Richard Marc “Rick” Dufay was born on February 19, 1952 and he is a guitarist who played in Aerosmith in the period after Brad Whitford left the band in 1980 up to his return in 1984.
Dufay was born in Paris, France. Before joining Aerosmith, Dufay released an album called Tender Loving Abuse,produced by Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas. It was Douglas who recommended Dufay to Steven Tyler as Whitford’s replacement.Dufay can be heard on parts of Aerosmith’s 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place as well being seen in the video for “Lightning Strikes”.
Dufay was apparently a stabilizing force for the band on the road, describing himself in Behind The Music: Aerosmith as caring for Tyler during his lowest points of addiction and depression, and suggesting to Tyler that he reunite with Whitford and Joe Perry. Perry thanked Dufay for “committing career suicide” during Aerosmith’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2001.
Since leaving Aerosmith, Dufay’s projects have included the band Blue By Nature featuring vocalist Karen Lawrence. His daughter is actress Minka Kelly.
Following his time in Aerosmith, Crespo played on releases by Stress and spent several years with Adam Bomb, a Geffen Records-signed band. His work with Stress is documented in the bonus tracks added to the CD reissue of Killing Me Night & Day on Deep Shag Records. Crespo contributed guitar to the Adam Bomb album “Fatal Attraction” (Geffen 1985) before settling in Los Angeles with new wife Cynthia.
Crespo joined bassist Danny Sheridan and Bonnie Bramlett in their new band Bandaloo Doctors from 1987 to 1992 and returned to session work as well as touring and recording with Billy Squier for several years. From 1994-1996, Crespo was part of Rod Stewart’s live band as lead guitarist.
Continuing to play as a studio musician, Crespo has also performed at some of Las Vegas’ biggest casinos, whilst also engineering a rock amplifier simulator (“Rock Amp Legends by Jimmy Crespo”) for Nomad Factory.He is working on a new album The Jimmy Crespo Project. wit Crespo performs with the The HitMen All Stars featuring former members of Aerosmith, Boston, Dire Straits, Journey, Fleetwood Mac & Night Ranger.
In August 2012 Crespo is performing with Las Vegas’ critically acclaimed rock band the “Sin City Sinners” featuring Crespo and Brent Muscat(Faster Pussycats) on lead guitars & vocals, Todd Kearns (Slash) lead vocals and guitar, Zach Throne vocals and bass and Rob Cournoyer drums. You can see them at the Zebra room in the Palazzo Hotel, The Hard Rock Vinyl Room.
Crespo has been married to Cynthia since 1985 and has three children: Cristina Ann, Jason, and Jarrid Crespo.
Returning to session work following the breakup of Flame, Crespo attracted the attention of Aerosmith‘s management following the departure of Joe Perry from the band in 1979. Invited to audition for the vacant lead guitarist position, Crespo was asked to join Aerosmith in October 1979. Contributing a guitar solo to the song “3 Mile Smile” for the already recorded Night in the Ruts album, Crespo commenced touring with the band soon after joining. The tour was hampered by the increasingly erratic state of the band’s singer, Steven Tyler, at this stage heavily beset by drug addiction and suffering several on-stage collapses. Drummer Joey Kramer formed a band called Renegade during this time, and he recruited Marge Raymond to sing lead and front the band. Jimmy Crespo, Tom Hamilton and the late Bob Mayo completed the line-up. An album was recorded at the Power Station in NYC and was produced by Tony Bongiovi, but it has never been released. Renegade is somewhat of a legend in the music industry and the tapes are much sought after by fans. Tyler, after realizing that Renegade was buzzing the industry and about to take off, came back to fulfill his contractual obligation to CBS. Renegade is referenced in several Aerosmith autobiographies.
Despite the singer’s troubles, including an incapacitating motorcycle accident in January 1981, Crespo and Tyler forged a songwriting and touring partnership. Crespo co-wrote six of the songs on Aerosmith’s 1982 album Rock in a Hard Place with Tyler. Crespo performed most guitar duties on the album.
Charting at number 37 on the US Billboard chart, Rock in a Hard Place reportedly cost over $1 million in production costs, featuring a plethora of production and engineering staff amongst its credits. Xavier Russell said of it in Sounds: “As soon as the needle hit the wax, it melted and the speaker covers blew across the living room floor – Five Stars”.
Subsequent tours from 1982 through to early 1984 saw Crespo team up with Rick Dufay, who filled in for the absent Brad Whitford. Commercial difficulties during pre-production of the band’s next album coupled with singer Tyler’s desire to reconvene with guitarist Perry saw Crespo exit the band in mid 1984, as the “classic” 1971-1979 Aerosmith lineup re-formed.
Brad 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.
Whitford missed the start of Aerosmith’s 2009 summer tour after requiring surgery as a result of a head injury sustained while getting out of his Ferrari, joining the tour after a month.
In 2010, Whitford was announced as one of the guitarists to take part in the Experience Hendrix tour, playing songs performed and inspired by Jimi Hendrix along with other musicians such as Joe Satriani, Sacred Steel, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Hubert Sumlin, Chris Layton, and bassist Billy Cox.
