My Next Read: “Aerosmith on Tour, 1973-85” by Julian Gill

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic Aerosmith lineup — Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer — a new book, Aerosmith On Tour: 1973-1985, has been released, which chronicles the band’s career on the road for the first time. Written by Julian Gill, Aerosmith On Tour: 1973-1985 unveils its tale via local reviews, eyewitness reports, press accounts and interviews with key insiders.

The 612-page book is enhanced with visual material (concert and record ads, vintage reviews, and photographs) and follows the band as they launch their career as the opening act for The Kinks, Humble Pie and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, before their breakthrough success with albums Toys In The Attic and Rocks in the late ’70s.

The group has gone on to sell more than 150 million albums around the world since being founded 50 years ago. They were the first rock band with a massive commercially successful hip-hop collaboration with Run-DMC on “Walk This Way” and the first hard rock band to appear during a Super Bowl Halftime Show with their 2001 performance, and in 1999, Aerosmith became the first band to have their own themed attraction at Disney World in Florida, and later Paris with the launch of the Rock ‘N’ Roller coaster starring Aerosmith.