Music lovers surely know Joe Perry, the electrifying lead guitarist, and co-founder of one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands – Aerosmith. Joe Perry began experimenting with the guitar at the tender age of 10, and today he has a collection of 600 guitars – a very commendable achievement for a musician.
A true guitar hero, he was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best guitarists of all time. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Aerosmith in 2001. Two years later, in 2003, Joe – together with his songwriting partner Steven Tyler – was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Who Is Joe Perry? Bio, Age
Anthony Joseph Pereira, better known as Joe Perry, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on September 10, 1950. He was the only son of Anthony Pereira, who was an accountant of Portuguese descent, and Mary Ursillo, who worked as a gymnastics teacher at a high school. The young star was raised by his parents alongside his sister Anne-Marie Pereira.
The young musician picked up his first guitar at the tender age of ten and mastered the instrument with his right hand, although he was left-handed.
The guitar came by nature, academics did not. His helpless parents were forced to transfer him from a public school to a private school in Saxtons River because of an unrecognized learning disability that culminated in an accumulation of poor grades. Joe left the private school his senior year and moved to Boston when he refused to cut his long hair as required by the school board.
Together with his childhood friend Tom Hamilton, the rising star formed a band called “The Jam Band”, which later turned into Aerosmith when other artists such as Joey Kramer, Steven Tyler, and Brad Whitford joined the band. Aerosmith became a household name in the mid-’70s with a string of hits, which earned the band an endless string of honors and awards.
Beyond his musical career, the renowned artist has also made a name for himself in acting and has appeared in several films and television series. Joe Perry is also a competent businessman with his own food company “Joe Perry’s Rock Your World”, which was founded in 2003.
Personal Life: Wife & Kids
The Aerosmith guitarist was married to Elyssa Jerret from 1975 to 1982. Before their divorce, they had a son named Adrian. Joe has two other sons – Tony and Roman – from his second wife Billie, who had a son, Aaron, from a previous relationship. The marriage of Joe and Billie was made in 1985 after a two-year relationship. The couple met in 1983 on the set of the music video for Black Velvet Pants.
Joe Perry, who can be called a one-woman man, has maintained his marriage with Billie for the past 33 years. He even engraved her picture on a guitar that he gave her as a special gift. According to music legend, the two longest relationships in his life today are with Aerosmith and his wife Billie.
Two of his sons, Adrian and Tony, in turn, follow in the footsteps of their rock star father. Together with the popular drummer Ben Tileston, they formed the band “Dead Boots” and their father is one of their biggest fans.
The members of the Perry family are well-known animal lovers and have supported several just causes for the preservation and improvement of animal life.
Height, Weight & Body Measurements
Joe Perry has an athletic build. He stands high at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 70.3 kg (155lbs). He also wears a shoe size of 11 US.
Unfortunately, the details of his other body measurements are not publicly known.
Joe Perry: Net Worth
The co-founder of the American rock band Aerosmith has accumulated a whopping 120 million dollars as his net worth. It is assumed that the proud sum comes mainly from his music career.
In addition to his music career, acting, which is his second interest, has also contributed immensely to his wealth. A few years ago the music legend founded his own food company, “Joe Perry’s Rock Your World”, which is considered a profitable business venture.