The Toxic Twins is a nickname given to lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry of American hard rock band Aerosmith. They were given that name in the 1970s, due to their rampant use of drugs 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 going clean and maintaining sobriety for a period of time. 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.
An accomplished songwriting duo, the Toxic Twins are often referred to as the “Tyler/Perry” partnership in songwriting and have written over 85 songs together. In 2013, Tyler and Perry were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.