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Aerosmith Timeline History


  • 1948
  • March 26, 1948: Steven Tyler is born.

    1950
  • June 21, 1950: Joey Kramer is born.
  • September 10, 1950: Joe Perry is born.

    1951
  • December 31, 1951: Tom Hamilton is born.

    1952
  • February 23, 1952: Brad Whitford is born.

    1969
  • Chain Reaction with Steven Tallarico play occasional high profile gigs, opening for The Byrds (the County Center in White Plains,) The Beach Boys (Iona College,) and the last lineup of Yardbirds with Jimmy Page (Staples High School in Connecticut).
  • Chain Reaction and the Jam Band with Joe Perry both play gigs at Sunapee, NH's "The Barn". Tyler witnesses the Jam Band playing Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake"

    1970
  • Aerosmith comes together in Sunapee, New Hampshire, a summer resort.
  • November 6, 1970: Aerosmith perform their first concert at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, MA.

    1971
  • Guitarist Ray Tabano leaves the band to return years later as a member of the crew. Tabano is replaced by Brad Whitford who cut his eye-teeth in rock n' roll at age 16, playing with Teapot Dome, Earth, Inc. and Cymbals of Resistance.

    1972
  • Steven Tallarico changes his name to Steven Tyler.
  • August 5, 1972: Aerosmith lands a $125,000 deal with Columbia, following a show at New York's Max's Kansas City, when Clive Davis saw them play. The song "No Suprize" chronicles this event.

    1973
  • January 13, 1973: Aerosmith’s self-titled debut is released.
  • March 3, 1973: Aerosmith Tour begins.
  • December 15, 1973: Hollywood, CA - ABC Television Studios (American Bandstand)

    1974
  • March 1, 1974: "Get Your Wings" is released.
  • March 9, 1974: Get Your Wings Tour begins.
  • August 16, 1974: Aerosmith appears on the popular late night show - "The Midnight Special".
  • September, 1974: "Train Kept a Rollin"/"Spaced" is released as a single.

    1975
  • March 25, 1975: Toys in the Attic Tour begins.
  • April 3, 1975: "Toys in the Attic" is released.
  • July 19, 1975: Aerosmith hits #36 with “Sweet Emotion”.
  • August, 1975: "Walk this Way"/"Round and Round" is released as a single.
  • November, 1975: "You See Me Cryin"/"Toys in the Attic" is releasd as a single.

    1976
  • February 10, 1976: “Dream On,” from Aerosmith’s debut album, is re-released as a single and reaches #6.
  • April 17, 1976: Rocks Tour begins.
  • May 3, 1976: "Rocks" is released.
  • August 7, 1976: Aerosmith hits #21 with “Last Child”.

    1977
  • June 21, 1977: The Aerosmith Express/Draw the Line Tour begins.
  • December 1, 1977: "Draw the Line" is released.

    1978
  • March 18, 1978: Aerosmith co-headline "California Jam II" with Ted Nugent, the biggest rock festival of the mid to late 70's, and are featured on the double album release of the concert.
  • July 1, 1978: Aerosmith perform at the Texas Jam.
  • September 29, 1978: Live Bootleg Tour begins.
  • September 30, 1978: Aerosmith hits #23 with “Come Together”.
  • October, 1978: Aerosmith make their Hollywood debut with an appearance in Robert Stigwood's "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie as the "Future Villain Band"
  • October 3, 1978: The band bailed out 53 fans arrested for smoking pot at a show in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • November 25, 1978: Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are injured in Philadelphia when a fan tosses a cherry bomb onstage.
  • November, 1978: "Live Bootleg" is released.

    1979
  • April 8, 1979: Night in the Ruts Tour begins.
  • Joe Perry leaves Aerosmith. He is replaced by Jimmy Crespo.
  • November 1, 1979: "Night in the Ruts" is released.

    1980
  • October 3, 1980: Aerosmith’s ‘Greatest Hits’ collection is released. It remains their best-selling album to date, having sold 11 million copies.

    1981
  • Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith. He is replaced by Rick Dufay.

    1982
  • August 1, 1982: "Rock in a Hard Place" is released.
  • November, 1982: Rock in a Hard Place Tour begins.

