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.
When Aerosmith's Self-Titled Debut Arrived With a Whimper
"If the release of a record is the birth of a band, ours was a stillbirth," Joe Perry lamented.
Steven Tyler Linked to Sexual Assault of a Minor Lawsuit
Singer's named isn't listed among 50 accused, but details match well-known events in his life.
40 Years Ago: Aerosmith’s Reworked Lineup Ends on 'Bitch's Brew'
Without classic members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, the band lost much of its bite.
Aerosmith Cancels Final Vegas Shows Due to Steven Tyler’s Health
Rocker is resting on the advice of his doctor.
25 Years Ago: How Aerosmith Endured Multiple Hells to Make 'Pink'
Innuendo-heavy 'Nine Lives' single earned band its fourth Grammy.
How Aerosmith Re-entered Orbit on 'Music From Another Dimension!'
Belabored album showed dichotomy between band's hard-rocking past and clean, corporate present.
Steven Tyler Joins Eminem Onstage During Rock Hall Induction
Duo performed "Sing for the Moment," which famously sampled Aerosmith's "Dream On."
When Aerosmith Fired a Powerful Parting Shot With 'Draw the Line'
Instant-classic title track arrived just before the band's perilous downward spiral.
How Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Influenced Daniel Lanois
Producer also recalls work with Bob Dylan, U2 and Brian Eno in a new interview.