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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1970–present)

This best-selling American heavy rock band, frequently compared to The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, centred on the relationship between principal members Steven Tyler (vocals) and Joe Perry (guitar). The pair came together in Boston, Massachusetts, with Joey Kramer (drums), Brad Whitford (guitar) and Tom Hamilton (bass). Their first album Aerosmith (1973) was an immediate success, paving the way for the multi-platinum Toys In The Attic (1974) and Rocks (1975).

Antagonism between Tyler and Perry led to the latter’s departure in 1980, to be replaced by Jimmy Crespo. Differences were set aside four years later when Perry returned to the fold. The band’s profile was raised by the ground-breaking collaboration with rappers Run DMC on the single ‘Walk This Way’, leading to a triumphant resurgence in Aerosmith’s fortunes with Permanent Vacation (1987), Pump (1989) and Get A Grip (1993). Aerosmith were a key influence on 1990s American hard rock.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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