AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is unveiling his signature guitar at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday (May 17), according to CNN.
The Gibson brand guitar, dubbed the Gibson Joe Perry Signature, was first inspired by Perry's wife Billie. She secretly conspired to build a prototype of the guitar with the people at Gibson, making sure it donned a "Green Tiger" top finish and a "Boneyard" logo on the custom pickup wiring.
She gave the guitar to Perry for Christmas last year, much to his liking. "The prototype is always two feet away from me down in the studio," he said in a press release.
"Joe Perry's guitar work has been a defining element of rock and roll music for the last three decades, and Joe's personal taste is reflected in every element of the Gibson Joe Perry guitar," said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. "Holding this instrument is like shaking hands with a rock legend."
In addition to Saturday's guitar launch, Perry will be donating guitars to the Duxbury School System music programs. Representatives from the school will be at the House of Blues to accept the donation.
In other news, Perry and AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler made an appearance on New York radio station Z100 Friday morning (May 16) to announce their participation at the station's much-hyped Zootopia 2003 concert on Sunday, June 1 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Download an MP3 file containing the Z100 interview at this location. Other acts set to perform at Zootopia 2003 include LISA MARIE PRESLEY, BRITNEY SPEARS, KELLY CLARKSON, TLC, MARIAH CAREY, JA RULE, ASHANTI and JEWEL.
AEROSMITH are currently recording their much-discussed blues album for Columbia Records, tentatively due in September, not long after the band begin an amphitheater tour with KISS.