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The Toxic Twins performing together in concert.

The Toxic Twins is a nickname given to lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry of American hard rock band Aerosmith. They have also been referred to as the Tyler/Perry partnership in songwriting. They were given that name in the 1970s, due to their rampant use of drugs and alcohol both on and off stage, which was a "toxic" combination that almost ended their careers and their lives.

To this day, they are still commonly referred to by this nickname, despite coming clean and maintaining sobriety for the past 20 years. Their camaraderie can be viewed in several of the band's videos, such as The Making of Pump, Big Ones You Can Look At, and You Gotta Move.

The two are longtime friends and in the early 1980s Steven Tyler came close to crying in a television interview when discussing the pain he felt since Joe Perry left the band. Both Tyler and Perry team up for the majority of Aerosmith's songwriting (they share songwriting credits on over 80 songs) and leadership responsibilities, and are the most recognized members of the band. Because of this, the three remaining members of Aerosmith, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer are known jokingly within the band as the "LI3" or "Less interesting three".





Often, the toxic twins will appear for special performances, appearances, and collaborations, without the other members of Aerosmith. Notable times when this has happened, include:

Additionally, Steven and Joe are part of the "Boneyard Boys", a group which formed circa late 1990s to include Steven, Joe, and friends Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson, among others, who help spearhead the songwriting, production, and much of the creative process in Aerosmith.


The two used to co-own a restaurant in Norwell, MA called Mount Blue, of which they have since sold their shares.


  • In the mid-1990s, between the albums Get a Grip and Nine Lives, Tyler and Perry and their families vacationed together in Florida.
  • The Toxic Twins were also notably featured in Ted Nugent's book God, Guns, and Rock 'n' Roll, in which Ted praises the duo for coming clean and talks about how they came to his ranch in the 1990s to shoot firearms and spend time with him and his family.

Songwriting Partnership

Tyler and Perry are a notable songwriting duo, and have an impressive collection of songs they have written together. Among these are:

  • "Fever" (1993)
  • "Livin' on the Edge" (with Mark Hudson) (1993)
  • "Flesh" (with Child) (1993)
  • "Shut Up and Dance" (with Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw) (1993)
  • "Cryin'" (with Taylor Rhodes) (1993)
  • "Gotta Love It" (with Hudson) (1993)
  • "Crazy" (with Child) (1993)
  • "Line Up" (with Lenny Kravitz) (1993)
  • "Boogie Man" (with Vallance) (1993)
  • "Don't Stop" (with Vallance) (1993)
  • "Can't Stop Messin'" (with Blades and Shaw) (1993)
  • "Head First" (with Vallance) (1993)
  • "Walk on Water" (with Blades and Shaw) (1994)
  • "Blind Man" (with Rhodes) (1994)
  • "Nine Lives" (with Marti Frederiksen) (1997)
  • "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (with Glen Ballard) (1997)
  • "Hole in My Soul" (with Child) (1997)
  • "Taste of India" (with Ballard) (1997)
  • "Something's Gotta Give" (with Frederiksen) (1997)
  • "Ain't That a Bitch" (with Child) (1997)
  • "The Farm" (with Hudson and Steve Dudas) (1997)
  • "Crash" (with Hudson and Dominik Miller) (1997)
  • "Attitude Adjustment" (with Frederiksen) (1997)
  • "Fallen Angels" (with Richard Supa) (1997)
  • "What Kind of Love Are You On" (with Blades and Shaw) (1998)
  • "Angel's Eye" (with Frederiksen and Rhodes) (2000)
  • "Beyond Beautiful" (with Frederiksen and Hudson) (2001)
  • "Trip Hoppin'" (with Frederiksen and Hudson) (2001)
  • "Sunshine" (with Frederiksen) (2001)
  • "Under My Skin" (with Frederiksen and Hudson) (2001)
  • "Luv Lies" (with Frederiksen and Hudson) (2001)
  • "Outta Your Head" (with Frederiksen) (2001)
  • "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (with Hudson) (2001)
  • "Light Inside" (with Frederiksen) (2001)
  • "Avant Garden" (with Frederiksen and Hudson) (2001)
  • "Face" (with Frederiksen) (2001)
  • "Girls of Summer" (with Frederiksen) (2002)
  • "Lay it Down" (with Frederiksen and DeGrate) (2002)
  • "The Grind" (with Frederiksen) (2004)
  • "Devil's Got a New Disguise" (with Diane Warren) (2006)
  • "Sedona Sunrise" (with Vallance) (2006)

Similar Musical Duos

The name "Toxic Twins" may have been inspired by one of the duo's main influences, the "Glimmer Twins", the nickname for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Additionally, it may have inspired other musical nicknames, like the "Terror Twins" of Def Leppard and "The Suicide Twins" of Hanoi Rocks. Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee were also known as the Terror Twins.


  • An achievement in the Xbox 360 version of the game Guitar Hero II, is titled the "Joe and Steven Award" in tribute to the Toxic Twins. It is awarded to two players who can get a 500 note streak in cooperative mode.



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