Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. Here’s a complete history of Aerosmith:
Formation and Early Years (1970-1973): Aerosmith was formed when guitarists Joe Perry and Ray Tabano, along with vocalist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and bassist Tom Hamilton came together in 1970. They were later joined by guitarist Brad Whitford. The band began playing in small clubs and bars in the Boston area and built a local following. In 1972, they signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released their self-titled debut album “Aerosmith” in 1973. The album featured the hit single “Dream On.”
Commercial Success and Rise to Fame (1974-1978): Aerosmith’s second album, “Get Your Wings” (1974), started gaining attention and began to establish the band’s signature hard rock sound. They achieved even greater success with their third album, “Toys in the Attic” (1975), which included hits like “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way.” This album propelled Aerosmith to stardom, and they became known for their high-energy performances and the dynamic chemistry between Tyler and Perry.
Mid-Career Challenges (1979-1984): In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Aerosmith faced personal and professional challenges due to drug abuse and internal conflicts. This period saw the release of albums such as “Night in the Ruts” (1979) and “Rock in a Hard Place” (1982). Although these albums contained some notable tracks, the band’s popularity declined during this time.
Comeback and Resurgence (1985-1991): In 1984, Aerosmith made a successful comeback with the release of the album “Done with Mirrors.” However, it was their collaboration with rap group Run-DMC on a reimagined version of “Walk This Way” that truly revived their career. The song became a massive hit, reintroducing Aerosmith to a new generation of fans. In 1987, they released the album “Permanent Vacation,” featuring the hits “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” and “Angel,” which marked their return to mainstream success.
Continued Success and Evolution (1992-2001): Throughout the 1990s, Aerosmith released several successful albums, including “Get a Grip” (1993), “Nine Lives” (1997), and “Just Push Play” (2001). These albums featured hit singles like “Crazy,” “Cryin’,” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (from the movie Armageddon). Aerosmith solidified their reputation as one of the most enduring rock bands and continued to tour extensively.
Recent Years (2002-2021): Aerosmith released the blues-inspired album “Honkin’ on Bobo” in 2004 and “Music from Another Dimension!” in 2012. They embarked on numerous tours and performed at major music festivals. The band celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020 but had to postpone some of the planned celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout their career, Aerosmith has sold over 150 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling rock bands of all time. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have won multiple awards for their music. The band members have dealt with various personal and health issues over the years but have remained resilient, continuing to perform and create music.
Here’s a list of studio albums released by Aerosmith:
Get Your Wings (1974)
Toys in the Attic (1975)
Draw the Line (1977)
Night in the Ruts (1979)
Rock in a Hard Place (1982)
Done with Mirrors (1985)
Permanent Vacation (1987)
Get a Grip (1993)
Nine Lives (1997)
Just Push Play (2001)
Honkin’ on Bobo (2004)
Music from Another Dimension! (2012)
In addition to these studio albums, Aerosmith has also released several live albums, compilation albums, and other special releases throughout their career.