The group’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles eventually caught up with them. Dubbed the Toxic Twins due 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, and by 1984, Aerosmith was largely considered to be over.
However, an unlikely but groundbreaking collaboration with hip-hop pioneers Run DMC spectacularly resurrected the Aerosmith brand just two years later with “Walk This Way.” 1987’s multi-platinum Permanent Vacation consolidated the group’s remarkable comeback. 1989’s Pump spawned three Top 10 hits, sold seven million copies and saw the band pick up their first ever Grammy.
Aerosmith became a staple of MTV in the 1990s with videos featuring Alicia Silverstone and Tyler’s daughter Liv. They achieved their sole number-one hit almost 30 years into their career, with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” in 1998. The song, recorded for disaster movie Armageddon, also picked up an Oscar nomination.