From 1964 when Steven Tallarico formed Chain Reaction in Sunapee, NH, through the raucous rockin' days of the 70s, when Tallarico became Tyler and Chain Reaction became Aerosmith, this seminal hard rock band which Boston claims as its own has blazed a bright and independent road through the popular music mainstream, and today sits atop the pinnacle reserved for rock's legendary heroes.
Aerosmith began their herky-jerky ride to the top in the clubs of Boston, in 1972 signing to Columbia Records after being spotted at Max's Kansas City in New York by label-head Clive Davis. In January 1973 their self-named debut LP is released, attracting fans and critics alike. Through the 70s the wild ride continues and by 1976 the band is playing to crowds of 80,000 or more. By the end of the decade Aerosmith has acquired gold and platinum albums, and become an international touring band with a ruthless schedule.
In 1979, after seven non-stop years of touring and recording, Joe Perry leaves Aerosmith to pursue a solo career as the Joe Perry Project, and is replaced by Jimmy Crespo.
In 1980, still dogged by internal strife, the line-up changes yet again in 1981 with the departure of Brad Whitford, replaced by Rick Dufay. Steve Tyler spends 1981 recovering from a motorcycle accident, and in 1982 Brad Whitford and Joe Perry get together to play some live shows. In 1984, the band reunites again, and are signed to Geffen Records by A&R superman, John Kalodner.
The later 80s marks a distinct revolution in the rebel-rousing lifestyle of Aerosmith. While not deserting their bad-boy image, as Steven Tyler puts it, "We crawled out from under our problems and got in touch with ourselves." This change in attitude was marked by the release of the enormously successful ninth studio album Permanent Vacation, which went triple platinum.
In 1986 Rick Rubin produced a remake of Walk This Way with Run-DMC, which introduced Aerosmith to a whole new fan base. In rapid succession the band released Dude Looks Like A Lady, Rag Doll, Angel, and re-released 1976's Dream On. Pump, their 10th album went multi-platinum. If there was ever any doubt about the staying power of Aerosmith, those doubts were now permanently removed.
From then on, the band has never looked back and continues to garner industry awards, and guaranteed top selling concerts and million selling recordings. Their latest CD, Honkin' On Bobo, was released in April 2004 and the band will tour this summer.