Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Remembers the Late Chuck Berry: ‘He’s An Icon’

Joe Perry is remembering the father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday at age 90.

Looking back, the Aerosmith guitarist says he credits Berry for influencing him as a young musician.

“Some of the first licks you learn are Chuck Berry licks,” Perry told PEOPLE. “You’re captured by rock n’ roll, and when I heard Chuck Berry it was perfect.”

“It can’t get any better than that,” continued Perry, 66. “Then to be able to sit down and that first time you can actually play along to Chuck Berry songs—that’s like the key that unlocks the door. Like, ‘Wow I can do that, let me try to this.’ It’s that kind of a thing.”  Continue reading Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Remembers the Late Chuck Berry: ‘He’s An Icon’