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Encyclopedia > Brad Whitford
Brad Whitford

Born February 23, 1952 (1952-02-23) (age 55)
Genre(s) Hard rock
Affiliation(s) Aerosmith
Notable guitars Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, Hamer Standard
Years active 1972 - present
Official site Aerosmith official site

Brad Whitford (born Bradley Ernest Whitford, 23 February 1952, in Winchester, Massachusetts,) is a musician and guitarist for the rock and roll band Aerosmith. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Hard rock is a variation of rock and roll music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage and psychedelic rock. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... “Stratocaster” redirects here. ... For the jazz guitarist, see Les Paul. ... Hamer Guitars is a guitar manufacturing company founded by Jol Dantzig and business partner Paul Hamer in 1973. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Winchester is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ...

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Career

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. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Raymond Tabano (aka Crazy Raymond) (born December 23, 1943 in The Bronx, New York, USA) is a musician and former guitarist of Aerosmith. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 other events of 1981 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


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. The Joe Perry Project was essentially Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perrys solo project, which Perry started working on shortly before his departure from Aerosmith in 1979. ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


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. In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ...


Musical contributions and style

While Joe Perry is Aerosmith's more popular guitarist and more prolific songwriter, Whitford has made significant contributions to the band's repertoire over the years. This includes writing (and playing lead guitar on) Aerosmith's hit "Last Child" as well as some of Aerosmith's heaviest tracks: "Nobody's Fault" and "Round and Round", and playing lead guitar on "Back in the Saddle" (on which Perry plays six string bass) and on the ballads "You See Me Crying" and "Home Tonight". When Aerosmith made their big comeback in the late 1980s, Whitford continued to co-write tracks such as "Permanent Vacation" and "Voodoo Medicine Man", and still plays lead guitar on some songs to this day. Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... Last Child is a song performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith. ... Nobodys Fault is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. ... Round and Round is a song written and recorded by American rock band Aerosmith. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Home Tonight is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. ...


Brad's soloing is the smoother and more refined counterpart to Joe Perry's hard-edged raunch; for example Brad relies heavily on versatile Floyd Rose guitars, while Perry loyally sports the hard rock trademark Gibson Les Paul. Whitford's heavy compositions, playing style and characteristic smooth and nasal guitar sound have also been a big influence on Guns N' Roses guitar hero Slash among others. Floyd Rose Original Floyd Rose is the organization that licenses, distributes and manufactures the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo invented by Floyd D. Rose. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the jazz guitarist, see Les Paul. ... Guns N Roses (abbreviated as GNR) is a nine-piece American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Said Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler of the two, "Joe is self-taught and his playing comes from raw emotion. Not that Brad's doesn't, but his style is more schooled." Stephen Victor Tallarico (born March 26, 1948 in Yonkers, New York), better known as Steven Tyler (and often nicknamed The Demon of Screamin) is an American musician and songwriter. ...


Equipment

At current performances, Brad can be seen playing a huge array of solid-body guitars, including Floyd Roses, Gretsches, and notably a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop and a gold-painted Stratocaster. Meanwhile, Aerosmith's original heyday in the late 1970's saw both Whitford and co-guitarist Joe Perry arm themselves with aggressive-looking guitars from BC Rich (Whitford favored an unpainted Eagle, while Perry often played an alien-looking red Bich. For the jazz guitarist, see Les Paul. ... Joe Perry may refer to: Joe Perry (American football) (born 1927) Joe Perry (musician) (born 1950) Joe Perry (snooker player) (born 1975) Joseph Perry (bishop) (born 1948) (real estate develoment) (born 1967) Category: ... B.C. Rich is a manufacturer of guitars, known for their unusual and somewhat threatening body shapes, popular among exponents of extreme metal, most famously Sepultura. ...


Other interests

Whitford is an avid race car driver. Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ...


External link

  • Brad Whitford at UBL

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Brad Whitford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (426 words)
Brad Whitford (born February 23, 1952 in Reading, Massachusetts) is a musician and guitarist for the rock and roll group 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.
Brad's soloing is the smoother and more refined counterpart to Joe Perry's hard-edged raunch; for example Brad relies heavily on versatile Floyd Rose guitars, while Perry loyally sports the hard rock trademark Gibson Les Paul.
Brad Whitford - Biography - AOL Music (787 words)
But it's not to say that Whitford hasn't contributed to the group, as he co-wrote some of the group's best 'album' tracks, while his solid rhythm playing served as an important ingredient to the now-identifiable Aeromith sound.
Replacing original guitarist/member Ray Tabano, Whitford proved to be missing piece to the puzzle for Aerosmith, as they soonafter were signed by Columbia Records.
Whitford and Aerosmith to tour and issue albums throughout the '90s and beyond (although their music became more 'radio friendly' with each subsequent release), including 1993's Get a Grip, 1997's Nine Lives, and 2001's Just Push Play.
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