|Brad Whitford (born Bradley Ernest Whitford, 23 February 1952, in Winchester, Massachusetts,) is a musician and guitarist for the rock and roll
band Aerosmith. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Whitford joined Aerosmith in 1971, replacing original guitarist Ray Tabano.
Aerosmith would go on to be one of the most successful bands of the 1970s. However, following a string of less successful albums in the late
1970s, Whitford left the band in 1981 to work on his own project with singer Derek St. Holmes, simply called Whitford/St. Holmes. The project
was soon dissolved, following the disappointing sales of their first (and last), eponymous album.
Whitford briefly toured with The Joe Perry Project, featuring former Aerosmith band mate Joe Perry, before both Perry and Whitford rejoined
Aerosmith in 1984. In the mid-late 1980s, all band members completed drug rehabilitation, including Whitford, who completed programs to
combat his alcohol abuse. Whitford remains sober to this day and continues to be an active force in Aerosmith.
Whitford also served as a producer for a well-known Boston band, The Neighborhoods, who were led by a rabid Aerosmith fan, David Minehan.
When, in 1994, Whitford was forced to leave unexpectedly in the middle of an Asian tour due to family illness, Minehan was flown to Japan
where he performed in Whitford's place for several days until Whitford returned.