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Aerosmith are possibly the definitive US rock'n'roll band still playing today. Their career statistics are truly incredible, from the fact that they have sold over 100 million albums across the world to the fact that they have won countless leading music awards. With their diehard fans, they are still going strong after 30 years. Their sound still remains relevant and creatively strong, and many believe that their accomplishments as a band have set the standard for both commercial and artistic achievement within the music business. Certainly they have stood the test of time, but they have also defeated their own demons, including brushes with substance abuse.
The band started in 1969, in New Hampshire, USA. Singer and drummer Steve Tyler checked out a local band called The Jam Band, with Tom Hamilton and Joe Perry. Although he was currently in another band, Tyler decided then that his future lay with this creative duo, citing their incredible energy and his classic influences. Tyler's friend Joey Kramer was brought in on drums, followed by Brad Whitford on guitar, and Aerosmith was born. Their first album - Aerosmith - was released in 1973, with Dream On as the album's single release. The band toured widely, supporting other bands such as The Kinks. Their second album was Get Your Wings in 1974, which spent 86 weeks in the charts. Their watershed release was Toys In The Attic, a breakthrough that would sell millions. This was followed by Rocks in 1976 and the hits came rapidly, including Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion and Last Child.
By 1985 they had signed to Geffen and collaborated with Run DMC to remake Walk This Way — an instant hit. Their release of Permanent Vacation in 1987 brought hits such as Rag Doll and Dude Looks Like a Lady. The next mega-hit was Pump in 1989, and in the nineties Get a Grip sold 13 million copies, with Nine Lives in 1997 spawning Falling in Love Is Hard on the Knees and Pink.
The band have played sell-out tours all around the world, including Europe, Japan, Australia, North America, Israel and South America. They have toured the globe over 30 times. I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing was their first No. 1 hit at the end of the nineties, and the band joined the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. At this point they had won over 55 top musical awards and were voted as MTV Icons.