In due course, then, the group’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles eventually caught up with them. Dubbed the Toxic Twins owing to their excessive drug use, Tyler and Perry repeatedly fought, with the latter eventually leaving to form a new, eponymous project. Whitford also decided to quit soon afterwards, and by 1984 Aerosmith were largely considered to be over.
However, just two years later an unlikely but groundbreaking collaboration with hip-hop pioneers Run DMC on “Walk This Way” spectacularly resurrected the Aerosmith brand. Building on that success, 1987’s multi-platinum album Permanent Vacation consolidated the group’s remarkable comeback. And 1989’s Pump spawned three Top 10 hits, sold seven million copies and saw the band pick up their first ever Grammy.
Aerosmith then became a staple of MTV in the 1990s, with videos featuring Alicia Silverstone and Tyler’s daughter Liv. Plus, they achieved their sole number-one hit, almost 30 years into their career, with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” in 1998. Recorded for disaster movie Armageddon, the song also picked up an Oscar nomination.