Legacy: In the ’70s, seemingly everyone wanted Aerosmith to be America’s (and especially Boston’s) answer to the likes of The Rolling Stones. Aerosmith never got there, not by a longshot, but they still released plenty of classic tunes.
How It Was Destroyed: For over a decade, the former bad boys increasingly turned away from rock until they found themselves channeling their inner Celine Dion for one of 1998’s two asteroid movies. (Hint: One of them didn’t star Morgan Freeman.) Also, Steven Tyler was recently a judge on American Idol. Yes, really.
Can It Be Restored? If we’re being honest, then we have to admit the band only had a couple good albums in the first place. Besides, can you ever unsee this? –Frank Mojica