List of Aerosmith band members

Aerosmith
Washington, DC on September 4, 2003.
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Years active 1970–present
Members Steven Tyler
Tom Hamilton
Joey Kramer
Joe Perry
Brad Whitford
Past members Ray Tabano
Jimmy Crespo
Rick Dufay

The following is a complete chronology of the various line-ups of Aerosmith, from the group's inception in 1970 until the present, including all former and current band members, as well as listings of substitute and touring musicians.

Current members

Steven Tyler
Active: October 1970–present
Regular instruments: lead vocals, harmonica
Occasional instruments: piano, acoustic guitar, flute, keyboards, mandolin, bass, percussion, organ, guitar, drums, congas, bass marimba, cigar box guitar, backup drums
Release contributions: all Aerosmith releases
Tom Hamilton
Active: October 1970–present
Regular instruments: bass
Occasional instruments: rhythm guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, lead vocals
Release contributions: all Aerosmith releases
Joey Kramer
Active: October 1970–present
Regular instruments: drums
Occasional instruments: percussion, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Aerosmith releases
Joe Perry
Active: October 1970–July 1979, April 1984–present
Regular instruments: lead guitar, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: lead vocals, co-lead vocals, talkbox, percussion, bass, six-string bass, lap steel guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, hurdy gurdy, theremin, dobro, baritone guitar, synthesizer
Release contributions: all Aerosmith releases from Aerosmith (1973) to Night in the Ruts (1979) and Done with Mirrors (1985) to present
Brad Whitford
Active: April 1971–July 1981, April 1984–present
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Occasional instruments: lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Aerosmith releases from Aerosmith (1973) to Night in the Ruts (1979), Rock in a Hard Place (1982) – "Lightning Strikes" only – and Done with Mirrors (1985) to present
Russ Irwin
Active: Present
Instruments: Keyboard

Former members

Ray Tabano
Active: October 1970–April 1971
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Release contributions: none
Jimmy Crespo
Active: July 1979–April 1984
Instruments: lead guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: Night in The Ruts (1979) – "Three Mile Smile" only – and Rock in a Hard Place (1982)
Rick Dufay
Active: December 1981–April 1984
Instruments: rhythm guitar
Release contributions: Rock in a Hard Place (1982) and Music From Another Dimension! (2012) – "Shakey Ground" only

Timeline

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Line-ups

Personnel Studio albums
October 1970–April 1971
April 1971–July 1979
July 1979–July 1981
  • Steven Tyler - lead vocals
  • Tom Hamilton - bass
  • Joey Kramer - drums
  • Brad Whitford - rhythm guitar
  • Jimmy Crespo - lead guitar, backing vocals
December 1981–April 1984
  • Steven Tyler - lead vocals, harmonica, piano
  • Tom Hamilton - bass
  • Joey Kramer - drums
  • Jimmy Crespo - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Dufay - rhythm guitar
April 1984–present

Substitute musicians

  • Brian Tichy - drums, percussion (2013)
  • Bobby Schneck - rhythm guitar (June 10, 2009 - July 5, 2009; September 2013 - present)
    • Substituted for Brad, who was recovering from head surgery.
  • David Hull - bass, backing vocals (September 5, 2006 - November 29, 2006; July 15, 2009 - August 6, 2009; May 1 - May 25, 2013)
    • Substituted for Tom, who was recovering from throat cancer in 2006 and non-invasive surgery in 2009; substituted for Tom, suffered a chest infection and was flown home
  • Jesse Sky Kramer - drums, percussion (2002, 2005, 2012 - present [as guest])
    • Periodically substituted for his father, Joey, who was recovering from shoulder injuries
  • Steve Ferrone - drums, percussion (August 1996 - September 1996)
    • Substituted for Joey during pre-production for the Nine Lives album, as Kramer was ill and grieving the loss of his father
  • David Minehan - guitar (May 1994)
    • Substituted for Brad, who was grieving the loss of a family member
  • Bobby Rondinelli - drums, percussion (February 1983, December 31, 1983)
    • Substituted for Joey Kramer during short illnesses
  • Richard Supa - guitar (1979)
    • Substituted for Joe Perry on Night in the Ruts, after he departed.
  • Danny Johnson - guitar (1979)
    • Auditioned for Joe's spot after Joe departed Aerosmith
  • Michael Schenker - guitar (1979)
    • Auditioned for Perry's spot after Joe departed Aerosmith

Touring members