Joe Perry

Joe Perry was born Anthony Joseph Perry in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on the 10th of September, 1950.

Joe is of Portuguese descent on his Father’s side and Italian descent on his Mother’s side.

Joe cites “The Beatles” as his earliest musical influences and recalls their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” as a powerful event in the development of his musical ambitions.

In his early career Joe formed a group with soon to become Aerosmith bass guitar player Tom Hamilton called “The Jam Band”. In 1969 Joe and Tom moved to Boston where they met soon to become Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer.

In 1970 The Jam Band played at the same venue of a group called “Chain Reaction” that featured soon to become Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler on drums and backing vocals, Steven fell in love with the sound of The Jam Band and proposed that the two groups come together which was agreed upon by both bands.

Steven Tyler stated that in the new group he did not want to play drums but instead wanted to take on the position of frontman and lead singer.
The band moved into a house together on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, it’s here that they rehearsed and wrote songs.

The band decided upon the name “Aerosmith” after Joey Kramer had suggested it, other names the group considered where “Spike Jones” as well as “The Hookers”.


Joe Perry has played a wide variety of guitars and amplifiers throughout his career but he is best known for his Gibson Les Paul’s and Marshall amplifiers.

Other notable guitars Joe has performed and recorded with include a Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecatser, Gretsch, Zemaitis, BC Rich, Echo Park and Dan Electro.

Notable amplifiers that Joe has used while performing and recording include Marshall, Friedman, Jet City, Morris and Budda.

Musical Techniques, Concepts and Approaches

Joe is renowned for his loose and funky rhythmic style and his fluent and melodic lead guitar playing style.

Both his rhythm and lead style are predominantly blues based with a generous serving of hard and heavy rock and roll.

Joe’s lead guitar style uses mixtures of the major and minor pentatonic, dorian and mixolydian modes and is energised with charismatic bends soulful phrases and fast scale runs.

Influence In Rock Guitar Playing

Joe Perry is considered to be one of the most influential rock guitar players in history.

He is cited as a primary figure in the development of hard rock and heavy metal and his bold and charismatic guitar playing has been cited has a crucial influence on such notable guitar players as Slash and James Hetfield.

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