Perform in a band for nearly 40 years and a few occurrences are unavoidable: You will experience both thrilling highs (Grammys, Academy Award noms, platinum sales to the nth degree) and crashing lows (drug addiction, the acrimonious departure of original members); you'll break social boundaries (Run-DMC's collaborative rap remix of "Walk This Way"); you'll make technological breakthroughs (Guitar Hero: Aerosmith); oh, and you'll bust more than a few body parts (various knee and throat ailments, second-degree burns, hepatitis C).
But in the case of Aerosmith, the journey will also include producing one of the most memorable bodies of work in American music history. With a new album in the pipeline, Steven Tyler and Co.'s attitude-drenched, blues-based hard rock continues to appeal, evolve and, above all, endure. Dream until your dreams come true? For the bad boys from Boston, the coming true was only the beginning.
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