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Aerosmith Biography

Aerosmith, one of the most popular worldwide Rock-acts, were formed in Sunapee, New Hampshire USA, in 1970, where vocalist Steven Tyler first met guitarist Joe Perry; after the two were joined by bassist Tom Hamilton, guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer, the band moved to Boston and began their four decade-long career.

Following their first tour through North-East, Aerosmith signed a contract with Columbia Records who released the band's self-titled debut album in late 1973, it included the power ballad "Dream On", released as a single initially it peaked at #59 and eventually became a top 10 in U.S. Pop chart three years later.

The group's second album, "Get Your Wings", came out in 1974 spending one and a half year on The Pop chart with a peak of #70.

The next year saw the Aerosmith's breakthrough LP, "Toys In The Attic", reach the #11 position on The U.S. Pop Albums chart, selling 6 million copies all over the world and spawning the singles "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way".

1976's "Rocks" became an instant platinum disc in the States where it rocketed to #3 on The Pop Albums chart and its two singles, "Last Child" and "Back In The Saddle", smashed through top 40 of The Billboard Hot 100.

The follow-up, "Draw The Line", reached #11 on the U.S. Albums chart and generated two singles: the title-track and "Kings And Queens" which were a minor hits on the Pop chart.

By the end of the 1978's national tour, the group appeared in the movie "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", performing a cover of "Come Together", the single peaked at #23 on the U.S. Pop chart.

In the following years, Aerosmith, unleashed "Live! Bootleg" and 1979's "Night In The Ruts", both the releases cracked The U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart reaching the #13 and #14 spots, respectively. The excesses of success took their toll as internal squabbles and drug abuse; Joe Perry left the band and began working on a solo-project and by early 1980, the rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford also quit.

Tyler, Hamilton and Kramer continued on and recruited new guitarists Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay; during 1980 the lead singer was involved in a motorcycle accident, that suspended the recording activity of the band. "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" followed before the year's end, the 10-track set reached #53 in the States, however it went multi-platinum in the years ahead selling 10 million copies.

Aerosmith, with the new line-up, resurfaced in 1982 releasing "Rock In A Hard Place", it reached the #32 slot on the Pop Albums chart failing to match the success of its predecessor; only one single, "Lightning Strikes", charted on The Mainstream Rock list.

Contact between the band, Perry and Whitford was re-established during a 1984 tour; the next year, the two founder members underwent a period of rehabilitation to rid themselves of drug and alcohol dependency; Aerosmith's original line-up recorded "Done With Mirrors" which broke into the top 40 of The Billboard 200 Albums chart; both its two singles, "Let The Music Do The Talking" and "Shela", inched into the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock chart.

Their carrer was relit in 1986 when collaborated with Rap outfit Run-D.M.C. at the cover of "Walk This Way", in fact one year later they released "Permanent Vacation" which hit #11 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, selling over 3 million copies. A series of singles stormed the Pop and Rock charts worldwide, "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" peaked at #4 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks, "Rag Doll" hit #14 on the same chart and the ballad "Angel" reached the top 3 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts.

The subsequent album, 1989's multi-platinum "Pump", was an instant smash, racing into the top 5 of The Billboard 200 chart, it contained three #1s Active Rock hits: "Love In An Elevator", "The Other Side" and the power ballad "What It Takes"; one more track, "Janie's Got A Gun", rose to the #2 spot on the same chart; all the above four singles also crashed into the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100 and charted in numerous countries all over the world.
With "Janie's Got A Gun" the quintet won their first Grammy Awards in 1990 for Best Rock Performance.

After three and a half years the band returned with the highly acclaimed "Get A Grip" which went straight to #1 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart spawning another series of Mainstream Rock singles: the #1 smash hits "Cryin" and "Livin On The Edge", plus three top 5 hits: "Amazing", "Fever" and "Eat The Rich".
Aerosmith took home two Grammy Awards in 1993 and 1994 for Best Rock Performance with "Livin' On The Edge" and "Crazy"; around this time was issued the double-platinum collection "Big Ones", the set integrated two new songs, "Deuces Are Wild" and "Blind Man", both the tracks climbed as much as #1 and #3, respectively, on The Mainstream Rock chart.

In the mid-'90s the band split from Geffen and signed a new contract with Columbia Records, immediately they headed back into the studio to record their new album, "Nine Lives", which arrived in 1997; it quickly shot to #1 on The Billboard Top 200 list and gained gold and platinum status in over ten countries all around the globe. The first single "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" was an instant #1 on Billboard's Active Rock airplay chart; the subsequent singles, "Pink" also hit #1, "Hole In My Soul" peaked at #4 and "Taste Of India" grabbed a #3 spot on the same chart. At the 41st Annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Awards, Aerosmith won their fourth Grammy with "Pink" for Best Group Rock Vocal Performance.

In September 1998, the band achieved their first ever #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", a single taken from the soundtrack of the movie "Armageddon", this CD generated another Mainstream Rock top 5 hit, "What Kind Of Love Are You On".

The new century saw the release of the group's twelfth LP of new material, "Just Push Play", the first Aerosmith's album produced by Tyler and Perry, rose to #2 on the U.S. Top 200 chart in the spring of 2001, it included "Jaded" which climbed to the top of The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and soared to #7 on The Billboard Hot 100.

In the spring of 2004, the Blues-oriented effort "Honkin' On Bobo", was released; it reached #5 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart while their rendition of "Baby, Please Don't Go" hit the top 10 of the Active Rock chart.

The iconic rockers issued a new greatest hits compilation titled "Devil's Got A New Disguise The Very Best Of Aerosmith" in October 2006 which included a pair of new tunes, "Sedona Sunrise" and the Mainstream Rock radio top 20 hit single "Devil's Got A New Disguise".

Aerosmith are gearing up to release their highly anticipated new studio album "Music From Another Dimension", the 14-track set is introduced with the new single "Legendary Child".


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    Group shot mid-'70s
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    Aerosmith "Permanent Vacation" era (1987)
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    Aerosmith 2004