Joe Perry Recalls His First Reaction To Van Halen And Guns N’ Roses’ Debut Albums


Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry recently joined SPIN for an interview and talked about Guns N’ Roses and Van Halen. The musician revealed what he thought when he heard their debut studio albums for the first time and said they just blew him away.

Aerosmith gave their last live performance in February 2020, before the pandemic just started. They had the UK and European tour scheduled for 2020, but they postponed it to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later on, it was rescheduled for the summer of 2022. The band announced a few months ago that they again canceled the tour due to the ongoing COVID situation and hope to see the fans as soon as possible.

However, the fans are lucky that they won’t have to wait too long to watch Aerosmith live as they announced they would be back on stage with the ‘Deuces Are Wild’ residency this June as part of their 50th-anniversary celebration. The band will be performing 24 shows in total, and the performances are scheduled to begin on June 17 and end on December 11.

After talking about the upcoming Las Vegas shows, Joe Perry also spoke about the band’s 1979 album, ‘Night in the Ruts,’ which includes powerful songs with inventive guitar riffs. The guitarist stated that the music audience was changing in those years thanks to Eddie Van Halen’s creative genius, so there was also a little bit of change in their sounds.

Then, Perry also recalled hearing the first Van Halen record, released in 1978 and expressed that he was completely blown away by it during that period. Then, he also referred to the first Guns N’ Roses record, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ released in 1987, which made him feel exactly the same way.

Joe Perry’s words on the first Van Halen and the first Guns N’ Roses records:

“The thing is, too, the audiences were changing. Eddie Van Halen single-handedly turned the focus on guitar players from England and the eastern United States to L.A. Eddie was just a once-in-a-generation musician. He’s known for his guitar, but he was equally comfortable playing the keyboards. He was a genius.

I remember I was at one of my last rehearsals with Aerosmith when I heard the first Van Halen record, and it just blew me away. The only other record I ever felt that way about was the first Guns N’ Roses record. They basically took the best of what had gone on for 20 years and made it their own. I mean, goddamn.”

Besides the first Van Halen record, Joe Perry also praised Eddie Van Halen’s fantastic instrument skills. Everyone knows Eddie is one of the most inventive guitarists, but he also mentioned his impressive keyboard skills and stressed his musical versatility.

You can listen to both albums below.