Joe Perry

Born: September 10, 1950
Boston, MA, USA

Joe Perry was inspired to play rock and roll at the young age of 6, when a neighbor let him listen to a Little Richard album. He became infatuated with rock, and bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones made him pick up a guitar and teach himself to play. By the time he was a teenager, his new idols were Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, and Jeff Beck. He jammed along with his albums, learning blues riffs and hooks that would eventually make up much of his style. He began joining garage bands and meeting musicians. Among his new friends was a man named Steven Tallarico, and the two of them formed began jamming together with Tom Hamilton. Soon they added Joey Kramer and Ray Tabano (who would later be replaced by Brad Whitford), and renamed themselves Aerosmith. The band signed with Columbia and released their self-titled debut album, which received a huge underground following, even though it didn’t do well in the charts. Aerosmith’s constant gigging and self-promotion put them over the top with fans. The band was known for their excesses, however, and their newly found success didn’t help. Throughout the 70’s, tales of Aerosmith’s lack of control became legendary, and the more hit albums, they produced, the worse their reputation grew to be. In 1979, however, Perry left the band in order to pursue his own band, the Joe Perry Project. He had recruited Ralph Mormon on vocals, David Hull on bass and Ronnie Stewart on drums, and released a debut album, Let the Music Do the Talking. The new band had much promise, but didn’t last and, after two more moderately successful solo albums, Perry decided to patch things up with Tyler, and the two of them reformed Aerosmith. With a reunion tour, the band was back on top, and the band decided to kick their drug and alcohol habits for good. Since the mid-80’s, Aerosmith has enjoyed steady success, releasing hit albums such as Permanent Vacation and Pump. Recently, Perry and the rest of Aerosmith were inducted into Cleveland, Ohio’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have inspired a generation of rockers, and are legends in their own time, even though they are now known for poppy ballads that are formulated for MTV and mainstream radio airplay.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter

Pop/Top40 Heavy Metal

Bands That Joe Perry Has Played For:

Joe Perry Has Worked With:
Steven Tyler Brad Whitford Tom Hamilton Joey Kramer Jam Master Jay DMC Joseph Simmons Russell Simmons

Artists That Were Influenced By Joe Perry:
Slash Warren DeMartini Lita Ford
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