The 25 Greatest Guitarists of the 80’s

22. Joe Perry

Aerosmith’s first two records of the 1980s – Rock in a Hard Place (1982) and Done with Mirrors (1985) – were far from stellar. However, Perry and Co. returned, clean and sober, to prominence later in the decade. On 1987’s Permanent Vacation, Perry, one of the stronger blues-infused rock guitarists of the 1970s, came through on popular tracks like “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” and “Angel.” On ‘89’s Pump, Perry stood out via “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and “What It Takes.”

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