    1984
  • February 14, 1984: Guitarists-in-exile Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend Aerosmith’s show at Boston’s Orpheum. Afterward, they agree to put the original quintet back together.
  • June 22, 1984: Back in the Saddle Tour begins.

    1985
  • August 23, 1985: Done With Mirrors Tour begins.
  • October 21, 1985: The re-formed Aerosmith releases "Done With Mirrors", the first of four studio albums for their new label, Geffen Records.
  • November 6-7, 1985: Orpheum Theater Boston, MA (shoot of video for "Let The Music Do The Talkin').

    1986
  • April, 1986: "Classics Live" is released.
  • Steven Tyler successfully completes a drug rehabilitation program.
  • September 27, 1986: Run-D.M.C.’s remake of “Walk This Way,” a collaboration with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, enters the Top Forty. It becomes the first big rap-rock crossover hit, reaching #4.

    1987
  • June, 1987: "Classic Live 2" is released.
  • August 18, 1987: "Permanent Vacation" is released.
  • October 16, 1987: Permanent Vacation Tour begins.
  • November 12, 1987: “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” becomes Aerosmith’s first Top Forty hit in nine years.

    1988
  • April 30, 1988: Aerosmith hits #3 with “Angel”.
  • August 20, 1988: Aerosmith hits #17 with “Rag Doll”.
  • September 7, 1988: Universal Amphitheatre Universal City, LA, CA
    (performed "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" at 5th MTV Video Music Awards)
  • November, 1988: "Gems" is released.

    1989
  • September 3, 1989: ‘Pump,’ the cornerstone album of Aerosmith’s post-sobriety renaissance, is released. It yields a bumper crop of hit singles: “Love in an Elevator” (#5), “Janie’s Got a Gun” (#4), “What It Takes” (#9) and “The Other Side” (#22)
  • October 18, 1989: Pump Tour begins.
  • October 28, 1989: Aerosmith hits #5 with “Love In An Elevator”.

    1990
  • January 16, 1990: Howard Stern Show, New York, NY (played Hangman Jury, Angel).
  • February 21, 1990: Aerosmith appear on Saturday Night Live, hosted by Tom Hanks.  They perform "Monkey on my Back" and "Janies Got a Gun".  They also appear on the skit "Wayne's World" (recorded 02-17-90).
  • March 6, 1990: Added to Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • September 18, 1990: The bands performace for MTV's unplugged airs on TV (recorded 08-11-90).

    1991
  • October 1991: it was announced that Aerosmith had re-signed to Geffen Records in a deal worth $30 million.
  • November 19, 1991: ‘Pandora’s Box,’ a three-CD box set retrospective of Aerosmith’s years on Columbia (1973-1982), is released.
  • December 3, 1991: Aerosmith performs "Dream On" for the MTV10 (10th Anniversary of MTV).
  • Aerosmith appear on "The Simpsons"- in the episode "Flaming Moe's".

    1992
  • January 6, 1992: - Joe and Steven make a special guest appearance with Guns 'N' Roses in Paris, France.
  • May 20, 1992:  Aerosmith donated $10,000 to support a controversial art exhibition at M.I.T. The National Endowment for the Arts denied funding for the exhibit the week before, claiming some of the graphic images were offensive.
  • June 5, 1992: Aerosmith hits #18 with “Livin' on the Edge”.

    1993
  • April 20, 1993: ‘Get a Grip,’ Aerosmith’s 11th studio album, debuts at #1. It goes on to sell 7 million copies in the U.S. and more than 10 million worldwide.
  • June 2, 1993: Get a Grip tour begins.
  • October 8, 1993: Aerosmith hits #12 with “Cryin’”.
  • October 9, 1993: Saturday Night Live appearance.
  • October 26, 1993: MTV's "Most Wanted", MTV Studios, London.

    1994
  • March 3, 1994: Appearance on the David Letterman Show.
  • July 30, 1994: Aerosmith hits #17 with “Crazy”.
  • August 13, 1994: Aerosmith perform at Woodstock.
  • September 8, 1994: The 11th Annual “MTV Video Music Awards” airs live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall, after an eight-year absence from the Big Apple. Rosanne is the host and Aerosmith wins three awards, including “Video of the Year” for “Cryin’”. They also perform "Walk this Way".
  • November, 1994: "Big Ones" is released.
  • Aerosmith opens up the Mama Kin Music Hall in Boston, MA.
  • November 24, 1994: MTV Europe 1st Music Awards Berlin, Germany.

