|Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the
rock band Aerosmith. The paternal side of Perry's family are Portuguese, originally from Madeira. His grandfather changed the family's name
from Pereira to Perry upon arriving in the United States of America. His maternal side is Italian, more specifically Neapolitan. Perry and his
younger sister, Ann-Marie, grew up in the small town of Hopedale, Massachusetts. There, his father was an accountant and his mother a high
school gym teacher and later an aerobics instructor. She later retired to Arizona while Perry's father died in 1975.