Behind the band name: Aerosmith
They were the rowdiest, most bawdy and some of the toughest musicians on the rock ‘n’ roll scene of the 1970s. We’re talking of course about Aerosmith. The band’s early hits – “Sweet Emotion”, “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” – helped Aerosmith become a household name, and the band’s final years were defined by their epic comeback after a relatively brief break.
But where did it all start? And where does the name “Aerosmith” come from? Look no further, because below we’ll dive into the story behind the band’s name.
How Aerosmith got its name.
Aerosmith co-founder and drummer Joey Kramer is widely recognized as the mastermind behind the band’s name. As he recounts in his 2009 memoir, Hit it hard: a story from bottom to topand in a 2019 interview with Ultimate classic rock partiesthe inspiration for Aerosmith came to Kramer in 1968. Just two years before the band’s official formation, and while still in high school, Kramer was inspired by an album by Harry Nilsson.
“I was listening to an album at the time, by Harry Nilsson, called Aerial Ballet. We were listening to this record and I started to really like the lyrics. We started circling around this word ‘airy’, and ‘airy’ eventually became ‘aero’ – I don’t know how that happened,” Kramer recalls.
“And it was like Aeromind, Aerostar, Aero-this, Aero-that; and someone said ‘smith’—Aerosmith? Wow! And from there it was all over my high school psychology books and my math books. The question was always, “What is Aerosmith?” And I was telling people, ‘When I leave high school, I’m going to start a rock ‘n’ roll band, and that’s what it’s going to be called. And we’re gonna be big and famous, and that’s the scoop. And they were all like, ‘Oh, that’s very nice, Joey.’ »
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The formation and success of Aerosmith.
The band has its roots in a few earlier bands, as most bands eventually do. For example, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler was originally part of a band called The Strangers in Yonkers, New York in 1964. Around the same time, fellow Aerosmith band member Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton, were trying to make it big as Joe Perry’s Jam. Bandaged.
After a move to Boston, a chance meeting with Kramer and a gig, the founding members of Aerosmith got together in 1970. They even moved into a Boston house together on Commonwealth Avenue. Shortly after, the band would also hire Ray Tabano to complete the founding members of Aerosmith.
And as history shows, the meeting of these individuals was legendary. Aerosmith has racked up multiple gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums as well as four Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and countless other accolades.
Overall, however, the band has inspired not just rock bands, but millions of fans around the world, dream.
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