    1995
  • Aerosmith changed manager as well as record label as they went back to their old label, Columbia records.
  • "Box of Fire" is released.

    1997
  • March 18, 1997: "Nine Lives" is released (debut's at Number 1).
  • March 22, 1997: MTV Spring Break Special - "FIL" "Nine Lives" "Walk This Way".
  • May 8, 1997: The Nine Lives Tour begins.
  • August 7, 1997: They appear on the David Letterman TV Show performing Pink.
  • November 6, 1997: They perform on the MTV European Music Video Awards (Pink, Falling in Love is Hard on the Knees).
  • December 7, 1997: Perfomance of Pink at the Hard Rock Cafe (Billboard Awards).

    1998
  • January 26, 1998: American Music Awards, Aerosmith wins Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group.
  • March 7, 1998: Aerosmith hits #29 with “Pink”.
  • April 29, 1998: USA dates in May/June 1998 and the European Tour 1998 were cancelled after Steven Tyler suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury after dropping the microphone stand on his knee during "Mama Kin" at Sullivan Arena Anchorage, AK.
  • September 5, 1998: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” from the soundtrack to the film Armageddon, becomes Aerosmith’s first #1 hit. It holds down the top spot for a full month.
  • October 20, 1998: "A Little South of Sanity" is released.

    1999
  • The RocknRoller Coaster (featuring Aerosmith) is constructed at MGM Studios in Orlando FL.
  • April 22, 1999: Boston Music Awards: Best Video: I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, Best Male Vocalist: Steven Tyler.
  • September 9, 1999: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appear on MTV Music Video Awards as guests with Kid Rock and Run DMC performing "Walk This Way".
  • December 29, 1999: Roar of the Dragon Tour beings.

    2001
  • January 28, 2001: Aerosmith peform at the Super Bowl.
  • March 6, 2001: "Just Push Play" is released (debut's at number 2).
    March 17, 2001: (St. Patrick's Day), Aerosmith appears for the 4th time on Saturday Night Live.
  • March 19, 2001: They are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Kid Rock (perform Sweet Emotion).
  • May 28, 2001: Steven Tyler performs the National Anthem @ The Indianapolis 500, receives some criticism for changing the words to the last line of the song.
  • June 6, 2001: Just Push Play Tour begins (airing on VH1 in Hartford CT).
  • November 20, 2001: "Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology" is released.

    2002
  • VH1 airs the Aerosmith version of "Behind the Music".
  • July 2, 2002: "OYeah: Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" is released.
  • August 13, 2002: Girls of Summer Tour begins.

    2003
  • March 10, 2003: Steven Tyler inducts AC/DC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • August 2, 2003Rockimus Maximus Tour (co-headline with KISS) begins.
  • September 4, 2003: Aerosmith perform "Back in the Saddle", "Walk This Way", and "Dream On" for NFL Kickoff live

    2004
  • March 11, 2004: Honkin on Bobo Tour begins.
  • March 30, 2004: "Honkin on Bobo" is released.

    2005
  • Aerosmith appear in the movie "Be Cool".
  • June 3, 2005: Steven Tyler receives Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Massachusetts for his community activism
  • October 25, 2005: "Rockin the Joint" is released.
  • October 30, 2005: Rockin the Joint Tour begins.

    2006
  • March 22, 2006: It is announced that Steven Tyler will have throat surgery ending the Rockin the Joint Tour.
  • July 4, 2006: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
  • August 24, 2006: It is announced that Tom Hamilton will undergo treatment for throat cancer.
  • September 5, 2006: Route of All Evil Tour begins.
  • October 17, 2006: "Devils Got a New Disguise" is released.

    2007
  • April 12, 2007: Aerosmith's World Tour begins.

    2008
  • June 29, 2008: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Edition is released.

    2009
  • August 5, 2009: Steven Tyler falls off the stage at a concert in Sturgis, South Dakota

    2012
  • March 11, 2012: Aerosmith appear on 60 minutes (on CBS)
  • November 5, 2012: Aerosmith perform a free concert outside their first residence as a band on Commonwealth Ave in Boston, MA
  • November 6, 2012: Music From Another Dimension is released.  Aerosmith's first album of all new material in 11 years.

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