Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston" and
"America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band."
Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide,
including 70.2 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold albums
by an American group and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group.
The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits,
four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
1970 - present
The Joe Perry Project, The Jam Band, The Jimmy Crespo Project, Whitford/St. Holmes, The Strangeurs/Chain Reaction
Kramer said when he was in school he would write the word aerosmith all over his notebooks.
The name had popped into his head after listening to Harry Nilsson's album Aerial Ballet, which featured jacket
art of a circus performer jumping out of a biplane.
Initially, the bandmates were confused. They
thought he was referring to the Sinclair Lewis novel they were required to read in high school English class.
"No, not Arrowsmith," Kramer explained. "A-E-R-O...Aerosmith."
The band settled upon this name after also considering "The Hookers" and "Spike Jones."
Steven Tyler - lead vocals, harmonica, piano, percussion
Tom Hamilton - bass
Joey Kramer - drums, percussion
Joe Perry - guitar, backing vocals
Brad Whitford - guitar
Ray Tabano - guitar (1970-1971)
Jimmy Crespo - guitar, backing vocals (1979-1984)
Rick Dufay - guitar (1981-1984)
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton had originally met in Sunapee, New Hampshire in the late 60's
major popularity throughout the 1970's, split from 1979-1984 (drug addiction), regrouped in 1984 and have never looked back
Where They are From:
Tyler was from Yonkers, NY, Perry from Hopedale, MA, and Hamilton from New London, NH
Got Their Start:
When the band Tool took some time off after an extended legal battle with former label Freeworld Entertainment
"Imagine taking off your makeup and nobody knows who you are."
Steven Tyler, Aerosmith's vocalist, on fame
"Steven knew how to keep things tight. We didn't have a clue about discipline, For us the whole thing was about the feel. So we needed each other."
Joe Perry, Aerosmith guitarist, on Steven Tyler
"I guess I am a feminist of sorts. I love women so much, and I celebrate the feminine in me because I appreciate it so much."
"We weren't too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet."
"I heard that your brain stops growing when you start doing drugs. Let's see, I guess that makes me 19."
"Whether it's fine artists, musical artists, or ultra right wing bull shit artists, we all need the right to freedom of expression"
"Younger bands are into jerking off and we're into @#$%&. That's all there is to it!"
"Good night, everyone- and remember- in this world, if you wanna get ahead, you gotta learn to give a little!"
After firing Megadeath as their opening act, Steven Tyler was quoted as saying: "We would like to help you out. Which way did you come in?"
We haven't quite been able to put together the deal for the shuttle -- we want to be the lounge act. Be the first band to play weightless!"
"I just want Aerosmith to always give me a hard-on, that's all I ever ask for, for it to be the most special thing in my life. As long as I look at it through those eyes, it will always be that way."
"You know...sometimes I'll be looking out at the audience and I'll be in the middle of a song, and I'll just stop dead. I'll look out at them, and think what is this... There's one thing that keeps me doing it though, I really love it, I believe in it."
"Our story was basically that we had it all, and we pissed it all away."
"These days it's almost like a lot of kids get into bands because they want to get rich and famous, but when we started this band that wasn't really part of it. I never envisioned what I was doing as part of a career. We weren't even aware of all the stuff that came with it. We just looked at the bands that we idolized - like the Yardbirds - and we were blown away by how they could play. All we wanted to do was play like that, to be a great band like that."
"You know, I definitely enjoy it, to be this close to that kind of insanity every day."
(Joe on writer's block):"I think there was a time when I used to feel that way, but...it's like I'm past caring anymore. I know that it's gonna come out as good as it's gonna come out, and I know from history that people just don't lose it, y'know what I mean?"
"I know that some of the great painters and some of the great artists didn't even start to 'peak', as you say, till they were in their fifties and sixties. And God knows, history is full of artistic people that weren't even recognized till they were dead and gone."
"Steven's got a lot more time to be obsessed with sex now that he's not @#$%& up"
"I think I deserve to ask MTV a question. Do I have any roast Beef in my teeth?, I just ate."
"Steven and Joe had an argument the first night about Joe playing too loud, and so began an Aerosmith tradition."
"I remember when Joe left, he gave an interview that really hurt me. He said, 'Aerosmith is not ready for the Eighties.' That hurt. It hurt because he was right. I though about that on New Year's Eve, when we were playing this great gig at home in Boston. It was my birthday, and I was thinking that Aerosmith is a band ready for the Nineties. We have a future now. For a while we didn't have one. It's one hell of a nice thing to have."
"We never wanted to be a bar band. We were always a concert band."
"If we've handled everything up until now, we can do anything."
"Things were getting more like Sid and Nancy than Spinal Tap. It wasn't funny anymore."
It's to easy to do something different, the challenge is to stay in your own space, and keep it good. That's the hard part
Boston Music Award for Album Of The Year
"Honkin' on Bobo"
Boston Music Award for Album of the Year: "Just Push Play"
Boston Music Award for Video of the Year: "Jaded"
Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
Billboard Music Awards for Artist Achievement Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Song “I Don't Want to Miss a Thing,”
MTV Music Video Award for Rock Video “Pink”
MTV Music Video Award for Video From A Film “I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, ”Armageddon
American Music Award for Favorite Band, Duo or Group (Pop/Rock)
Grammy Award for Rock Duo or Group with
MTV Euorpe Award for Best Rock
Hungarian Music Award
for Rock Album "Get A Grip"
Grammy Award for
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Crazy,”
Hungarian Music Award for Concert
MTV Euorpe Award for Best Rock
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Livin' on the Edge,”
Edison Award (Dutch) for Pop Rock "Get A
Grammy Award for
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal “Janie's Got a Gun,”
Edison Award (Dutch) for Hard Rock "Pump"