Aerosmith has been in the spotlight since the early ’70s, based on their bluesy hard rock sound and their drug use and infighting. Led by “Toxic Twins” Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, band broke through with 1975’s “Toys in the Attic” before sliding into a rut toward the end of the decade. In 1987, a newly cleaned up Aerosmith rose to popularity again, carrying the band through the 1990s.
Pearl Jam was one of the bands responsible for the grunge explosion of the early ’90s. Their debut album “Ten” launched them into the stratosphere and followup albums “Vs.” and “Vitalogy” helped cement their status as a top act. The band also got involved in political social movements, fought Ticketmaster to keep concerts affordable, and became a huge and vaunted touring act.