THE FIRST PART OF BIOGRAPHY AND DISCOGRAPHY IN YEARS (1970-1984)
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America’s greatest rock and roll band of all time, AEROSMITH will celebrate 50 years on the music scene in 2020. Another reason to celebrate could be in the year 2021. By then, 50 years will have passed since the guitarist Brad Whitford joined the band, forming their strongest and most stable line-up which has been performing together until today. Without this line-up, even the most enthusiastic of fans could not imagine AEROSMITH: Steven Tyler – vocals, Joe Perry – lead guitar, Brad Whitford – rhythm guitar, Tom Hamilton – bass and Joey Kramer – drums.
If we do believe in the theory that many things in life are determined by destiny, and we can’t change its framework, but we are able to influence and change many things, we will surely agree that there are connections that are meant to happen in advance for various reasons. Undoubtedly, this scenario played a part in the lives of the BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, LED ZEPPELIN, as well as AEROSMITH and many others. I am convinced that if any of these five people left, it could significantly influence the overall direction and development of the band and maybe everything would have been completely different. The proof of this saying is evident in the darker period of the band when Joe Perry left for several years, followed shortly by Brad Whitford. AEROSMITH forms an entity and is also a trademark that works. Individual members may also have their solo projects, but so far, none of them has managed to achieve the effect they have been getting together for decades.
Over a period of five decades, the band members have gone through everything possible to experience in this world, together as well as each of them separately. Ascension alternated with falls, in both career and mutual relationships. Their journey together, in both positive and negative terms, looks like riding on one of the craziest rollercoasters in the world. The overall situation in the band was undoubtedly influenced by the cruelty of the music show business and the greed of managers eager for big and fast profits, as well as the lack of grasp of fame. Sold out concert stadiums and life in luxury hotels alternated with life at rehabs, often in a lot of dramatic circumstances. Many continually question how it is even possible to survive the unimaginable quantity of drugs and alcohol that musicians enjoyed to the fullest, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. They spent much bigger amounts of money on their addiction than an ordinary person would be capable of earning in one human life. Yet the fortunes of fate stood on their side, and they were literally able to rise from the ashes and, as a Phoenix, rise up and shine even more and even further.
AEROSMITH musically cross the boundaries of different genres. The basis from their beginnings are blues rock – hard rock with an overlap into funky, R&B, boogie, pop and, thanks to cooperation with RUN DMC, also rap, but sometimes also classical music. There is a strange working rule in the world. The greater the versatility the artists demonstrate, the more controversy and speculation they attract. If an artist or a band focuses on one particular genre, the group of fans mostly consists of the fans of that particular genre. If the band is not too limited and also dares to go with the times and certainly does not avoid commercial success or the many compromises associated with it, its options are of course diametrically different. As in the case of AEROSMITH, who attract the attention of the audience from the weakest social strata to the most influential and richest personalities on our planet. They get the biggest attention from the women’s audience, and most often, especially in the past, they were surrounded by renowned beautiful models and shining Hollywood stars. This, of course, brings tremendous adoration and respect, but also a lot of hate and condemnation. But no one will deny AEROSMITH their uniqueness and contribution to the world music scene. In their discography, we do not find a single album that would not offer at least two brilliant pieces.
With over 150 million albums sold all over the world, twelve multi-platinum albums, eighteen platinum and twenty-five gold records, they have been inducted into the Rock’n’roll Hall of Fame, won countless awards including four Grammy Awards, twelve MTV Awards, six American Music Awards and four Billboard Awards. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame. In January, AEROSMITH will be honored for their worldwide philanthropic endeavors as they will become personalities of the 2020 MusiCares. Worldwide, they have a huge fan base known as Blue Army.
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