Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band. Three of the members, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton had originally met in Sunapee, New Hampshire in the late 60’s, but had not yet formed a band together. In 1970, the three decided they would form a band together, and that Boston, Massachusetts would be the place to do it. Later they met up with Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (rhythm guitar).
The band enjoyed major popularity throughout the 1970’s, with rock anthems like “Dream On” – but they split from 1979-84 due to serious substance abuse and drug addictions that contributed to their decline. The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia reportedly said they were “the druggiest bunch of guys I’ve ever seen.” Jimmy Crespo replaced Joe Perry during those five years. However, in 1984, chiefly due to the tireless efforts of Joe Perry’s then manager, Tim Collins, to reform the band, Aerosmith was born again. Despite his own client Perry’s insistence that it was unthinkable, Collins succeeded in helping the band resolve old differences and ultimately overcome their addictions. By 1989, the band had completely stopped their drug abuse. They went on to enjoy a resurgence in popularity that has made them one of top-selling and most popular rock bands in the world today. Their greatest worldwide hit was “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” from the blockbuster-hit movie “Armageddon”.
Part of that renewal came in the form of a 1986 collaboration with Run- D.M.C. on a rock/rap version of Walk This Way. This song also served as an early step in bridging the gap between the rap community and rock and roll.
They have even infiltrated Disney Theme Parks in the U.S. and other countries with their own thrill ride ‘Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster featuring Aerosmith’. Continuing the ubiquitous marketing plan, they are also featured in their own version of the popular “Guitar Hero” video game.
In 2010, the band suffered a setback, and an on-again, off-again break-up following an on-stage accident in which Steven Tyler broke his collarbone, but by mid-year, European tourdates were announced and the band went on.
On January 20, 2010, Perry confirmed the band were about to audition for a new singer to replace Tyler. Perry said that Tyler’s surgery to his legs would “take him out of the picture” for up to a year and a half, and in the meantime, the rest of the band wanted to continue performing. Perry also said that the band would be willing to continue working with Tyler in the future if the singer wanted to. In response, Tyler’s attorney sent the band and its manager a “cease and desist” letter and threatened further legal action against both if the band did not discontinue this effort to replace Tyler.
On February 15, 2010, it was announced that Aerosmith were to headline Download Festival at Donington Park, England in June 2010. Steven Tyler was confirmed as the frontman for the show by festival promoter Andy Copping. It was also announced that the band would precede the June 13 date with an appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10 in Sölvesborg. During the Donington show, Perry celebrated Tyler’s position as frontman, dubbing him “the best frontman in rock and roll”. On February 24, the band announced the first batch of dates for their upcoming Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour. The tour saw the band play seven dates in South and Central America in May, followed by eleven dates in Europe, in June and early July. The band performed in Colombia, Peru and Greece for the first time in their careers on this tour. The band also performed 24 concerts in North America in late July, August, and September. Many of the concerts were in locations the band canceled on in 2009. As part of the tour, the band played Fenway Park in Boston with fellow Bostonians the J. Geils Band.
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told the Boston Herald in September 2010 that Tyler believes he has the time and energy to continue fronting the band while also being a judge on American Idol. Hamilton explained, “Steven’s been very emphatic in saying that the way his time is arranged on the show leaves room to work on a record. He’s been taking great pains to remind everybody of that, so hopefully that’s the way it will come out.”
In a November 2010 interview reported at NME.com, drummer Joey Kramer confirmed that the band had every intention to finish and release their long-delayed album in 2011, stating, “Really, at this point in time, the only thing that’s going to stop us is if someone out-and-out dies. Other than that, we’ve already been through what we’ve been through and stood the test of time. What else is there?” On January 18, 2011, Tyler declared that “Joe (Perry) has got some licks and I’ve got a bunch of songs that I’ve written for solo and/or Aerosmith” and the band would start prepping the album that week.
On March 20, 2011, Aerosmith announced a new greatest hits album, Tough Love: Best Of The Ballads, to be released on May 10, 2011. On May 14, 2011, the band announced a Latin American tour to begin on October 22 in Lima, Peru. In June, Joe Perry announced that the band is going to meet at the recording studio to produce the next album of the band in July.