Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Secret to Livin' on the Edge

How does a group of punk-rock kids from Boston become the legendary rock stars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees known as Aerosmith? Change with the times. 

Aerosmith is one of the most widely known rock bands of the 80s and still astonishingly popular today. Merchandise printed with red wings and guitars are sold in virtually any retail store, the classic logo recognized by all. Though established as a band in the early 70s with their debut album released in 1973 (featuring popular hit "Dream On"), Aerosmith continued to release albums well into the 90s. The rockers continue their legacy through the many concerts and events they currently offer for their millions of fans and followers. 

Beginning as a hard-rock band in the 70s, Aerosmith proceeded to evolve its music style in accordance with their fans and popular music uprising. The band's slightly different new style is evident in their songs, which differ over the span of the two decades. Sticking true to their classic rock roots, the rockers persisted with their distinct style into the early 90s and continue to perform for live audiences filled with fans of all ages. Simply 'Amazing'. 

Janie's Got a Timeline

1970 Aerosmith is formed, composing of members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer (relax, Seinfeld fans - not related)
1972 Begins recording with Columbia Records
1973 Debut album is released, featuring hit single of 1976 "Dream On"
1975 Toys in the Attic album released, featuring top hit "Walk This Way"
1978 Aerosmith makes the daring move to recreate The Beatles' "Come Together" with success. It is a hit on the charts. 
1979 Joe Perry and Brad Whitford abandon Aerosmith for individual endeavors
1980 Greatest Hits album released
1985 Aerosmith reunites; sign contract with Geffen Records
1986 In accordance with Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, Run DMC releases a remake of "Walk This Way", blending rap with rock; Steven Tyler wraps up the final stages of his drug rehabilitation program
1987 Permanent Vacation album released, featuring "Dude" and "Rag Doll"
1989 Pump album released, featuring "Love in an Elevator" and "Janie's Got a Gun"
1993 Get a Grip album released, featuring "Livin' on the Edge", "Cryin'", and "Amazing"
1994 Big Ones album released; includes another set of greatest hits
1995 Aerosmith re-signs with Columbia Records
1999 Rock n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios is built, featuring the band's history and music
2001 Live Superbowl performance in Tampa Bay, FL; Aerosmith is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (museum located in Cleveland, Ohio)
2008 Special Aerosmith edition of Guitar Hero (video game) is released

The pictures below showcase items on display - behind glass - inside the waiting area for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (featuring Aerosmith) at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The waiting areas for this ride are equally as awesome as the ride itself. :)
Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar
Microphones through the years
Disc Cutter

Mix Console (1920s/30s)
Signed picture of Aerosmith posing in front of the iconic red electric guitar facade of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios. This picture (of a picture) was taken in the hallway leading out of the merchandise store by the ride.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith entrance at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Aerosmith tends to use quite a bit of foul language and profanity during concerts and in music videos... no video this week. Sorry.


  1. I love your theme, content and blog all together!

  2. At the beginning,I'm very apologize that I do not know this band before I read your article,but now I am attracted by this legendary rock star after reading your article, because I am also very like the rock band, the next time can you introduce the Beatles to us.

    1. Don't be sorry, Qiuling, the purpose of the blog is to teach you about these bands - I am so glad you enjoyed it. :) I actually dedicated my intro post to the Beatles, because they were the inspiration for the title of the blog, so feel free to scroll down to the bottom to read about them. :)