Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.
They are signed to Columbia Records in 1972 and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with 1973 self-titled debut album, then their 1974 album Get Your Wings. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented its status as hard rock superstars. Two additional albums followed in 1977 and 1979. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively, and charted a string Hot 100 singles chart.
By the end of the decade, they were one of the most popular hard rock in the world and developed a loyal fans, often referred to as the "Blue Army". However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; they were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing a lone album, Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but failed to match their previous successes.
Perry and Whitford returned in 1984, and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records. After the return of the tour, the band recorded Done With Mirrors (1985), which received some critical praise, but could not come close to commercial expectations. It was not until the band released 1987 Permanent Vacation, they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in 1970. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump (1989), Get A Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997), and went to his most extensive concert tours to date. The band also became pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and has appeared in television, movies and video games. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock'n'roll history. Additional albums followed in 2001 and 2004. The band toured throughout the 2000s, touring every year except 2008. After 42 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music. Their upcoming album, Music from Another Dimension, is expected to be released November 6, 2012.