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PEOPLE Aerosmith

PEOPLE Aerosmith

PEOPLE Aerosmith

At a time when all the best rock-n-roll was thought to be British, with the Beatles and the Stones dominating the airwaves and charts, a distinctly American rock band emerged out of Boston. Now, in honor of their 50th anniversary, this special edition celebrates that iconic rock band: Aerosmith. Revisit their best moments from their 70s glory days, their wild ways of the 80s & 90s, and their growth into elder statesmen of rock for the 21st century. Of course, this includes discussion of their greatest hit songs and best music videos. Plus, enjoy new interviews with the band's frontman, Steven Tyler; guitar hero Joe Perry; plus, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joe Kramer as they look back on their half a century of worldwide rock success. This special edition is packed with photos, including exclusives from the stage and behind the scenes of their Las Vegas residency. Go ahead, Dream On!

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Meredith Corporation
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3 min.
winged victory

IN 1970 BRITS ruled U.S. rock radio: Let It Bleed from the Stones, Led Zeppelin III, not to mention Let It Be plus four ex-Beatles’ solo albums. But in a shared Boston apartment, five guys, some still in their teens, were concocting a uniquely American rock style. They called themselves Aerosmith—born of the drummer’s obsession with the Harry Nilsson album Aerial Ballet. They wrote songs about their dreams and a plan to “Make It.” A record deal followed, as did fans—lots of fans. “There was just nothing cooler than Aerosmith coming out of America at that point,” Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash later wrote in Rolling Stone. Aerosmith, Billboard said when the band turned 25, “delivered on their promise: to make music that strikes the listener in the heart, feet,…

2 min.
let the music do the talking

‘I HAD A GREAT LIFE IN THE WOODS WITH MY SLINGSHOT AND BB GUN.… OF COURSE NOBODY BELIEVES ME WHEN I SAY, “YOU KNOW I’M JUST A COUNTRY BOY”’—STEVEN TYLER‘[TODAY] WE’RE JUST THE SAME GARAGE BAND WE WERE WHEN WE WERE PUTTING IT TOGETHER IN OUR 20S’—JOE PERRY‘YOU HAVE TO BE SERIOUS TO MAKE SURE IT’S AS GOOD AS IT CAN BE, BUT FOR ME, MAKING RECORDS WAS JUST A BLAST’—TOM HAMILTONWHEN YOU’RE 13 YEARS OLD, WATCHING THE BEATLES ON TV AND [THINKING] “DAMN, THAT’S A GREAT THING. HOW DO THEY DO THAT?”’—BRAD WHITFORD…

6 min.
dream until your dreams come true

IT BEGAN, AS STORIED MARRIAGES HAVE, with a summer encounter. In 1969, in the lake resort town of Sunapee, N.H., Steven Tallarico, a local legend who had sung in five failed bands by age 21, was mowing his parents’ lawn. “When he came driving by, it was out of a movie,” says Steven Tyler (who dropped his given surname, Tallarico, in 1972). “He” was Joe Perry, 18, a fellow seasonal resident. Joe invited Steven to see him play guitar in the Jam Band, the bar act at the Barn, which featured Tom Hamilton, 17, on bass. “They couldn’t sing, they couldn’t tune their instruments, they were sloppy, and they just sucked,” Tyler would later recall. But “they had a groove that was better than any sex I’d ever had up…

5 min.
steven tyler

HE WASN’T THE FIRST TEEN to fantasize about rock stardom. But Steven Tyler’s imaginings were beyond grandiose. They were intergalactic. He ached, he later recalled in his 2011 memoir, Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?, for “immortality! A thousand years after my death I fantasized that there’d be people in the outer galaxies listening to ‘Dream On’ and saying in hushed tones, ‘It’s him, the strange Immortal One!’” It remains for future generations to know if he reaches that status. But already, 50 years after he began his ascent, he hasn’t lost his lust for renown. “I love my fame,” Tyler, now 71, told 60 Minutes Australia in 2013. Once cautioned by a rehab counselor to keep his grandiosity in check, Tyler replied, “Really? That made me who I…

5 min.
send me somebody

WITH JOE PERRY’S DEPARTURE in 1979 and Brad Whitford’s two years later, could Aerosmith remain Aerosmith? Yes, to a point. They carried on with a modified lineup, while the band’s ex-guitarist launched the Joe Perry Project, which would put out three LPs. Whitford had his own side gig, Whitford/St. Holmes, with former Ted Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes. STEVEN TYLER: Brad and Joe took off. And, by the way, they took off because they thought I was getting high too much. They thought I wasn’t finishing songs or writing fast enough, so they left. I got pissed and replaced them. JOE PERRY: We should have laid back and taken a vacation. But there was nobody around us who would give us that advice, much less would we have listened. We really had…

7 min.
joe perry

‘WHAT I LOVE ABOUT JOE PERRY: HE BELIEVES THAT OLD-SCHOOL ROCK AND ROLL THEOREM THAT IT IS EXCITING AND CHAOTIC’—BRAD WHITFORD WITH HIS BEATLES BANGS and black horn-rims that suggested a cross between Buddy Holly and Clark Kent, the dishwasher at the Anchorage in Sunapee Harbor, N.H., had burning teenage music ambitions of his own. But Joe Perry looked on in stoic silence when local luminary Steven Tallarico led one of his popular summer-season bar bands into the dining room. “They were loud and obnoxious, behaving like rock stars,” Perry recalled to Rolling Stone years later. “They’d come [in] and throw food, and I’d have to clean up after them.” Busboy gigs, if not food fights, would fade. Fifty years after Perry, now 69, and Tyler joined forces, the dynamic between…