Formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970, "Aerosmith" has been called "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band," as well as the somewhat more infamous "Bad Boys From Boston." Guitarist Joe Perry and bass player Tom Hamilton, who were in a band together called the "Jam Band," met singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and founded "Aerosmith." Tabano was later replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band started to enjoy success in the Boston area.
The group was signed to Columbia Records in 1972 and soon released a string of multi-platinum records, starting with their 1973 debut album. During 1975, they broke into the mainstream scene with the hit album Toys in the Attic. Their 1976 album Rocks confirmed their status as true hard rock superstars. By the end of the 1970s, they enjoyed enormous success as one of the most popular hard rock acts in the world. Eventually, drug addiction and internal conflicts began to strain relations within the group. Perry left the group in 1979 and Whitford left during 1981. Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay were selected as replacements. The band didn't enjoy their previous success between 1980 and 1984, releasing only one album, Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but did not match their previous successes.
Perry and Whitford returned to the fold in 1984 and "Aerosmith" signed a new deal with Geffen Records, but until the band sobered up and released Permanent Vacation in 1987 that they were able to attain the level of success they had enjoyed in the 1970s. Their triumphant comeback has been recognized as one of the most extraordinary in rock history. Even after 39 years, the band continues to tour and record music today.