Despite where your loyalties may lie as a fan, we all concede that there are a handful of bands that are true rock legends and Aerosmith is definitely up there among them. Created in the ’70s in Boston, MA, USA, the “Bad Boys from Boston”, as they are sometimes called, managed to catapult to superstar status by giving us rock gems like Cryin’, Crazy and the timeless classic ballad I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.
Now, founding member Joe Perry says he wants Aerosmith to join forces again and record new material, so could this be what die-hard fans have been long waiting for?
Joe Perry has been with the band from day one – he is the original guitarist and, along with bassist Tom Hamilton, he discovered lead singer Steven Tyler, who would eventually lend the band his unique signature vocal abilities. The band have been quite busy lately after yet another period of insane rock tours: they are expected to hit the road again towards the end of 2018 and stay on tour until 2020, which will mark 50 years since Aerosmith were formed in 1970.
Perry himself has also been keeping busy, as he just released his solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, featuring a collaboration with David Johansen of New York Dolls. Steven Tyler has also been focusing on his solo career lately and he released his first country-rock solo album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, in 2016.
Yet if the band did get together to record a new album, this would be their sixteenth to date, after the 2012 Music from Another Dimension! The possibility has certainly been discussed before, as both Tyler and guitarist Brad Whitford have hinted that they are open to the prospect. And why shouldn’t they? Aerosmith is among those rare bands that have kept their original lineup like The Rolling Stones did, and everything they’ve touched seems to turn into gold. They are among the most successful rock bands of all time, having sold 150 million albums over the globe, and hold 25 gold albums, 18 platinum, 12 multi-platinum and 1 diamond, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Aerosmith’s Legendary Legacy
No wonder that the band managed to make its way into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001; by that year, Aerosmith had already won an accolade of awards and honours including: 4 Grammys, 6 Billboard Music Awards, 8 American Music Awards, 2 People’s Choice Awards, 12 MTV Video Awards. They have also performed at two Super Bowls, with a combined viewership of almost 2 billion people and delivered iconic concerts like the 1978 Texxas Jam (which gave us the homonymous live VHS video) in front of an audience of roughly 80,000 fans, and the 1978 CAL Jam before a crowd of more than 350,000 people. Their 1994 single Deuces Are Wild (a reference to the popular video poker card) even made it to Betway Insider’s list of Top 10 casino-themed pop songs while their massive hit I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, which featured on 1998 sci-fi blockbuster Armageddon, got an Academy Award nod for in the Best Song category. Unsurprisingly, the song also hit the No. 1 spot of pop hits at the time. And in perhaps one of the most flattering firsts of all time for a rock band, they appeared as their cartoon selves on The Simpsons in a 1991 episode and became the first band to perform in Moe’s Tavern!
Aerosmith proved early on that they were destined for greatness. They were signed by Columbia Records in 1972, just two years after they were formed, before moving on to Geffen Records in 1984, after some internal conflicts were resolved between band leaders Tyler and Perry.
Interestingly, some of the biggest moments in Aerosmith’s career have come through unlikely collaborations when they partnered up with Run-D.M.C. in 1986 to remake their iconic 1975 hit Walk This Way, they created one of the most legendary moments in music history, blurring the boundaries between rock and hip-hop when it was still unexpected to do so. The single skyrocketed to No. 4 on the pop charts – higher than Aerosmith’s original, which had managed to climb all the way up to No. 10.
And who can forget Eminem’s impeccable sampling of Dream On for his 2002 hit song Sing for the Moment?It is perhaps precisely tributes like this that attest to Aerosmith’s overreaching and timeless legacy that manages to cross genre and audience boundaries with ease and move the masses. They have managed to make lists like the 100 Greatest Artists on The Rolling Stone countless times, yet it is the love of their fans and the fact that almost 50 years later people get excited when they announce new tours or when they suggest they might be recording new stuff that truly speaks to the band’s greatness.