As part of its 32nd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), The NAMM Foundation has announced that Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award. The annual award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and ‘honours 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’.
The award will be presented at a January 21st ceremony being held in Anaheim, CA as part of The 2017 NAMM Show. Perry is also scheduled to perform live before an audience of pro audio and sound production inventors, musicians and industry friends.
‘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.’
‘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, 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. The Les Paul Award has been presented at the NAMM TEC Awards to remarkably-distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry, including such luminaries as Sir Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Slash and last year’s recipient, Don Was. The Les Paul Foundation could not be more thrilled to be adding Joe Perry to this amazing list.’
Along with Perry, famed Aerosmith engineer and producer Jack Douglas, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, which was created nearly thirty years ago to honour pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. Douglas is associated with many of the band’s most iconic releases and affectionately dubbed “the sixth member” of Aerosmith for having contributed lyrics to several tracks released from the band. He also engineered and produced many multi-platinum Aerosmith albums including Toys in the Attic and Rocks.