“My friend came to my taco stand, telling me Leslie West wanted to jam. I was like, ‘What kind of drugs are you on? I’ve never even played a club before’”: At 17, Peter Baron went from street food vendor to playing with a rock guitar icon overnight

Peter Baron (left) and Leslie West perform onstage
(Image credit: Greg Derespino)

In 1973, at 17, Peter Baron was given the chance to tour beside Leslie West. He grabbed the opportunity by the horns, and has spent a lifetime applying the lessons he learned on tour en route to a stellar career. 

In conversation with Baron, it's immediately apparent that his enthusiasm for the guitar is endless – any mention of a Les Paul or Marshall brings salivatory expressions to his face. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Baron's “ultimate guitar rig” is, as it was during his days with Leslie West, “a Les Paul, and a 100-watt Marshall.”

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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.