“Steve Vai is phenomenal – I’m not sure he gets the credit that he should”: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry names 8 guitarists who shaped his sound

Joe Perry performs in concert with Alice Cooper at the HEB Center on July 29, 2019 in Cedar Park, Texas.
(Image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

After 50 years of musical exploits that include hit songs, massive tours, sleazy riffs and gutsy solos, one thing is painfully obvious: there will never be another Joe Perry.

Alongside Brad Whitford, Perry formed what's often considered the greatest guitar duo in rock history, the linchpin of Aerosmith, aka America's greatest rock 'n' roll band. Cuts like Walk This Way, Janie's Got a Gun, and Cryin' all bear Perry's bluesy signature, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.