This Day In Music 26.03.2016
Steven Tyler was born Stephen Victor Tallarico in New York, NY, U.S., on March 26, 1948. Before working as a professional musician, Tyler worked several odd jobs, including a stint at a bakery. Music has always played a large role in Tyler's life as his father taught music at Cardinal Spellman High School. He took a liking to blues and in the 1960s, he was a drummer and singer in a variety of local rock and roll bands.
In 1969, Tyler met a guitarist named Joe Perry in Sunapee, New Hampshire. In 1970, they met again in Boston and formed Aerosmith with bassist Tom Hamilton. Later, they added a second guitarist, Tyler's childhood friend Ray Tabano (who was quickly replaced by Brad Whitford), and drummer Joey Kramer.
They released their eponymous debut album in 1973. It was followed by Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, and Draw the Line, which catapulted Aerosmith to international fame and recognition. These albums produced legendary hits like "Dream On", "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way"
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Aerosmith's first five albums have all gone multi-platinum, and Toys in the Attic and Rocks are considered to be among the greatest hard rock albums of all time.
Tyler and Perry were often called the Toxic Twins, for their legendary intake of stimulants and heroin. The constant touring and recording, the major drug abuse, and long-harbored differences between band members helped lead to Aerosmith's near collapse at the end of the 1970s, just after completion of 1979's Night in the Ruts.
Aersmith - Remember (Walking in the sand) - Live Largo 1980
On February, 1984, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, who left the band in 1979 and 1981 respectively, showed up to an Aerosmith show. The band embarked on a reunion tour called, "The Back in the Saddle Tour," and proceeded to record once again. Aerosmith's new manager Tim Collins and the rest of the reunited band knew that they wouldn't get anywhere with their leader Steven Tyler still under the heavy influence of drugs. In 1986, they held a meeting in which they pressured Tyler into entering a strict drug rehabilitation program. After Tyler had completed drug rehab, Aerosmith released their comeback album Done With Mirrors. In 1986, Tyler and Perry collaborated with Run-D.M.C. for a remake of Aerosmith's 1976 hit "Walk This Way", which hit #4 on the charts.
Aerosmith came back big in 1987 with Permanent Vacation, The band followed up in 1989 with Pump and once again in 1993 with Get a Grip, selling million copies and launching the band into global superstardom, well eclipsing their success in the 1970s. Nine Lives, was released in 1997.
Aerosmith – Pink (official video, from Nine Lives)
In 2001, Steven Tyler, as a member of Aerosmith, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, Tyler also inducted AC/DC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and sang with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for a performance of "You Shook Me All Night Long." Here it is
On September 2007 Steven announced the launch of Red Wing Motorcycles. Red Wing's bikes are designed by Steven Tyler, engineered by Mark Dirico, and built by AC Custom Motorcycles in Manchester, New Hampshire.
In 2010, Steven Tyler embarked on the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour with Aerosmith, which saw them perform over 40 concerts in 18 countries. On September 16, 2010, it was reported that Tyler would have his first solo project.
Tyler has a 4 octave dramatic tenor vocal range, ranging from D2 to E6. He has been ranked #3 on Hit Parader's list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists".