By unwittingly gifting his son Graham a Les Paul guitar for Christmas at the age of seventeen, Brad Whitford, of Aerosmith fame, started his son down the path to his own success.
Posturing at stage left, faithfully flanking Aerosmith’s titular vocalist, Steven Tyler, Perry’s driving riffs drove home classic tracks such as “Mama Kin,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Walk This Way,” and “Draw the Line.” For the Bad Boys from Boston,” the 70s was truly theirs, as the fivesome took the mantle of “America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band.
Best known as the frontman for the late-stage era of the Joe Perry Project, “Cowboy” Mach Bell’s lineage runs far deeper than the average armchair rock devotee could ever imagine.
On November 7, 1982, at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA – the opening night of Aerosmith’s Rock in a Hard Place tour – Paul Lipke and Matt Smith would forge a lifelong friendship in a decisive moment of serendipity.
Over two decades have passed since Tom Werman last steered the helm of a recording session, but the renowned record producer – whose fingerprints are found on twenty-three gold and platinum records – has firmly cemented his legacy in music history for his deep-rooted contributions to rock music.
As for Tyler, who along with guitarist Joe Perry once made up half of the infamously anointed “toxic twins,” is no stranger to battling addiction. Things actually got so dire for Tyler and his bandmate’s substance abuse troubles that their addictions all but halted the band, sending the once lionized band careening to a disastrous standstill at its initial peak.
In the case of incontestible guitar virtuoso, Michael Schenker, it’s that same desire which spurs him on to move mountains with his ferocious, insatiable licks which continue to drive the six-stringer to both create and release music at a relentless, breakneck pace.
A tremendous amount of attention is given to Tommy Thayer’s career as KISS’ lead guitarist, and rightfully so. This said, if we dig deeper and peel back the proverbial onion, we uncover an over forty-year career in music through which Tommy Thayer has made a truly massive impact on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music.