80s Aerosmith California Tour 1988 Distressed t-shirt Medium
Chest 18 in.
Length 27 in.
Content: 50% cotton 50% polyester
Tag Brand: Spring Ford
This sweet distressed raglan tee remembers the California leg of Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation Tour from 1988. The front of the tee features an awesome caricature illustration of the band members riding in a yellow convertible through California landmarks. The caricature is from the band's 1977 album Draw the Line and it was drawn by artist Al Hirschfeld.
Aerosmith is one of the most prolific rock bands from their time. Consisting of founding members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer as well as long time member Brad Whitford, the band is known for their blues-inspired hard rock sound. Aerosmith found success with their early albums Toys in the Attic and Rocks. They toured extensively through the 70s and charted Hot 100 singles including "Sweet Emotion" and "Dream On". The band members struggled with ongoing drug addiction and the band fell on to hard times when Perry and Whitford left in 1979 and 1981 respectively.
After the band members went to rehab, Perry and Whitford returned and they released a comeback album with little success. However, after their infamous collab with Run-DMC on a rerecording of "Walk This Way" and the release of their ninth studio album Permanent Vacation, the band regained their popularity. They embarked on an eleven month tour in the beginning of 1987 to support the album.
This was their first tour since the band finished rehab and they banned drinking backstage and asked their opening act, Guns N' Roses, not to use drugs in their presence. Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin cites this tour and his subsequent friendship with Tyler, as playing a huge part in his own road to recovery from addiction.
Liv Tyler, Steven Tyler's daughter known for her role as Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, apparently learned that she was Tyler's daughter while attending a show on this tour. She reportedly met Tyler and his other daughter, Mia, after the show and noticed that she looked strikingly like the pair. Later her mother admitted that Tyler was Liv's biological father.
Fits like a modern unisex adult medium. This shirt is distressed, very thin with some light staining and holes, see pics.