Longtime lead guitarist of Aerosmith who has been with the group on and off for over five decades. He wrote many of their hits, including "Last Child."
He learned the guitar at age fourteen and joined Aerosmith in his early twenties, replacing Ray Tabano.
He left Aerosmith to work on his own from 1981 to 1984, and he briefly left again in 1994 to attend to family issues.
He was born the middle of three brothers to a father who worked as a teacher. He married his third wife, Kimberley Whitford, in 2006.
He often played with Joe Perry, Aerosmith's other guitarist.