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Boston, United States (1970 – present)

Aerosmith is a prominent American band. Three of the members, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton first met in Sunapee, New Hampshire in the late 60’s, but it wasn’t until 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, that the three decided to form a band together. Later they met up with Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (rhythm guitar).

The band enjoyed major popularity throughout the 1970’s, with rock anthems like “Dream On” - but they split from 1979-84 due to serious substance abuse and drug addictions that contributed to their decline. The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia reportedly said they were “the druggiest bunch of guys I’ve ever seen.” Jimmy Crespo replaced Joe Perry during those five years. However, in 1984, chiefly due to the tireless efforts of Joe Perry’s then manager, Tim Collins, to reform the band, Aerosmith was born again. Despite his own client Perry’s insistence that it was unthinkable, Collins succeeded in helping the band resolve old differences and ultimately overcome their addictions. By 1989, the band had completely stopped their drug abuse. They went on to enjoy a resurgence in popularity that has made them one of top-selling and most popular bands in the world today. Their greatest worldwide hit was “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” from the blockbuster-hit movie “Armageddon”.

Part of that renewal came in the form of a 1986 collaboration with Run- D.M.C. on a rock/rap version of Walk This Way. This song also served as an early step in bridging the gap between the rap community and rock and roll.

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