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Guitar Greats: Joe Perry

How essential is Joe Perry to Aerosmith?  When touring in support of Rock In A Hard Place in 1982 after he left the band, they were often greeted with "Where's Joe f*cking Perry?!" heckles.

You know frustration is at a peak when someone pays to see a band only to yell at them.

But that's just proof at how beloved Perry is.  Without his own swagger and bluesy riffs, the band just isn't the same.

 

1973: L-R Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform live in 1973 in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

Joe Perry of the American rock band Aerosmith performing on May 31, 1974 in New York City.

 

Joe Perry from Aerosmith performs live on stage at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island, USA on 27th October 1975.

 

Aerosmith Backstage

Guitarist Joe Perry, with a BC Rich Mockingbird guitar, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith backstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 10, 1976. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Joe Perry, with a BC Rich Mockingbird guitar, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith backstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 10, 1976.

 

Joe Perry from Aerosmith performs live on stage in Germany in August 1977.

 

Joe Perry of the rock band Joe Perry Project performs onstage at the Country Club on August 22, 1982 in Reseda, California.

 

Joe Perry of the rock and roll band 'Aerosmith' plays a Fender Stratocaster as he performs onstage in circa 1987.

 

Photo of AEROSMITH and Joe PERRY

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Joe Perry performing live onstage.

 

Joe Perry performing live onstage, playing Ampeg Dan Armstrong perspex plexiglass guitar.

 

Joe Perry performing live onstage, playing gold sparkle Fender Stratocaster guitar.

 

Joe Perry performing with Aerosmith at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 6, 1997.

 

Joe Perry and Steve Tyler of Aerosmith perform during United We Stand Concert - Show at RFK Stadium in Washington DC, United States.

 

 

The Aerosmith Rehearsal at the NFL Kickoff Live 2003.

Joe Perry performing live onstage at the Olympiahalle, playing Gibson SG Special guitar.

 

Joe Perry of Areosmith performs in concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 26, 2009 in Wantagh, New York.

 

Joe Perry of American band Aerosmith performs live on stage during a concert at Arena Anhembi on October 30, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Joe Perry of Aerosmith performs at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2013 in New York City.

 

Johnny Depp (L) and Joe Perry during Rock in Rio on September 24, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.