We all remember the wildly popular music videos from the early 1990’s for the trio of Aerosmith power ballads – “Crazy”, “Cryin'”, and “Amazing” – that put Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler, daughter of lead singer Steven Tyler, on the map.  Sure, featuring your daughter in that state of undress might not seem conventional, but nothing about Aerosmith’s career could be considered conventional.

The Bad Boys from Boston have have booked two shows in Los Angeles this summer along with ZZ Top, their pals from Texas with the beards (except of course, Frank Beard, the only one without a beard).  Aerosmith at the Staples Center in Los Angeles has sold out for Friday, August 21 before they head down to Orange County to play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday, August 23.  While demand for Aerosmith tickets are high, our friends at Golden Circle Tickets assure us that they can still provide you with the best seats in the house.

It has taken a long time for Aerosmith to reach this level of notoriety.  The band members originally met in the late ’60s, where they lived together in an apartment on Commonwealth Avenue.  Long before “Dream On” became a radio staple, the band would spend their afternoons watching “The Three Stooges” stoned.  Soon enough, the band refined their blues-rock sound and found fame locally.  It was then that they were signed to their first record deal and their self-titled debut album marked the beginning of this enduring American band.

Not ones to ever be pigeon-holed into one style of music, Aerosmith freely moved from blues and rock ‘n roll to morphing rap music with hard rock for the first time.  Their collaboration with Run DMC on “Walk This Way” in 1986  broke barriers in the music industry and brought Aerosmith to an all-new level of popularity.  The MTV music video staple introduced the band to a brand new audience: some black, some white, but all young.

Drugs fueled the band from its inception through its peak until it destroyed the band.  Dissension among band members led to fights.  Drugs led to sloppy performances and Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry were known to pass out on stage at times.  The band broke up until all members agreed to find sobriety through drug rehab.  Fortunately for us, they were able to clean up and launch the third act of their now-storied career.

Although the band’s albums have been some of the highest selling of all-time, they only experienced a #1 single one time with the release of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, which was featured in the 1998 blockbuster, “Armageddon”.  Coincidentally, their only number one single was written by Diane Warren, not Aerosmith.

Cut to today.  Just when you thought Aerosmith could not branch out any further, they teamed up with Guitar Hero to bring their music to a new generation of kids through video games.  The latest Aerosmith tour, co-headlined by ZZ Top, is sponsored by Guitar Hero and you are guaranteed to see a wide cross-section of fans.  Be the coolest parents on your block and bring your kids.  They will be blown away that you have even heard of this band.  Little do they know that you have been following the band for thirty years!

Aerosmith will be joined by ZZ Top as they play the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, August 21 and then in Irvine at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 23.  Only Golden Circle Tickets can get you the best seats – the ones unavailable everywhere else!

By: A. Khalighi

About the Author:

Brett Golbert is a self-proclaimed media expert based out of Los Angeles.

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