Along with fellow Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Whitford was included in the Guitar World book The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2007.
Joe Perry was married to Elyssa Jerret from 1975 to 1982, a union that gave him a son, Adrian. Perry is now married to Billie Paulette Montgomery. They married in 1985 after meeting on the set of his “Black Velvet Pants” video in 1983. Billie appears on one of Perry’s guitars, which is dubbed “The Billie Perry Guitar“. They have two sons together named Tony and Roman, while Billie also has a son from a previous relationship named Aaron. Adrian and Tony Perry are founding members of the rock group TAB the Band.
Perry’s first grandchild, Austin, was fathered by his stepson Aaron, who is also the CEO for the Joe Perry’s Rock Your World hot sauce brand. Currently Perry lives on Sleepy Hollow Farm in South Pomfret, Vermont where he raises Friesian horses. He also has a home he resides in occasionally in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Perry released his first solo record, the self-titled Joe Perry, in May 2005. It was recorded at his home studio (The Boneyard) in suburban Boston, with every instrument but the drums played by Perry himself. Critics also responded favorably;Rolling Stone magazine crowned it with three-and-a-half (out of five) stars, declaring “A Joe Perry solo joint? about time!” He was also nominated for “Best Rock Instrumental” at the 2006 Grammys for the track “Mercy” but lost to Les Paul.
In 2009, while on tour with Aerosmith, Joe Perry announced that he would be releasing a new Joe Perry Project album entitled Have Guitar, Will Travel, which was released on October 6, 2009. The first single from the album was “We’ve Got a Long Way to Go.” This marks the first Joe Perry Project album since 1983’s Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker, and the fifth Joe Perry solo album in total, counting the 2005 self-titled album. He toured Europe and the States for some month 2009 performing his solo album while Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler was menacing to quit the band.
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Equipped with a new record label (MCA Records) and three new band members in singer Mach Bell, bassist Danny Hargrove and drummer Joe Pet, The Joe Perry Project released Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker in 1983. The album met the same fate as its predecessor, selling 40,000 copies. Despite the poor sales, The Project went out on a final tour in support of the album, adding then ex-Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford to the line-up. During this tour, The Project performed in a series of co-bills with Huey Lewis and the News. The following year, both Perry and Whitford rejoined Aerosmith, who signed with Geffen Records (which coincidentally was sold to MCA in 1990, absorbing the MCA label 13 years later).
In 1986, Perry and Tyler collaborated with Run-D.M.C. in a remake of their 1975 hit “Walk This Way”, which brought their band renewed mainstream attention. After completing drug rehabilitation, Aerosmith went on to collaborate with various big-name songwriters and producers to launch their true comeback. Another string of successful albums (including the triple-platinum Pump in 1989 and 1993’s seven-times platinum Get a Grip) and many hit singles followed. Perry and Tyler resumed their friendship, again co-writing songs and performing very close together on stage. In 1998, Perry helped conceive the group’s first number one single, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, with pop songwriter Diane Warren. It appeared on the soundtrack to the hit film Armageddon, in which Tyler’s daughter Liv starred. In 2006, Perry performed alongside Steven Tyler for a three-song medley (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”) with the Boston Pops Orchestraas part of a nationally-televised event to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston, Massachusetts.
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During Joe Perry‘s early years he formed a band with Tom Hamilton called The Jam Band. Steven Tyler, Joe, Tom, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer eventually joined and the band became Aerosmith. While initially dismissed as Rolling Stones knock-offs, the band came into its own during the mid-1970s with a string of hit records. Chief among these successes were Toys in the Attic (1975) andRocks (1976), thanks largely to the prevalence of free-form, album-oriented FM radio. The group also managed hit singles on the AM dial with songs like “Dream On”, “Same Old Song and Dance”, “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way”.
During this time, Perry and vocalist Steven Tyler became known as the “Toxic Twins” for their notorious hard-partying and drug use. Aerosmith‘s crowd earned the nickname “The Blue Army”, so called by the band after the seemingly endless number of teenagers in the audience wearing blue denim jackets and blue jeans. The audience was abundantly male with long hair.
Following Rocks, the group began to stumble – drug use escalated and the creative process became hampered by strained relationships within the band. They managed another hit record in 1977 withDraw the Line, on which Perry sang lead vocals on the track “Bright Light Fright“. A tour was scheduled for the fall of ’77, but increasing violence at concerts eventually derailed it. A cherry bomb was thrown onstage in Philadelphia at The Spectrum in October 1977, injuring both Perry and Tyler.
In 1979, the band headlined over Van Halen, Ted Nugent, AC/DC and Foreigner during the world music festival concerts. An argument backstage in Cleveland resulted in Joe Perry‘s wife throwing a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton‘s wife. Perry quit Aerosmith partway through the recording of the album Night in the Ruts, with the remainder of his parts played by temporary guitarists. Perry took a collection of unrecorded material with him, which would later become the basis of his album Let the Music Do the Talking.
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