He wanted to be a marine biologist.
After the night of February 9th, 1964, America’s children were fantasizing about playing rock n’ roll on stage in front of hundreds of screaming teenaged girls. A fourteen year-old Joe Perry was amongst one of those dreamers. Like many other kids at that time, he was given a Silvertone acoustic as a first guitar. Had he not watched The Ed Sullivan show that night (or ever again) he probably still would have gone on to become one of the most impactful rock guitarists of our time. After all, the progression of that decade also would birth The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and countless other acts that still continue to influence future generations of awkward teenagers who just want to be cool.
But he was almost a marine biologist. Think about that.
Extremely Selected Discography:
Toys in the Attic (1975) Columbia
Rocks (1976) Columbia
Permanent Vacation (1987) Geffen
Pump (1989) Geffen
Get a Grip (1993) Geffen
The Joe Perry Project
Let the Music Do the Talking (1998) Columbia
Have Guitar, Will Travel (2009) Roman Records
Hollywood Vampires (2015) Republic/UMe
Theme music composer Spider-Man (1994)
Joe Perry’s Rock Your World Barbeque Sauce (Boneyard Brew, Mango Peach Tango, and Original) Sadly, discontinued.