The early '80s were a rough time for Aerosmith, with Joe Perry leaving the group in 1979 and Brad Whitford following two years later -- and only one new album, the uneven 'Rock in a Hard Place,' released between 1980 and '85. But on Feb. 14, 1984, the seeds for the band's comeback were planted backstage at Boston's Orpheum Theatre.
In our new round of the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, two of the '70s' most popular rock bands square off for the chance to become the 11th artist to win the 100 percent fan-voted battle.
We all know that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler loves the camera, and his stint on 'American Idol' gave us a close-up look at his outrageous personality on full display. But long before he started coming up with humorous and interesting critiques, Tyler was perhaps a little less choosy in how he made it onto television. For instance, check out his 2002 appearance on the Hilary Duff Disney Channel series 'Lizzie McGuire.'
Aerosmith were coming off the peak of their success when they went into the studio for 'Draw the Line.' In the wake of back-to-back classics 'Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks,' the group were positioned to deliver an album that would have cemented their legacy alongside '70s stalwarts like Led Zeppelin. Instead, they turned in an oddly dispirited album that heralded a dramatic reversal of fortunes in their career.
A little more than a year after an October 1977 Aerosmith concert in Philadelphia was cut short when a cherry bomb thrown onstage injured both singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, the group gave the City of Brotherly Love another chance. Their reward? Another trip to the emergency room.
Next year's Download Festival has added its final headlining act. And the announcement should leave rock lovers feeling some sweet emotion.