At 16, Steven Tallarico formed his first serious band, called The Strangeurs they soon changed their name to Chain Reaction due to name conflicts. The bands were active from 1964 through 1968. At 18, Steven entered the studio for the first time and recorded two of only four singles ever released by Chain Reaction.

Chain Reaction performed opening acts for bands such as The Beach Boys and The Byrds, but even with the recording contract the band saw very little success. And, by the summer of 1970 the band had disbanded!

That same summer, Steven had ran into Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the Jam Band. The Jam Band had also broken up and Steven and Joe collaborated on a joint venture that produced the creation of Aerosmith!

Late in the fall of 1970, Aerosmith made it’s public debut at the Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon MA. The performance was a big success and they continued to perform gigs outside the Boston University Student Union Building.

By 1971 the band was earning around $300 a night for performances, but in 1972 their first real break came when they signed a $125,000 deal with Columbia Records! With the bands new found status of having a record label, Steven Tallarico decides to change his name to Steven Tyler for more appeal!

The bands first album, self titled “Aerosmith” was recorded in two weeks and released in January of 1973 and the band then started it’s first tour in support of the album.

With the release of two more albums, including “Get Your Wings” which went gold, the band saw growing success as well as a growing fan base! By 1975, they were headlining with along with ZZ Top and Kiss! And, by the summer of 1978, the band was co-headlining along with Ted Nugent at “California Jam II”, the biggest rock festival held in the late 70’s!

That same year the band stepped into the Hollywood limelight with an appearance in the movie “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” in October. The bands version of “Come Together” done in the movie reached twenty-three on the charts.

By 1979, the exhausting touring schedule along with the bands known substance abuse problems began to take it’s toll. The stress on personal relationships ended in with Joe Perry leaving the band to pursue a solo career. The following year Brad Whit also left the band.

The band carried on with replacement members, but their success was fading. On Valentine’s Day in 1984, both Joe Perry and Brad Whitford visited back stage with the band after a show in Boston and by April the original band had reunited and began to tour!

A few years later the band teams up with Run-DMC for a remake of Walk This Way and finally reaches the charts again for the first time in six years.

With the encouragement of a new manager, Tim Collins and his band members, Steven Tyler entered a drug rehab program in 1986. The other band members soon followed and by 1987 Aerosmith was a clean and sober band. They reclaimed their title as one of the best rock and roll bands in the United States.

With all strain the bands life of rock and roll, sex and drugs put on the relationships. And, disagreements with managers and music labels, the band has still managed to stay together and make their place in history as one of the greatest bands of all times.

The bands proof of success earned them numerous gold and platinum albums and singles, many MTV Awards and even a few Grammy’s. But, March of 2001 brought Aerosmith a honor that marked their place in the annals of rock and roll fame forever. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame!

The bands diverse styles of music has resulted in the sale of more than 150 million albums worldwide. Aerosmith’s ability to move back and forth between, rock, hard rock, heavy metal, ballads and blues, have won the hearts of many lifelong fans!

Written by Connie Corder Copyright 2010, all rights reserved and may not be republished in any form.

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