By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Throughout the decades, Aerosmith has managed to stay constantly relevant. When they were beginning to fade in the 80s, they teamed up with Run DMC for a remix of “Walk This Way” and reentered popularity.
Ten years later, 90s icon Alicia Silverstone appeared in their music videos for “Cryin’,” “Crazy” and “Amazing,” and again, Aerosmith was at the forefront of music. In 1998, the group released the single “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” which could be heard on the soundtrack for the movie Armageddon and on the dance floors of high school proms throughout America.
In early 2000, the Boston rockers released Just Push Play, and appealed once more to both Baby Boomers and Millennial alike. And in 2012, the band hit again with Music From Another Dimension!, and embarked on the worldwide Global Warming Tour.
So what is it that’s kept this 1970s band alive for so many years? The answer is simple: excellent songwriting from one of Rock and Roll’s greatest duos – Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Now, the singer and guitarist are being honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as the recipients of 2013’s Founder’s Award, which recognizes pop music’s most influential players.
The ceremony is set to take place on April 17th at the 30th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. With this accolade, Tyler and Perry join the ranks of past Founder’s recipients such as Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, James Taylor, Rod Stewart and more.
ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams stated of the Aerosmith rockers, “As part of one of our nation's greatest and most iconic rock bands, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry crafted the music that defined a generation and continues to inspire songwriters today. They are true musical pioneers whose contributions to American songwriting are immeasurable. We are extremely proud to honor these cultural icons."
Congratulations to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry!
For more on this story, head to ASCAP.com and be sure to check out all things Aerosmith at the band’s official website.