Joe Perry, one of music’s most significant artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award, presented to remarkably distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry. HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES bandmate and actor Johnny Depp presented Perry with the award, then joined Perry, Brad Whitford and Alice Cooper on stage for a live performance. Also appearing with them were Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) on drums, Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) on bass and Colin Douglas on percussion.
The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries, including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, Peter Gabriel and Slash.
Perry dedicated the award to his manager Howard Kaufman, who recently passed away. Continue reading HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Perform At 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards
Forbes caught up with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry at NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA.
Perry talked about doing outside projects like Hollywood Vampires and if those other outlets give him a new appreciation for his main band when taking a break: Continue reading JOE PERRY – “AEROSMITH IS LIKE A SHIP, TO STEER IT, TO MAKE IT MOVE, IT’S A BIG DEAL”
Musician Joe Perry, left, Dave Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar, center, and Peter Leinheiser, Senior Director of GIbson Entertainment Relations. (Matt Sayles/AP Images for Gibson Brands)
Imagine you start a little mom and pop business that grows into a billion-dollar business. That is, of course, the dream. Anything we undertake we want to be successful. But there are sacrifices that come with that success; among them, being much more heavily scrutinized and it’s much harder to be spontaneous as you have more people to answer to.
So of course you are thankful for the success, but every once in a while you dream of what it would be like to start over with a new venture, give yourself a new challenge, one with more freedom. That is kind of the position Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry nicely finds himself in as he explained when I met with him at the NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California.
Aerosmith, which started as a garage band in Boston in the early ‘70s. has gone on to be the bestselling American rock band of all time, with over 150 million albums sold worldwide and over 70 million just in the U.S. So as he understandably says, “Without a doubt, Aerosmith is a big machine.”
Joe Perry of Aerosmith accepts the Les Paul Award during the TEC Awards at the NAMM Show in Anaheim on Saturday. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The video montage that was played Saturday night just before Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry accepted his Les Paul Award at the 32nd annual NAMM TEC Awards was a valiant attempt to quickly encapsulate the massive career and impact Perry has had on the music industry. Presented to a packed ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton were a lengthy list of prestigious awards, groundbreaking albums and moments in rock history spread over nearly five decades.
As part of the 2017 winter NAMM show, the 32nd annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), the NAMM Foundation has announced, Aerosmith guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Perry will receive the Les Paul Award, which honors individuals who have “set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology, in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.” The award is set to be presented as part of the NAMM show, at a ceremony on January 21. Perry, one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” is also scheduled to perform live at the event. Perry will join an accomplished group of past Les Paul Award recipients, including Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Slash and Don Was.
This year’s awards ceremony promises to be somewhat thematic, as legendary producer/engineer Jack Douglas will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the same event. The Hall of Fame award was established nearly 30 years ago to recognize great audio technology pioneers, producers and technicians. And Douglas has engineered and produced numerous multi-Platinum Aerosmith albums, including the smash seminal records Toys in the Attic and Rocks. He is also recognized for his work in the early days of the Record Plant Studio, where he engineered John Lennon’s Imagine and The Who’s Who’s Next, among other releases. Continue reading Aerosmith at the NAMM TEC Awards