Whether Aerosmith was a striking force in music in your life or not, you have to admit that the band made a huge difference in the lives of millions of music lovers and the music community at large. We took a deeper look and found out some of the more obscure things we think you didn’t know about this legendary rock ‘n roll band.
1.) Sammy Hagar Almost Became Aerosmith’s Lead Singer
Yup, it’s true. Sammy Hagar, the guy known for his music in Van Halen and other acts, almost became the lead singer of Aerosmith. Apparently, the tale goes that Brad Whitford, tried to get Sammy Hagar to replace the legendary Steven Tyler. My, things would’ve been different.
2.) “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” Was Their Most Popular Song
Aerosmith’s most popular song “I Don’t Want A Miss A Thing,” was released in 1998 and wasn’t actually on any of their official albums. Instead, it appeared on the Armageddon soundtrack. The Diane Warren song is one of Aerosmith’s #1 hit.
Talk about longevity. Aerosmith is known by many generations of Americans. After becoming a huge phenomenon through their “Sweet Emotion” song in 1975, they continued to dominate the charts till present day. In the 80’s and 90’s, they churned out pop tunes and they even were successful in the 2000’s with “Jaded,” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
The Simpsons TV show has a uncanny way of predicting the future, but regardless of that, Aerosmith was the first band to make an appearance on the highly and critically acclaimed TV show. In 1991, the Simpsons had gained national fame, and Aerosmith was the first official band to play the fictional Moe’s Tavern.
Having been around for over 45 years now, Aerosmith has recorded plenty of albums. Throughout their entire career, Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry on lead guitar, Bradley Whitford on rhythm guitar, Tom Hamilton on bass guitar and Joey Kramer on drums has been a staple of the band. But, on only one studio album – their 1982 Rock In A Hard Place, Joe Perry was not on it and Bradley Whitford quit while recording.
They always say drugs are bad, but you realy start to believe it when Aerosmith almost broke up because of it. During the 70’s and early 80’s, the members of Aerosmith had gotten out of control with drugs, and it almost tore apart their career as musicians. Tyler completed rehab though, and in the next several years, every other member did so too. By 1987, Permanent Vacation was their comeback album which became their most successful album at the time.
7.) The Beatles Had A Profound Effect On Joe Perry
Born in 1950, Joe Perry is almost was widely known as Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler. Born to a high school gym teacher and an accountant in Lawrence Massachusetts, Perry’s world was turned upside down when he saw The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show as a boy. He noted that something changed inside of him after that. What if he had never seen that show? Would we have “Dream On,” and other Aerosmith hits? Probably not.
8.) Aerosmith appeared in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie
The movie titled “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” was arguably one of the worst films of all time despite the album that it was named for being a huge success. But, did you know that Aerosmith appeared in the film as the made-up band called Future Villain Band?