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.
Jimmy Crespo ,born July 5, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York is an American guitarist. He was the lead guitarist & member for the hard rock band Aerosmith from 1979 until 1984.Crespo co-wrote Rock in a Hard Place with Steven Tyler. Crespo has also performed or recorded with Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Robert Fleischman, Rough Cutt, Renegade, Flame and others.
Crespo was born in Brooklyn and raised by Puerto Rican-American parents (Jaime & Carmen) within a musical family and has one brother John Crespo. Crespo first took up the guitar at age 14. He joined his first band, The Knomes, shortly afterwards. During his teenage years he became an accomplished guitarist, drawing on the stylings of such artists as The Yardbirds, Cream, The Beatles, andJimi Hendrix. Forming the New York club band Anaconda, Crespo drew the attention of industry figures, leading to session work with a number of high profile artists such as Meat Loaf and Stevie Nicks before he was recruited as lead guitarist and songwriter by producer Jimmy Iovine for the major label RCA-signed band „Flame”, who was fronted by the powerful lead vocalist Marge Raymond. Flame released two albums: their debut in 1977 Queen of the Neighborhood and in 1978 their second album entitled „Flame”.
While Joe Perry is Aerosmith’s more well-known guitarist and the band’s principal songwriter with Steven Tyler, Whitford has made significant contributions to the band’s repertoire over the years. This includes co-writing Aerosmith’s hit „Last Child” as well as some of Aerosmith’s heaviest songs: „Nobody’s Fault” and „Round and Round„, and playing lead guitar on „Sick as a Dog” and „Back In the Saddle” (on which Perry plays six string bass), „Last Child”, and on the ballads „You See Me Crying” and „Home Tonight”. When Aerosmith made their comeback in the late 1980s, Whitford continued to co-write tracks such as „Permanent Vacation” and „Voodoo Medicine Man„, and plays occasional lead guitar on some more recent tracks.
Said Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler of the two guitarists, „Joe is self-taught and his playing comes from raw emotion. Not that Brad’s doesn’t, but his style is more schooled.”
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.
Bradford Ernest Whitford, born February 23, 1952 is the rhythm guitarist for the hard rock band Aerosmith. Whitford graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1970. After attending the Berklee College of Music, Whitford played in local bands Cymbals of Resistance, Teapot Dome, Earth, Inc., and finally a band called Justin Thyme before joining 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 dissolved after a sole self-titled album was released in 1981.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.
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For amps, Joe Perry uses a collection of various alternating vintage amps on stage, including 200 watt Marshall Major amps, Fender Silverface Dual Showman amps, a Fender Tweed Bassman and many more. In the studio he uses various vintage low wattage tube amps including a Fender Tweed Champ and an Epiphone Pacemaker Model EA50T manufactured in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the early 60s.For slide work, Perry typically uses a Dan Armstrong Lucite guitar, such as for „Draw the Line”. Joe has also been known to use a Pro Co RAT, Klon Centaur, talkbox, Dunlop Cry Baby and a DigiTech Whammy.Perry currently has a collection of about 600 guitars.