Back when people first started paying attention to Aerosmith in the mid ‘70s, they were called the American version of the Rolling Stones -- which really wasn’t fair to either group (even if Joe Perry and Steven Tyler’s working relationship resembled the Stones’ creative team). By the time they released their third album, 1975’s ‘Toys in the Attic,’ the Boston-bred band was rocking a style distilled from the same blues sources the Stones grabbed their inspiration from but with a decidedly ‘70s and American swagger. After following ‘Attic’ with the barnstorming ‘Rocks,’ Aerosmith fell into a decade-long haze of drugs, despair and lackluster records. But the original group cleaned up and reunited in the mid ‘80s and staged one of rock’s greatest comebacks. They released a string of Top 10 albums, including 1989’s multiplatinum-selling ‘Pump,’ which sealed their legendary status for generations to come.
How Aerosmith Got Their Wings Back on 'Done With Mirrors'
This album marked the long-awaited return of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
Joe Perry on Hearing Van Halen: 'We’re Not Ready for the '80s'
Younger band triggered his departure from Aerosmith in search of new musical ideas.
45 Years Ago: Aerosmith Bails Out Fans After a Concert Pot Bust
Cops invaded a show in Fort Wayne, Ind., arresting dozens of kids for possession.
Aerosmith Postpones 'Peace Out' Farewell Tour Until 2024
More delays follow after Steven Tyler suffers a fractured larynx.
Joey Kramer's Replacement Was 'Not Prepared' for Aerosmith Debut
John Douglas admits his first show with the band could have been an "epic disaster."
45 Years Ago: 'Live! Bootleg' Presents Aerosmith Unvarnished
It was a hot mess but also perhaps the most authentic concert release of the period.
Papa Roach Frontman Admits Aerosmith Cover 'Just Wasn’t Good'
Jacoby Shaddix says his band "hacked [their] way" through "Sweet Emotion."
Vocal Cord Damage Forces Aerosmith Off the Road for 30 Days
Steven Tyler is under strict doctor's orders not to sing for a month.