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JOE PERRY

 FULL NAME: Anthony Joseph Perry
 NICKNAME
   Joe Fuckin' Perry
   Joe Freakin' Perry
   the King of Cool

 BIRTHDAY: September 10, 1950
 PLACE OF BIRTH: Lawrence, Mass.
 INSTRUMENTS: Guitars, Backup vocals
 OTHER BANDS:
   Flash
   My Hopedale Band
   Plastic Glass
   Pipe Dreams / Jam Band (with Tom Hamilton)
   Joe Perry Project

 FAMILY: Click for Joe Perry's Family Tree
 HEIGHT: 5'11"
 HAIR COLOR: Black
 EYE COLOR: Brown
 
FAVORITE...
 SPORT: Water-ski
 COLLECTS Knives
 
JOE PERRY ON MUSIC
 Second best album of 1993: Tom Waits "Bone Machine"
 Favorite albums of 1994:
   "Voodoo Lounge" by the Rolling Stones
   "Dirt" by Alice in Chains
 Joe's top albums of 1997:
   Oasis - Be Here Now
   Aerosmith - Nine Lives
   Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
   Loreena McKennitt - Book of Secrets
 In 1994, Joe Perry stated that this would be his "dream" festival
   Led Zeppelin
   Jimi Hendrix
   Deep Purple
   AC/DC
   and of course Aerosmith! He said Aerosmith would headline
 Most awesome concert he's ever missed:
   Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jeff Beck
 Likes (and has performed onstage with)
   Melissa Etheridge and Carly Simon (not at the same time!)
 "What bands do you like today (1997)?"
I like Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, and Pearl Jam. But sometimes they're so self-absorbed, I don't understand that. There's a band Rasputina, girls who play cellos, it's arty and weird. Pretty interesting. I like DGeneration. They have a New York street kind of thing, and this band KISS that's on the road.
 Favorite song to play during the Get a Grip tour: "Livin' On The Edge"
 Some bands he likes: Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson, Deep Purple, Beatles and Led Zeppelin



    Various Joe Perry Facts

  • Joe has Pet Tarantulas!

  • Has three solo albums (Let the Music Do the Talking, I've got the Rock'n'Rolls Again, Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker) with the Joe Perry Project

  • The album "Rocks" is dedicated to his father

  • His father is Portuguese and his mother is Italian

  • His father was an accountant and his mother was a P.E. teacher in school and then an aerobics instructor!

  • Used to work at and ice cream parlor called The Anchorage where Steven used to come in

  • He started playing guitar at age 6 and never had guitar lessons.

  • He wrote and performed the theme music for the TV cartoon "Spider-Man"

  • Worst airplane experience: "A 25 hour flight from Sydney to L.A. with no Grey Poupon mustard."

  • What's always in his refrigerator: "Hot sauce"

  • Favorite item of clothing: "Pants. Don't leave home without them."

  • His speciality in the kitchen: "Indian curry"

  • His first guitar was a ukelele that his uncle made.

  • Also worked as a janitor in a Boston synagogue.

  • Is an amateur pilot. (and likes to hang out in the cockpit on his flights)

  • Joe Perry was in the band the least amount of time. Although Brad Whitford joined the group later than Perry, Perry was away longer with his solo project.

  • If he couldn't live in Mass., he'd would live in Maui

  • Stupidest thing he's ever done on stage is strip naked (I've been told it was a g string and he only changed clothes on stage - not that I personally care..)

  • Weirdest place he's ever been naked is on stage in Lubbock, Texas

  • Favorite venue to play: Orpheum Theater-Boston, MA

  • Favorite Simpsons character: Homer

  • Best sight in Boston: Logan Airport

  • Last thing he does before he goes on stage? "Pee"

  • When the Joe Perry project was over, he considered taking a sideman position with Alice Cooper

  • In 1984, he sued Leber-Krebs and won

  • Has a pool shaped like the body of a guitar, it doesn't have the neck however.

  • Sings Walk On Down (off of Get a Grip), Bright Light Fright (off of Draw the Line), and South Station Blues (off of Pandora's Box - from the Joe Perry Project) and "Falling off" from "Nine Lives"

  • Was so out of it that he had no idea that Columbia Records had released Greatest Hits until a fan approached him in a supermarket and asked him to autograph a copy.

  • Does he like reading Aerosmith reviews after a show? "Yes, particularly when they talk about the music."

  • The "last book he read" was Timemaster by Robert Forward

  • Favorite resaurant in the world: Redbones in Somerville, MA (and the pizza in Mama Kin's Bitchin' Kitchen).

  • What would he have done if he hadn't been in Aerosmith: Be in the Joe Perry Project

  • Favorite designer: "I'm not really attached to any one particular designer. I'm more into t-shirts and jeans."

  • Adrian Perry (Joe's oldest son, born on January 25th 1981, from his first marriage, with Elyssa Jerret) is also a musician. He is currently singer/guitarist/songwriter in the band 60/40 breakdown. You can find more info on them at http://www.6040breakdown.com. He has previously played in such bands as Dexter and The Feds.

    For more info on Adrian Perry use the following links:
    - Article about Adrian (from 1997, or so)
    - Bio of Adrian from 6040breakdown.com (2001)

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