum. Several singles including Nobody’s Fault and Draw the Line were released throughout 1977.
In 1979, the band has been deeply affected by disagreements between Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and split up. Aerosmith reformed in 1984 with Tim Collins as a new manager, and took a fresh start with new songs and albums. Done with Mirrors was released in 1985, before Run D.M.C. gave the band a push by covering Walk This Way. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry agreed to consider a rehab, and made great efforts to stay sober.
Aerosmith songs and awards
Dude (Looks Like A Lady), featured on album Permanent Vacation released in 1987, was nominated for Best Group Video and Best Stage Performance in 1988’s MTV Video Music Awards. In the meantime, Angel topped 3rd on the Billboard Charts.
Janie’s Got a Gun earned the band a Grammy award after they released Pump in 1989.
In 1993, Livin’ On the Edge, Cryin’, Crazy and Amazing, all from Get a Grip, hit the charts. Their first number one hit was I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, that they recorded for the movie Armageddon.
Aerosmith got its place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after Just Push Play, including Jaded was released in 2001. An all-blues album recorded in 2003 brought back previews fans, and earned the band new ones at the same time.
Now, after more than 40 years, Aerosmith is still rocking and rolling, touring and recording new songs !
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