Thursday, October 27, 2016
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will be honored with the Les Paul Award at the 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards on January 21 as part of the 2017 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA.
The annual award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.
"Anytime my name is mentioned in the same sentence as Les Paul, it’s a huge honor,” says Perry. “Getting an award bearing his name is the icing on the cake."
The Aerosmith rocker will perform live at the NAMM event.
"Joe Perry was a friend of Les Paul's and is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and talented musicians of our time,” says Michael K. Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “His ability to push boundaries of the electric guitar with his signature sound and deft playing ability embodies the true spirit of what Les Paul and the award given in his name stands for.”
Past honorees of the Les Paul Award include Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Slash, and last year's recipient, Don Was.
The 2017 event will also see famed Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, which was created nearly thirty years ago to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians.
For tickets and more information, visit tecawards.org
Perry recently confirmed that he has completed recording his latest solo album.
“It’s in the can right now. I just need to polish it up a bit more,” Perry told The Musician’s Ear. “I’m looking to release some of it in the new year.”
The rocker has been working on the project in a California studio on and off over the past year while Aerosmith was on hiatus and he juggled live duties with the Alice Cooper-led supergroup The Hollywood Vampires.
Perry and Aerosmith just wrapped up a month-long tour of South America.
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