Aerosmith Biography

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AerosmithAerosmith is an enduring American rock band that has become an icon, even regarded by many as "America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Aerosmith is composed of Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry on lead guitar, Tom Hamilton on bass,

Brad Whitford on rhythm guitar, and Joey Kramer on drums. The early formation of the band began in the late 1960’s when Tyler met Perry while vacationing in New Hampshire where Perry was playing with a band along with Tom Hamilton aside from washing dishes to pay the rent.

When Perry and Hamilton decided to move to Boston sometime in 1970, there they met Joey Kramer who was a friend of Perry from way back. Kramer, who was a college student then, decided quit school and join the band that Hamilton and Perry was then forming. They again met up with Steven Tyler in Boston who agreed to become a part of the band only if he becomes the lead vocalist (Tyler then was a drummer and a backup vocalist for another band).

After a mutual agreement between the band members, Aerosmith was finally born. The lineup was finally formed in 1971, the band started to achieve success doing live shows all around Boston. Eventually they were able to get signed with Columbia Records in 1972 and were able to come out with their self-titled debut album in 1973.

Although none of their singles were able to chart well, with "Dream On" getting the number 59 spot as the highest, Aerosmith achieved quite a success with their live shows as well as enjoying a heavy rotation on the radio. Their debut album eventually went on to sell over two million copies in the US.

After their debut album, Aerosmith were able to come out with several multi-platinum albums that started them on their way to become acknowledged rock stars not only on local shores but also internationally. It was their 1975 album "Toys in the Attic" that established the band as international rock stars along with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

"Toys in the Attic" eventually became Aerosmith’s best selling studio album in the US, going on to sell over eight million copies. Along with their string of multi-platinum albums, Aerosmith also toured heavily by headlining their own shoes and filling up large stadiums and rock festivals all over the world. This went on until the late 1970’s where the band was enjoying their immense success. But at the closing of the decade, the band was beginning to see their popularity slowly fading away.

The Aerosmith opened the 80’s with a number of setbacks, predominantly with their growing drug problems and the weariness of their fast paced touring which continued for the first half of the decade. At the behest of their manager, they decided to clean up their act and started a comeback.

It happened sometime in 1987 with the release of their album "Permanent Vacation" which became their first best selling album in nearly a decade with over five million copies sold in the US alone. This was followed by a string of other highly successful albums that further gave them the stamp as enduring hard rock icons that continued in well into the next decade. Their highly successful world tours have kept them popular even among the new generation of rock fans all over the world.

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