About Joe Perry
Joe Perry's name is synonymous with the raw six-string energy that gives rock phenomenon Aerosmith their trademark edge. The power and craftsmanship of his guitar playing has transfixed fans for over 30 years and placed him in rock'n'roll history.
Like so many guitar virtuosos, Joe Perry first became interested in playing at a very young age. Classic tracks like 'Rock Around the Clock' and 'Tutti Frutti' marked his childhood, and later legends like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles made their entrance. He picked up the guitar in his teens and started jamming to blues-rockers The Yardbirds and John Mayall. These influences worked their way into his style, leading to the tough and rough blues licks and riffs that would later make Aerosmith famous.
Some of Perry's earlier band efforts were with groups like Flash, Just Us and Plastic Glass before getting together with Tom Hamilton to form The Jam Band. Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer soon joined them and they changed the moniker to 'Aerosmith', just because nobody had a problem with the name. The band stole the '70s music scene with thrusts of metal, glam and cool urban charisma. They combined the blues grit of the Stones and The Yardbirds with the heavy riffing of Led Zeppelin and in no time their tours were sold-out, albums like 'Get Your Wings', 'Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks' went gold and platinum and they were off to become one of the world's biggest rock bands.
The '80s were tougher times for Aerosmith and both Perry and Whitford left the band to pursue solo projects. Perry's band, The Joe Perry Project, issued an inspired and well-received debut called 'Let the Music Do the Talking' followed by 'I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again' in 1981 and 'Once a rocker, always a rocker' in 1983.
1984 saw Aerosmith reunite and the band went on to collaborate with big-name songwriters and producers to launch their long-awaited comeback. What followed was a fruitful collaboration with rappers Run DMC for a remake of Aerosmith's 1975 hit 'Walk This Way' and a string of successful albums including 'Pump' and 'Get a Grip'. In 1998, Perry helped create the group's first number one hit single, 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing', which was featured on the soundtrack to the box-office success film Armageddon. Aerosmith kept the pace up throughout the 90s and 2000s with their bone-shaking rock riffs releasing acclaimed albums like 'Just Push Play' and 'Honkin on Bobo'.
Perry also focused on separate projects during the 2000s including his first solo album, 'Joe Perry', a collection of smoldering tunes in which every instrument but the drums is played by Perry himself. The record received universal praise and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Song ('Mercy'). In 2006, the Joe Perry Project (sporting a new line-up) released 'Have Guitar Will Travel', an album that shows Perry's own musical tastes and is an exciting mix of influences, from the Doors, modern pop rock, Aerosmith to Fleetwood Mac, proving Perry's ferocious guitar skills.
Other solo credits include instrumental music for indie movie 'This Thing of Ours', composing the theme song for the 'Spiderman' TV series, lending his guitar skills to Mick Jagger's 'Godess in the Doorway' and playing 'Les Paul & Friends'.
Ultimately, Joe Perry is one of the maverick guitar greats of all time, one of the rock legends who continuously inspire teens to pick up the guitar. His fiery signature sound is unique and TC is happy to be able to contribute to it. Perry has chosen to use our Hall of Fame Reverb and FlashBack Delay pedals, along with our PolyTune and Studio Bundle Complete professional plug-ins to shape his sound.
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