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.
Why Run-D.M.C. Believed 'Walk This Way' Would End Their Career
Instead, the 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith taught rapper Darryl McDaniels a valuable lesson.
Why Michael Schenker Demanded a Private Jet From Ozzy Osbourne
Guitarist recalls his deliberately outrageous demand in 1982, after his plan to join Aerosmith fell foul of a misunderstanding in 1979.
How Desmond Child ‘Hustled’ Aerosmith to Record His Songs
Hit writer pulled a sneaky trick when two tracks were going to be left off ‘Nine Lives.’
Why Aerosmith’s ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ Was Ahead of Its Time
Co-writer Desmond Child told Tyler and Perry: “I don't think Van Halen would put that on the B side of their worst record!”
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.