“I got food poisoning. When I’d stopped throwing up, the first thing we did was the solo for Love In An Elevator”: Joe Perry on the unlikely origins of Aerosmith’s greatest guitar moments – and the big regret of his 600-strong guitar collection

The comeback album Done With Mirrors was not a huge success, but then you had the collaboration with Run-DMC on Walk This Way, which introduced Aerosmith to a whole new generation. And then you had multi-platinum albums with 1987’s Permanent Vacation and 1989’s Pump. Did the band feel at home in the MTV era?

“Well, you had to get a great video for your single and all that sh*t. The whole industry had changed. Touring was different. It had become more of an industry, so it wasn’t just about a great song but also having a great video. Then you could go out and sell tickets.”

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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.