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I Don't Want to Miss a Thing Introduction

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing Introduction

In a Nutshell

In 1998, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" gave Aerosmith the one prize that had eluded the band for 28 years: a #1 hit. Recorded as part of the soundtrack for the film—correction: the cinematic masterpiece—Armageddon, the song reached the top of the charts in the U.S. and a half dozen other countries.

Some were surprised that the Bad Boys from Boston would record such a sentimental and richly orchestrated song, but they shouldn't have been; Aerosmith may have invented the power ballad when they recorded "Dream On" in 1973. Others were more surprised that the hard-living rockers were still alive and kicking after building a staggering reputation for alcohol and drug excess. But again, they shouldn't have been; the members of Aerosmith proved as resilient during the 1980s as they were self-destructive in the 1970s, going through rehab and re-tooling themselves for the new world of MTV rock and roll.

So, how exactly did Aerosmith move from the mean streets of Beantown to the Red Carpets of Hollywood? Read on—that is, if you don't want to miss a thing.

About the Song

ArtistAerosmith
Year1998
LabelColumbia/Hollywood/Epic
Writer(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Matt Serletic
Musician(s)Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums)
Learn to playChords
AlbumArmageddon - The Album

Music Video

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Influences on Aerosmith

The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
Fleetwood Mac
The Yardbirds
Cream
Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin

Influenced by Aerosmith

Guns N' Roses
Mötley Crüe
Ratt
Great White
The Black Crowes
Tesla

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing Resources

Books

Aerosmith and Stephen Davis, Walk this Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith (2003)
In many ways, this is your standard rock band autobiography, but as it's written by the crew that believed that "anything worth doing is worth overdoing," you get a bit more than even the most jaded fan might anticipate.

Steven Tyler, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir (2011)
Tyler fans have eagerly awaited this tell-all from the Aerosmith frontman, and they won't be disappointed. Tyler bares his soul and his life—at least those parts he remembers. He writes like he talks; he has a knack for the one-liner, and he never saw a metaphor that he didn't like.

Albums

Toys in the Attic (1975)
Aerosmith's breakthrough album reached #11 on the chart, and two singles charted: "Sweet Emotion" at #36 and "Walk This Way" at #10. The influence of the Stones and Led Zeppelin is still apparent, but the band demonstrates its own sound on this album as well with classic bluesy riffs from Perry and Tyler's unrestrained vocals.

Rocks (1976)
Appropriately, this is the band's hardest rocking album from its first life. "Back in the Saddle" and "Last Child" reached the Top 40 as singles, but other tracks have held up just as well. Perry's riffs take center stage on "Get the Lead Out" and reveal more than a hint of Led Zeppelin in "Rats in the Cellar." The band also gets surprisingly (and successfully) philosophical in "Nobody's Fault."

Pump (1989)
This is one of the top five albums released by Aerosmith since the band re-formed in 1985. Songs like "Love in an Elevator" show that the old guys can still rock, while "Janie's Got a Gun" demonstrates that their songwriting has matured. Three tracks reached the top ten as singles, and one of these ("Janie's Got a Gun") won the band their first Grammy.

Images

Aerosmith
Here's the band in all their '70s glory.

The Toxic Twins
Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, dubbed this extreme—but fitting—nickname.

Father and Daughter
Steven and Liv Tyler.

Websites

Aerosmith Official Site
Here's the band's official site, complete with news, photos, and Aero Force one (the band's official fan club).

Video & Audio

"I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing" Music Video
Here's the video from the film Armageddon.

"Dream On" Live Music Video
Here's Aerosmith's—and perhaps rock's—first power ballad.

"Crazy" Music Video
This was Liv Tyler's screen debut.

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