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Joe Perry

Anthony Joseph "Joe Perry" Pereira (born September 10, 1950) is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. He is influenced by many rock artists especially The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. He was ranked 84th in the Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The paternal side of Perry's family are Portuguese, originally from Madeira. His grandfather changed the family's name from Pereira to Perry upon arriving in the United States. His maternal side is Italian, more specifically Neapolitan. Perry was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and grew up in the small town of Hopedale, Massachusetts. There, his father was an accountant and his mother a high school gym teacher and later an aerobics instructor. She later retired to Arizona when Perry's father died in 1975. Perry also attended the prep school Vermont Academy, a boarding school of about 232 students in Saxtons River, Vermont. During Joe Perry's early years he formed a band with Tom Hamilton called The Jam Band. Steven Tyler, Joe, Tom, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer eventually joined and the band became Aerosmith. While initially dismissed

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Steven Tyler -- If I Read Joe Perry's Book ... It's Gonna Be War (VIDEO)

Steven Tyler
If I Read Joe Perry's Book It's Gonna Be War

Steven Tyler's not trying to derail the gravy train that is Aerosmith ... which is why he doesn't want to know if he gets slammed in guitarist Joe Perry's new autobiography. We asked… READ MORE >

Joe Perry Vandalizes Wall -- Dude Looks Like a Tagger

Joe Perry
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Joe Perry -- Grudging Acceptance of 'American Idol'

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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry seems to finally get it ... Steven Tyler's gig on "American Idol" is good for the band. Perry was at LAX yesterday when he was asked how he felt about Tyler… READ MORE >

- 1066 days ago
Aerosmith -- Stomaching Each Other in Hawaii

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- 1129 days ago
Steven Tyler to Aerosmith -- You CAN'T Fire Me!!

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Steven Tyler claims he took the gig on "American Idol" to show his Aerosmith bandmates that he wouldn't be "held hostage" by them ... after the band threatened to kick Tyler to the curb. Tyler… READ MORE >

- 1332 days ago
Joe Perry -- Ninja Attack on 'American Idol'

Joe Perry
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Joe Perry is continuing to blast his Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler over his new "American Idol" gig -- but now, Joe's done dragged the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into the feud. Perry went off… READ MORE >

- 1563 days ago
Joe Perry -- The Steven Tyler Shove Was an Accident

Joe Perry -- The Steven Tyler Shove Was an Accident

Joe Perry claims he never intended to shove Steven Tyler off of the stage during an Aerosmith concert in Toronto earlier this week ... no matter how intentional it may have looked on the video. A… READ MORE >

- 1581 days ago
Aero Assault -- Perry Shoves Steven Tyler Off Stage

Aero Assault
Perry Shoves Steven Tyler Off Stage

TMZ has obtained video ... showing Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hip-checking Steven Tyler off the stage and into a crowd at a concert in Toronto last night ... and it didn't look like no… READ MORE >

- 1583 days ago
'Idol' Is Finally Over!

'Idol'
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With performances by Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and BeBe and CeCe Winans, last night Jordin Sparks was crowned the latest "American Idol" on what seemed more like a "Solid Gold" rerun than the… READ MORE >

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