Thomas William Tom Hamilton is an American musician, best known as the bassist for the hard rock band Aerosmith. He has regularly co-written songs for Aerosmith, including two of the bands biggest hits, Sweet Emotion and Janies Got a Gun, Hamilton occasionally plays guitar and sings backing vocals. Hamilton first started playing guitar when his older brother Scott taught him his first chords at age 12, Tom switched to bass when he was 14 to join a local band because they had an open space at that position. Hamilton was in a few bands with soon-to-be Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, One of the bands was simply called The Jam Band. It was at a Jam Band gig in summer 1970 at a place called The Barn in Sunapee, New Hampshire, that the Jam Band met Steven Tyler, Scott left the group shortly thereafter, being replaced by Tyler on drums. The three became a trio with Hamilton on bass, Perry on guitar, and Tyler on drums. Then Ray Tabano joined and eventually Joey Kramer joined in replacing Tyler on drums so he could focus on vocals, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford and Aerosmith was born. Thomas William Hamilton was born to George and Betty Hamilton in Colorado Springs, George and Betty now live in Vero Beach, Florida. He has a brother named Scott, an older sister named Perry. His father was in the Air Force and his mother was a housewife and he first learned to play guitar from his brother, who got his first guitar when Tom was four years old. Hamilton is the tallest member of the band at 61 and he is also the funny one of Aerosmith, always looking for chances to make jokes in interviews and also being one of the bigger talkers at interviews. According to the official website, Hamiltons favorite song by the band is The Farm. He married Terry Cohen in 1975 and they have two children, Julian and Sage, in August 2006, he announced that he was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer and completed a seven-week course of radiation and chemotherapy. He was forced to miss Aerosmiths Route of All Evil Tour, David Hull filled in for Hamilton. Hamilton had never missed an Aerosmith show. On December 20,2006, Hamilton reported on Aero Force One that he is cancer-free after a recent PET scan. Hamiltons cancer returned in 2011, and he has since been treated and is recovering well In April 2013 and he returned to the USA after contracting an infection in the chest region. David Hull, who has replaced Hamilton in other tours of Aerosmith, early in 2016, Hamilton was also announced as the new bassist for Thin Lizzy and will play with them on upcoming reunion shows
Hamilton performing with Aerosmith on the Blue Army Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 4, 2015.