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.
30 Years Ago: Aerosmith Duet With Bartender Moe on ‘The Simpsons’
They initially declined the invitation, but a promise of free pickled eggs coaxed the group on the stage.
Aerosmith Share Early 'Movin' Out' Recording From 1971
Song appears on '1971: The Road Starts Hear' Record Store Day release.
Aerosmith's '1971: The Road Starts Hear' Leads Black Friday RSD
Material from Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, Hall & Oates, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest will also be among the releases.
45 Years Ago: Aerosmith Get Vulnerable With 'Home Tonight'
Band released heartrending 'Rocks' single on Aug. 27, 1976.
When Joe Perry Realized Prince Was 'Really a Guitar Player'
The Aerosmith star wasn't fully aware of Prince's talent for several years.
Joe Perry Revisits His Guitar Roots: Exclusive Interview
Aerosmith vet discusses abiding passion for Jimmy Page, Van Halen and Link Wray, among others.
How Close Did Sammy Hagar Really Come to Joining Aerosmith?
Singer says he got invite — but Joe Perry doesn't remember extending it.
Brad Whitford 'Doubts' Aerosmith Will Tour Soon – or Ever Again
"It's a pipe dream right now," the guitarist said.