Rocking since the early 1970's, Aerosmith is a Boston-based band consisting of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Brad Whitford. With 14 studio albums, five live albums, ten compilation albums, and two boxsets, Aerosmith is the best-selling rock band ever. They have 21 Top 40 hits, nine #1 rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. In 2001, they were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have been ranked on Rolling Stone and VH1â€™s Greatest Artists of All-Time lists.
The band came together formally in 1971 and performed live shows across the northeast. They were signed by Columbia Records after performing at a nightclub in NYC and released a self-titled debut album in 1973. Hit song, â€œDream On,â€ came off the album and the band toured continuously to gain attention. 1975â€™s Toys In The Attic, their third album, launched them to international success.
In the late 70â€™s and early 80â€™s Perry and Whitford both left the group for an extended period of time. After a performance in Boston, the band met up again for the first time in years and decided to have a reunion tour, the Back in the Saddle Tour. They signed with Geffen Records for a new album, but abuse drug and alcohol problems plagued the band.
After manager Tim Collins promised that he would make them â€œthe biggest band in the world by 1990â€ if they went to rehab, the band reformed for their 1987 album, Permanent Vacation, a huge album. 1989â€™s Pump was even more successful with singles like â€œJanieâ€™s Got a Gun.â€ They followed the album up with a year long tour and appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons.
Aerosmithâ€™s success carried them into the 90â€™s. in 1991, they signed a huge contract with Columbia Records/Sony Music, but still had to complete their deal with Geffen. It was the single, â€œI Donâ€™t Want To Miss A Thing,â€ released for the movie soundtrack for Armageddon that gave them their only #1 hit on Billboard Hot 100 and earned the band an Academy Award nomination. That same year, Disney World featured the band in their new roller coaster ride at the Florida theme park.
They performed with the faces of the new decade, Britney Spears, Nâ€™SYNC, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2001 and released their thirteenth studio album, Just Push Play to huge success. They continued to perform and record albums during the next few years, but in 2009, complications between band members arose.
Tyler dropped out of the South American leg of Aerosmithâ€™s 2009 tour and it was rumored that he was on the verge of quitting the band. He rejoined them for a tour in 2010, but tensions were rising. After coming back together, Aerosmith announced a 2012 summer tour alongside Cheap Trick, the Global Warming Tour. The show will take them across North America and kicks off June 16 in Minneapolis, MN.