40 years ago this month, Aerosmith released their landmark album Toys In The Attic to ciritical acclaim. Released April 8, 1975, it has since become an eight-time platinum album and yielded the immortal hits “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion”.
Beyond the critical acclaim Toys In the Attic received, a number of musicians have honored the work by covering a variety of the album’s tracks. Most notably, “Walk This Way,” a 1986 Billboard Top 4 single collaboration with Run–D.M.C. and a pivotal song in the burgeoning rock-rap genre, featured Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (on co-lead vocals) and Joe Perry (guitar). The track went on to become an international hit and earned both groups a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap-Single (1987).
Additional accolades for “Walk This Way” include inclusions in: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll; Rolling Stone ranked the original version of “Walk This Way” at #346 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, while the version with Run–D.M.C. is ranked at #293; “VH1: 100 Greatest Rock Songs” included “Walk This Way” at #35 (2000); Q magazine placed it at #23 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks (2005); Rolling Stone ranked the original version of “Walk This Way” at #34 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time (2008); VH1’s “100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs” included “Walk This Way” at #8 and VH1 ranked the version with Run–D.M.C. at #4 on VH1 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs (2009).
Beginning June 13, Aerosmith will return to the road with their Blue Army Tour 2015. The trek will take the band’s all original members – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford – to 15 cities before concluding in Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, August 4. Immediately following the tour, Aerosmith will perform on Friday, August 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends. See below for a full list of Blue Army Tour dates.
June 13 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
June 24 – Evansville, IN – The Ford Center
June 27 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Casino
July 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s
July 7 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
July 10 – Salinas, CA – Salinas Sports Complex
July 16 – Victoria, BC – Save on Food Memorial Center
July 19 – Fort McMurray, AB – Shell Place at Macdonald Park
July 22 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 28 – Ridgefield, WA – Washington Amphitheater NW
Aug 1 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug 4 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena