|Aerosmith is a prominent American hard rock band, regarded by some as "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
Although they are known as "the bad boys from Boston", none of the band's members are actually from that city. Three of them, Steven Tyler, Joe
Perry, and Tom Hamilton, had originally met in Sunapee, New Hampshire in the late '60s, but had not yet formed a band together. Tyler was from
Yonkers, New York, Perry from Hopedale, Massachusetts, and Hamilton from New London, New Hampshire. In 1970, the three decided to form a band
and decided that Boston, Massachusetts would be the ideal base.
Guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer rounded out the lineup, and the band released their eponymous debut album in 1973. The band
created a string of ground-breaking hard-rock albums and enjoyed major popularity throughout the 1970s, but their serious substance abuse and drug
addictions contributed to their decline. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left the group, and the period from 1979-1984 was a dark one for the band, which
carried on with replacements. However, in 1984, chiefly due to the tireless efforts of Joe Perry's then manager, Tim Collins, to reform the original
band, Aerosmith was born again. Collins succeeded in helping the band resolve old differences and ultimately overcome their addictions. Since then,
Aerosmith have remained sober for over 20 years, and have achieved a level of sustained success that has well eclipsed their 1970s heyday.
Aerosmith, who have been performing as the original lineup for 32 of the past 37 years, have sold 150 million albums worldwide, 65.5 million albums
in the United States alone, making them the bestselling American hard rock band of all time. They also hold the record for the most gold, platinum,
and multi-platinum albums by an American group.] The band has scored 28 Top 40 hits on multiple charts around the world, nine #1 Mainstream
Rock hits, four Grammy awards, and ten Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. They continue to tour
and average one million dollars a show. Their musical evolution over the years has made them major innovators in American hard rock, pop, glam,
blues, and rap, and has inspired legions of rock artists that came after them. Their numerous contributions to other forms of media have further
solidified their status as pop culture icons. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Aerosmith #57 on their list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The
band has a loyal fanbase numbering over a million worldwide, known as the Blue Army, that has equally spanned the last three generations.
Aerosmith's longevity, durability, and adaptability have allowed them to sustain high levels of popularity, acclaim, and success for the better part of
the 37 years they have been active.