Trivia / Aerosmith


  • Black Sheep Hit: Multiple times, with "Dream On", "Angel" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing". They actually refused to play several of their songs in concert for years because of this.
    • Coincidentally, Mark Chesnutt's cover of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was a black sheep hit for him around the same time, as he was mainly known for his traditional fiddle-and-steel country, not covers of rock power ballads. In fact, said cover was by far his biggest hit.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is from Armageddon. After 25 years, it was their first #1 hit. Also, their cover of "Come Together" from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Dream On" from their debut album, despite being a Black Sheep Hit Power Ballad.
  • Creator Backlash: Joe was not fond of Just Push Play, due to the band rarely, if ever, recording in the same room during it's production and robbing them of the type of live energy was necessary for their kind of music.
  • Executive Meddling: The band wanted to include a live cover of "Train Kept-A-Rollin'" on Get Your Wings, but producers Jack Douglas and Ray Colcord refused. Eventually, the two sides compromised: Aerosmith played "Train Kept-A-Rollin'" twice, in both a slow and fast version, and Douglas added echo and crowd noises sampled from the Concert for Bangladesh in the second half to make it sound like it was recorded live, the crowd noises also helping transition into the beginning of "Seasons of Wither". Further meddling ensued when the album's executive producer, Bob Ezrin, brought in Lou Reed's guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner, to perform lead guitars in the "studio" and "live" parts.
  • Fan Nickname: The Toxic Twins for Steven Tyler and Joe Perry; the L.I.3. (Less Interesting Three) for Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton
  • Name's the Same:
    • The rhythm guitarist is Brad Whitford. The West Wing's actor is Bradley Whitford.
    • Joe Perry shares the same name with an NFL Hall of Fame running back for the 49ers.
  • The Pete Best: Ray Tabano. He played less than a year with the band before Brad Whitford replaced him, and even before the band recorded anything. Interestingly enough, Ray makes an appearance on the show Pawn Stars, selling a rare Aerosmith tour jacket.
  • Throw It In!: In "Nobody's Fault" you can faintly hear a squeaky door opening during the song's guitar introduction, just a few seconds before the rest of the band starts playing - according to Steven Tyler, this was due to a recording engineer unceremoniously walking in on a take, and the band left it in because they thought it was funny.
  • Troubled Production: Nine Lives already had to wait a while as just before recording, Joey Kramer went into a deep depression, with a session drummer even being contacted in case he didn't return. The initial sessions under Glen Ballard didn't please the studio, so the band decided to fire their manager and re-record from scratch with producer Kevin Shirley. And the initial cover with a cat Krishna was criticized by Hindus, leading to a quick replacement.


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