Dream On and Mama Kin would become huge hits for Aerosmith, both of which featured on this debut record, a record that would also set the band on a path of pure drug-induced addiction and destruction. “Sometimes it’s like slogging through a swamp,” says Joe Perry, speaking to a Brazillian journalist in 1994 when asked about fighting in the band and chaos on the road. “Ah..it used to happen like that, just totally destroying hotels and shit would fly, we’d wreck cars ya know, all that stuff,” as if to suggest this type of situation came with the daily territory of being a Rock N Roll star. Which, it did. Tyler and Perry are not shy about their drug use over the years and both have been through rehab to battle their addictions. “We were just drug addicts,” said Steven tyler, speaking in an interview from 2002.
“We were all heavily into drugs and it takes its toll, in that, you don’t concentrate or focus on what’s really needed to be done here,” Tyler explains. “I was at the height of my bottom, so to speak, and not really being there and taking too long and I guess the guys got bummed out about that.” Tyler referring to his increasingly out of control drug use during the late 70s and early 80s, shortly before completing rehab in 1986. Despite this internal conflict, Aerosmith powered through the 80s and released one of their most successful albums to date, Pump, in 1989, which went on to sell millions of copies. Aerosmith also enjoyed three Top Ten singles with, Love in an Elevator, Janie's Got a Gun, and What It Takes.
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