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Name: Aerosmith                                                                       
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, USA                                                   
Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys       
from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their                       
unique style, rooted in blues-based hard rock, has also come to incorporate           
elements of pop, heavy metal, glam, and R&B, which has inspired legions of rock       
artists that came after them. They are the bestselling American hard rock band       
of all time, having sold 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million         
albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold       
and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40         
hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine #1 Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy awards,     
and ten Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of         
Fame in 2001.                                                                         
The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and         
bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up       
with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and         
formed Aerosmith. By 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band         
began developing a following in Boston. They were signed to Columbia Records in       
1972 and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973       
eponymous debut album. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the           
album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as     
hard rock superstars. By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most popular       
hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often           
referred to as the "Blue Army". However, drug addiction and internal conflict         
took its toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and             
Whitford, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. They were replaced by Jimmy Crespo and       
Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing a lone       
album, Rock in a Hard Place, which was a critical and commercial flop. Although       
Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen       
Records, it wasn't until the band sobered up and released 1987's Permanent           
Vacation that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the       
1970s. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won     
numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip     
(1993), and Nine Lives (1997). After 38 years of performing, Aerosmith continues     
to maintain a high level of popularity and success and continues to tour and         
record music to this day.