Toxic Twins

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 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 most of the past 30 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.

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[1] and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[2]



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, Tyler and Perry are part of the "Boneyard Boys", a loose collective of musicians which was formed in the late 1990s to include Tyler and Perry and friends Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson who, among others, helped spearhead the songwriting, production, and much of the creative process in Aerosmith. Their rerecording of "Back in the Saddle" appear legally but without their permission in the film Shanghai Noon.


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

Personal life[edit]

  • 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 Nugent 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[edit]

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

Similar musical duos[edit]

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" - Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Steve Clark; and "The Muddy Twins" - Hanoi Rocks' Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy as well as the "Liverpool Twins" John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the "Jersey Twins" Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. 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.
  • In 9: The Last Resort, Tyler and Perry voice a pair of antagonists known as the Toxic Twins.



  1. ^ "Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to Receive ASCAP Founders Award at 30th annual Pop Music Awards". Hollywood Reporter. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  2. ^ "Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Picked for Songwriters Hall of Fame". Rolling Stone. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-23.