Aerosmith first formed in 1971 with their final member line-up. At the beginning of their career, the band gained a reputation for putting on energetic live shows. They signed their first deal in 1972, after which they released their first studio album through Columbia.
Aerosmith’s debut foray into the music world did not reach more than 166 in the charts. However, the album did go on to achieve gold status. A number of tracks on the record eventually became staples during their live performances decades later.
It was four more years before the band became recognised as stars worldwide. This success came as a result of their third album in 1975, titled Toys in the Attic. It helped them to establish their own unique sound and differentiate themselves from other similar groups, such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
The album was welcomed by rock fans as soon as it was released. Its first single was Sweet Emotion, which is now considered one of the band’s best songs. Another track, Walk This Way, eventually made its way into the top 10.
They followed this with Rocks in 1976. This album became platinum in a short space of time and captured the band during their most energetic and raw phase. It has been cited as an influence for later hard rock bands, including Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.
Rocks is often included in lists of the greatest ever rock albums on various music publications. Kurt Cobain once revealed that the album was instrumental in helping create the heavy guitar sound for Nirvana. It was during the period of Rocks that Aerosmith began to tour extensively in the US. Their gigs included large capacity stadiums and rock genre festivals. This would help them attain an increasingly abundant fan base and offered them the platform to become one of the best rock groups in the country.