American hard rock institution Aerosmith grudgingly acknowledged the dire state of affairs within their operation with the title of their sixth studio album, ‘Night in the Ruts,’ which arrived on Nov. 1, 1979 like some kind of condemned spirit of good times past, returning to haunt those left behind. Continue reading 35 Years Ago: Aerosmith Spend A ‘Night In The Ruts’ Read More: 35 Years Ago: Aerosmith Spend A ‘Night In The Ruts’
These days Perry’s ’59 Les Paul resides in a vault, and he tours with a Gibson Custom replica. – Photo by Ken Settle.
Joe Perry is a guitar-playing kraken—a legendary and impressive creature in his long hair, leather vests, chains, and scarves. When he propels his ripped physique across the stage with a guitar strapped over his left shoulder dispensing delirious bends, wiggy vibrato, and riffs that swagger between major and minor, he’s every bit the classic rock star in the mold of Hendrix, Beck, Page, Townshend, Richards, and other near-mythic giants.