Sold-out tours, chart-topping hits and runaway success all mean nothing when you're in a mega-band on the brink of collapse. That seemed to be the case for Aerosmith, whose explosive behind-the-scenes drama will play out in the premiere of Aerosmith: Breaking the Band, Sunday, January 31, on REELZ.
Tempers flared and arguments broke out between Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer at the height of Aerosmith's fame, especially when it came to frontman Tyler and guitarist Perry.
"Steven and Joe have a chemical reaction with one another, and it's remarkable that it hasn't exploded and killed everyone," says rock music journalist David Wild of the duo.
"You'd never see them together outside of the band environment. They weren't going out to parties together, they weren't going to shows together — so that's not really a friendship, it's a business arrangement," explains former Aerosmith guitarist and founding member Ray Tabano.
Adds Aerosmith road manager Rich Guberti, “It was Steven and Joe with the calamity, and then Tom, Brad and Joey trying to keep the band together and stay professional.”
Featuring interviews with Wild, Guberti and Tabano, Aerosmith: Breaking the Band provides an insider glimpse into the bitter taste of fame — and spotlights the pivotal moments that led to their 2017 farewell tour and their most recent endeavors.
According to REELZ, the music series "uncovers the incredible true stories of crippling drug use, scandalous affairs and key moments with Aerosmith that the cameras missed."
For more on the ups and downs of the iconic rockers, tune in to Aerosmith: Breaking the Band, airing Sunday, January 31, at 8 p.m. ET on REELZ.
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