In a brand new interview with Radio.com, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke about his 30-year marriage with second wife Billie Paulette Montgomery, with whom Perry tied the knot in 1985.
"I feel bad for guys that have reached a certain amount of fame and fortune, whether they're sports guys or actors or anything like that, and they're looking for the right woman and there's always gotta be that thing in the back of your mind where you wonder, 'Are they really marrying me' just because they love you or because of what they perceive is all the glamor and all the other stuff that goes with it," Perry said.
"It was a major miracle to me that she came from listening to punk music and underground music, and she's an artist and she went to art school and she didn't know about AEROSMITH; I mean, she really didn't. She had heard a couple of the songs on the radio and that was really about it. And it wasn't until a few years later and we were living together that she was going through some old boxes of stuffand she actually saw some of the old magazines from the '70s, a couple of gold records here and there. 'Cause I don't leave that stuff lying around, and I don't hang all that on the wall. It's kind of, like, it's nice. But my feeling is you're only as good as your next record. So, good, you get your gold record for the last one. Okay. Next one, you've gotta do better.
"Anyway… So she didn't really know anything about AEROSMITH, and so she came from a very… I don't wanna say naïve, because she's anything but naïve, but as far as AEROSMITH and how big we had been in the '70s, she didn't know any of that."
Perry's memoir, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", came out on October 7 via Simon & Schuster.
The guitarist worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette.