Joe Perry of Aerosmith was honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 32nd annual NAMM TEC Awards, held Saturday at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
His award was presented to him by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who said he first picked up a guitar because of Perry. Perry gave a brief acceptance speech, then took the stage with Depp, Alice Cooper, Robert De Leo and the rest of his current side project, plus his long-time Aerosmith guitar partner Brad Whitford, for a mini-set that included "Sweet Emotion," "Walk This Way" and "Train Kept A-Rollin."
Before receiving it, Perry talked about what getting an award with the late Les Paul's name attached to it means to him.
“It’s too heavy. I mean, he’s influenced so many great players. He might have been really square, but he was brilliant and I’m in awe at it and the fact that I’m getting an award that’s got his name on it. I just think about the few times I was lucky enough to talk with him and he knew my name. That‘s a great thing. I’m just very close to speechless about it. Thanks.”
Previous Les Paul Award recipients include Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney and Paul's godson Steve Miller. Producer and engineer Jack Douglas, who's been called Aerosmith's "sixth member," was also honored Saturday, becoming a member of the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame. He was given his award by onetime Beatles studio engineer Geoff Emerick.
David Bowie's final album, Blackstar, also received two awards for its production, while Sting and Peter Gabriel's Rock Paper Scissors North American Tour won a TEC Award for Best Tour or Event Sound Production.