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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Feb 2016 > BRAD WHITFORD


45 years after joiningAerosmith, a bona fide living guitar legend talks to G&B about Les Pauls, Strats and Teles and playing alongside Perry, Page and Bonamassa…

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The Aerosmith juggernaut just keeps a-rollin’. Back in September 2015, Boston’s finest played a huge free outdoor show in Moscow’s Lubyanka Square, adding an impressive luggage label to the Blue Army tour that took them to 15 US cities last summer. After rocking the nearby KGB headquarters to their foundations, they also left us with a double CD and DVD set of their 2014 Donington headline show to remember them by in years to come.

Brad Whitford, Joe Perry’s guitar partner and the last member of the classic line-up to join the ranks, some 45 years ago, admits that was a special gig, even by Aerosmith standards. “It was at Donington, and that’s always historically such a big deal for us. We play so many shows that are considered premier rock events around the world and, yeah it was very cool to be asked to come and play at Donington. It’s always special.”

Back in 1990, Jimmy Page lent his presence to Aerosmith’s show at the same venue. “That was absolutely awesome,” smiles Brad, recalling the memory of playing alongside the Zeppelin legend. Page or no Page, Aerosmith hit the Donington stage once again in 2014 with their powerhouse rendition of Yardbirds favourite Train Kept A-Rollin’ – and Whitford proudly admits that he “always will have a deep appreciation for the Yardbirds and Zeppelin; the heavy approach to rock guitar has always had a place in my heart. We like to think we still carry that torch and hopefully turn somebody [on to it]…”

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.