“Eddie turned guitar on its ear... I remember saying, ‘We’re not ready for the ’80s’”: Joe Perry says after hearing Van Halen’s first record he knew it was time to take a break from Aerosmith

Eddie Van Halen and Joe Perry in 1979 and 1978, respectively
(Image credit: Koh Hasebe / Shinko Music / Larry Hulst / Getty Images)

Joe Perry has said that hearing the first Van Halen record confirmed his sense that Aerosmith were “not ready for the ’80s” and thinks the feeling contributed (albeit indirectly) to his departure from the group in the late-’70s.

The Aerosmith guitar icon is interviewed in the new issue of Guitar World in an expansive feature marking the band’s 50th anniversary.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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