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  • 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.
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  • Breakthrough Hit: "Dream On" from their debut album, despite being a Black Sheep Hit Power Ballad.
  • Career Resurrection: Drug addiction and internal conflict caused the guitarists to leave the band by 1981. Their 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place tanked, and they got dropped by Columbia Records. It wasn't until 1986 that Aerosmith came back into the spotlight, with a rap remix of "Walk This Way" by Run–D.M.C.. The band's first album on Geffen Records, Permanent Vacation, went 5x platinum with the #3 hit "Angel". Aerosmith returned to Columbia in 1997, and topped the Hot 100 with "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing".
  • Creator Backlash: Joe was not fond of Just Push Play, due to the band rarely, if ever, recording in the same room during its production and robbing them of the type of live energy was necessary for their kind of music.
    • Brad didn't like "Girls of Summer", the single released to promote their 2002 greatest hits collection "O, Yeah!" He thought it was too calculated and phony. When the band decided to return to their blues roots with "Honkin' On Bobo", Brad definitely seemed the happiest.
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    • The whole band kind of bristles at "Angel" nowadays. Look closely at the band during interviews when the song comes up. They've never said they outright hate it, but they're not enthused about playing it live and don't understand why fans still like it so much after all these years.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Similarly Named Works: The song "Lifelight" isn't to be confused with the one from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • 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 due to the death of his father, which was exacerbated by their manager playing mind-games with the band. A session drummer was even 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.
    • The "Love In An Elevator" video had some difficulty. The band was worked for 35 hours straight and then were advised that they had to wait 3 days for the director, Marty Callner, to prep the final shot. The final shot went on for several hours and they had to get city permits to film where they were. Callner made a mistake when filing the paperwork saying they'd be done at 10 PM when he meant to put 1 AM. So when he tried to continue the shoot past 10, the police stopped him and told him they'd arrest him if he didn't shut down the shoot.


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