After five years working with Peter Frampton, Darren Hurst became Joe Perry’s tech. Here he talks the secrets behind the guitar great's sound, and why his favorite Perry guitar isn't a Les Paul or the famous “Burned Strat”...
In this exclusive interview, Perry looks back at every era of the rock institution: how their rapid rise ultimately took its toll, why Van Halen caused him to quit in the ’80s, how he and Steven Tyler reconciled their differences, and why he finds himself playing Strats more than Gibsons
Whitford played leads on some of the band’s biggest hits, but rarely gets acknowledged for it, reckons Perry
The guitarist has discussed his feelings around Alice Cooper duo Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner’s involvement in selected tracks from Get Your Wings
It wasn’t just personal struggles that led Perry and the band to part ways in 1979, but a need for new ideas
As the rock ’n’ roll legends gear up for their farewell tour, Perry names the trailblazers who inspired his trademark rock guitar swagger: “There are some wizards on YouTube that are incredible, but these guys are the ones that started it all”
The Aerosmith man once met Kurt Cobain backstage in Seattle, but says the Nirvana frontman was almost non-verbal
Armed with a custom Telecaster equipped with both a whammy bar and a reverse headstock, the Aerosmith man doffed his cap to one of his heroes with a faithful, impassioned cover of the iconic instrumental
The two Yardbirds alumni and Aerosmith icon – who each had history with the song – were joined by Ronnie Wood and Flea for the rendition, which featured a who's who of rhythm heroes and lead legends
The Aerosmith legend demystifies the myth of the vintage classics and discusses his own signature models, and just where the iconic single-cut figures in finding his sound
In his own words, the Aerosmith guitarist reflects on his hero – and that time he accidentally stole his fuzz pedal and paid him back with a Klon Centaur
The Aerosmith legend explains why he considers Strats to be superior studio guitars, while Gibson Les Pauls make better live instruments
Perry has his own legendary '59 model that he adores, but that doesn't mean – the Aerosmith guitar-slinger says – that every one of the legendary models has that same magic
Beck would ultimately pull out of his performance in Paris with the hard-rock giants – and, potentially, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry – leaving these rehearsal videos as a tantalizing 'what if'
The Aerosmith guitarist gifted Beck "the ’59 Les Paul of pedals" during rehearsals for the latter's all-star Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance in 2009 "to adjust the karma"
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford and co hit the stage for the first time since February 2020 ahead of their Las Vegas residency later this year
The Aerosmith axeman also revealed he recently found the original amp he used to track the album, and divulged plans to bring it out of hibernation in the near future
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