Title: ‘Dream On’
Featured in the Trailer for: “Argo” (Opens: 10-12-12)
Quick Bio – Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1970 who have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the U.S. They have scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, four Grammy Awards and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. But, that only scratches the surface for this band sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston,” who after being heavily involved in drugs for the better part of two decades sobered up and reinvented that magic from the early 70s when they broke onto the scene. Their comeback has been described as one of the most significant in rock ‘n’ roll history; a comeback fueled by their 1986 collaboration with Run-D.M.C. on an alternate version of the hit “Walk This Way.” That song helped bridge the gap between the rap community and rock and roll virtually resurrecting Aerosmith’s career by introducing the band’s music to a new generation.
Shortly thereafter in 1987, Permanent Vacation was released becoming a major hit and the band’s bestselling album in over a decade, with “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”, “Rag Doll”, and “Angel” reaching the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. And then two years later in 1989, Aerosmith released Pump, featuring such hits like “What It Takes”, “Love in an Elevator” and “Janie’s Got a Gun”, which won the band’s their first Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. After a short break, the band reconvened for 1993’s Get a Grip featuring such singles like “Livin’ on the Edge” and “Eat the Rich”. But, where his album really hit was with its more subtle ballads like “Cryin'”, “Crazy” and “Amazing.” All three songs went on to have long stints on the radio and MTV, who went on to feature videos starring up-and-coming actress Alicia Silverstone; to which she was later dubbed “the Aerosmith chick” for the first half of the decade. Even Steven Tyler’s own daughter Liv Tyler got into the mix in the “Crazy” video. Get a Grip would go on to sell more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone and over 20 million copies worldwide. Ever since then, Aerosmith has moved in and out of the limelight releasing several albums including Nine Lives (1997), Just Push Play (2001) and Honkin on Bobo (2004), their one and only true blues album. But, to me where this band has made their impact the most is with all the tours they have performed over the years. Not many bands can say they have toured 26 times over the course of their career, performing in over 2,000 concerts in over 40 countries. That’s ridiculous and partly why they are often referred to as one of the greatest ‘Rock and Roll’ Bands of all time. ~ Excerpts taken from lastfm.com and wikipedia.com
‘Dream On’ – A song considered to be the first single is also the one many fan’s call Aerosmith’s signature song. Written by Steven Tyler, this blues-influenced power ballad became Aerosmith’s first major hit after it was released in June 1973. In a 2011 interview, Steven Tyler reminisced about his father and recalled “lying beneath his dad’s piano as a three-year-old, listening to him play classical music. That’s where I got the ‘Dream On’ chordage,” he said. And Tyler honors that experience by sitting down behind the piano during concerts to play it, including on top of the “Green Monster” at Fenway Park where the Boston Red Sox play. Tyler even performed a brief rendition of the song live during the 2011 finale of American Idol, when he was part of the panel of judges.
“Dream On” is part of the ‘The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll’ list and is also ranked #172 on Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time.’ So, to say this is just another song would be doing it a huge injustice as it has been used on all forms of media numerous times over the years. It’s just one of those songs that never ages and when used in trailer like “Argo,” it adds so much emotion and excitement, the perfect combination to get people into theaters. ~ Excerpts taken from Wikipedia.com
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