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Aerosmith sound like the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones having a battle of the bands at a low-key dive bar.

In other words, the Boston-based bad boys—led by the combustible, magnetic duo of frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry—ooze confidence, danger and rebellion.

Hall of Fame Essay


Scott Schnieder

In a three-decade career unparalleled in both the giddy exhilaration of its highs and the crushing depths of its lows,  Aerosmith continues to embody the hormone-fueled liberation of the American teenage rock & roll experi­ence like no other band of its era.

In the 1970s, the Boston-bred quintet played a major role in establishing the fundamentals of hard rock. But despite  its seminal role in making rock sound big­ger, Aerosmith has never abandoned its original mis­sion as a gritty, unpretentious rock & roll outfit. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2001
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Aerosmith blew away the stereotypes and defied their critics
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