Booking Agent Aerosmith
The Aerosmith saga began at the dawn of that decade in Sunapee, New Hampshire, a summer resort town. Steve Tyler (born Steven Tallarico), late of the bands Chain Reaction and William Proud, hooked up with guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, formerly of the Jam Band. Drummer Joey Kramer and guitarist Brad Whitford rounded out the lineup. They called themselves Aerosmith, an “imaginary band name” dreamed up and doodled on notebooks by Kramer in high school.
Aerosmith drew upon rock and roll tradition, evincing blues-based British Invasion influences. Yet they were flashier and more hard-hitting than their precursors, helping to draft a new blueprint for rock music in the brave new world of the Seventies. The liner notes to their self-titled debut album, released in 1973, describe them as “third-generation rockers with a desire to create something new.” Aerosmith contained unpolished hard-rock, with possibly rock’s first power ballad, “Dream On.” They followed with their most solid effort of the decade, including the riff-driven classics “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion” (Aerosmith’s first Top 40 hit), and the driving title track.
Turning more towards power ballads without abandoning their hard-rocking base, Aerosmith conquered the music and video charts with such songs as “Angel,” “Love On an Elevator,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “Cryin’” and “Crazy” (which was voted the #1 All-Time Favorite Video by MTV viewers in 1994). In 1998, they scaled another career milestone when “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” became their first #1 single.
Aerosmith released its 13th studio album, Just Push Play, in the spring of 2001. It came on the heels of a halftime Superbowl performance that found them joined by – and yielding no quarter to – youthful upstarts Britney Spears, N’Sync, Mary J. Blige and Nelly. Meanwhile, their canon of great music and reputation as an unbeatable live act continues to grow. In 2004, the group released a blues album entitled Honkin’ on Bobo. The following year, Aerosmith issued a CD/DVD entitled Rockin’ the Joint. Then, in 2012 the band came out with the long awaited album Music from Another Dimension and hit the road for the Global Warming tour.
Aerosmith remains one of the most successful and influential American rock and roll bands. The group has sold more than 150 million albums, has scored nine Number One hits and has won four Grammys and 10 MTV Video Music Awards. Perhaps most notably, the same five musicians who came together as Aerosmith in 1970 are still together more than 40 years later, as their train keeps a-rolling with no end in sight.
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