Hard Rock Masters: Aerosmith

Posted: September 2, 2013 in Heavy Metal, Rock Music
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To be honest, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to Aerosmith in my early listening days.  I have yet to catch them in concert.  But times and tastes change and I’ve listened to more Aerosmith in the past four years than I had in the previous twenty.  Go figure.

Formed in Boston around 1970, the band earned the nicknames “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.  Firmly rooted in blues-based rock, they also bring some tastes of pop, heavy metal, and R&B. Guitarist Joe Perry and bass player Tom Hamilton, were in a group called the Jam Band, and they met Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and Aerosmith took flight.

Signed to Columbia they released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 debut album.


Drug addiction and internal fighting resulted in Perry (1979)  and Whitford (1981) leaving the group.  They were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay but the magic was gone.  They released one album “Rock in a Hard Place”, which went gold but it just wasn’t a match for the earlier success. Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the band took off, even bigger, once again.

Throughout the late ’80s and ’90s, the band hit their biggest success with the albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997), and embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date.


Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time.  They’ve sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including over 66 million albums in the U.S. alone. They hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

  1.  “Walk This Way”
  2. “Big Ten Inch (Record)”
  3. “Sweet Emotion”
  4. “Fly Away From Here”
  5. “Jaded”
  6. “Janie’s Got A Gun”









  1. mikeladano says:

    I didn’t realize they are the biggest selling American band of all time! It makes sense, I just didn’t know that. Cool.


    • Tim Brosnan says:

      I read that and, to be honest, I’m not 100% convinced I believe it. If asked to guess I would have said The Beach Boys but the global markets today are so huge I can easily see Aerosmith selling more records globally.


  2. Nice piece, Tim (as usual).

    You omit to mention ‘Permanent Vacation’ which preceded ‘Pump’ and which turned me, and many a British rock fan, on to the band. It was the first album they recorded ‘straight’, I believe – and it’s all the better for it. (It’s referenced on one of the later ballads: “That one last shot’s a permanent vacation”.) Great colour, great variety, still love it!

    All the best!



  3. Aerosmith passed me by too – and so does Rap ( it’s a generational thing, I guess) but you can’t beat a great riff !


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