|Thomas William Hamilton (born December 31, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American musician, best known as the bassist of the
band Aerosmith. He began playing guitar at the age of twelve, then switched to bass because the only local band needed a bassist. He
co-wrote three of Aerosmith's hits, "Sweet Emotion" (perhaps most noted for the bass line), "Janie's Got a Gun and "Jaded." He plays rhythm
guitar on another song he co-wrote, "Sick as a Dog" and also co-wrote "Uncle Salty" from Toys in the Attic.
According to Aerosmith.com, Hamilton's favorite song by the band is "The Farm" (from the 1997 album Nine Lives). He married Terry Cohen in
1975 and they have two children. Hamilton was the last member of the band to come clean of his drug addictions and smoked marijuana up
to the recording of Permanent Vacation.In August 2006, he announced that he was diagnosed with throat cancer and completed a
seven-week course of radiation and chemotherapy. He was forced to miss Aerosmith's Route of All Evil Tour. David Hull (who has played in
The Joe Perry Project) filled in for Hamilton. Hamilton had never previously missed an Aerosmith show. He joined the band for the
performance of "Sweet Emotion" at their Boston show in September 2006, and at the private show at the Beacon Theatre in New York, on
December 3, 2006, where he reclaimed his place with the band for the entire performance.
Hamilton is the tallest member of the band at 6'1". He is also the "funny one" of Aerosmith, always looking for chances to make jokes in
interviews and also being one of the bigger talkers at interviews.