Performer at the 15th annual LA Music Awards Voting Party
Mitch Perry (…) is an American guitarist, known for his collaborations with bands like Heaven, Keel, MSG as well-known artists such as Cher and Edgar Winter.
Mitch began his career about 18 years old when he flew to Los Angeles and worked with the virtuoso bassist Alphonso Johnson and Santana Weather Report in January 1980. When the project ended, Mitch replaced Randy Rhoads of Quiet Riot in the band in the early years 80 had been renamed “Dubrow”, but soon abandon the group to reach the well-known singer of Deep Purple Glenn Hughes. After the experience with Hughes, Mitch replaced Yngwie Malmsteen in Steeler Ron Keel, where he was spotted by bassist Billy Sheehan who invited him to join his Talas to record the live album Live Speed on Ice. After that, he entered in the Australian (but residing in Los Angeles) Heaven with which published the disc Knockin ‘on Heaven’s Door in 1985.
During this time Perry appeared as a guest on several works of artists such as Faster Pussycat, Keel, Frankie Miller and Graham Nash, but also played keyboards in the live album of Aerosmith Classics Live (1986). Mitch was contacted in 1987 by renowned guitarist Michael Schenker who invited him to achieve the MSG with whom he recorded the disc Perfect Timing. During his militancy in M.S.G. Mitch played in several tours in America, Japan and Europe alongside bands like Def Leppard and Whitesnake. Thanks to the different experiences, Mitch could costruirsti excellent reputation so much to be invited as a special guest at the “‘Guitar Heroes’ tour” in Japan in 1989. This experience inspired him to form a new collaborative project with the ‘former lead singer of Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot Paul Shortino in 1990, which will be called Badd Boyz. The band released a self-titled album widespread only in Japan in 1993. In parallel career with Badd Boys, Mitch also played in various touring with Cher in the States, Europe and Australia. Perry will appear with the singer in a special live TV special, and also played the hit song “If I Could Turn Back Time” at the MTV Video Awards. Mitch will also play in the band of Sam Kinison. Meanwhile the formation of Badd Boyz gradually began to evolve to change its name to 7% Solution in which beneficiaries included the former singer of LA Guns Ralph Saenz who replaced Shortino towards the beginning of 1993. In 1994, Mitch reached Edgar Winter after collaborating with the famous drummer Carmine Appice in a project with which he participated in a tour called ‘Super Rock Session’in Japan (in the project together with Mitch and Carmine beneficiaries included bassist Jimmy Page Tony Franklin).
The activity alongside Edgar Winter lasted for over eight years, more than other guitarists of the band of Winter background as Rick Derringer and Ronnie Montrose. During this period, Perry released three albums with Winter, including Winter Blues who turned one of the albums most sueccesso since Frankenstein. In response Winter contributed to the recordings of the solo debut of Perry titled Wire To Wire (1996).
Mitch in 1999 released her second solo album, which is a compilation of tracks unrealized of 7% Solution and Badd Boys, which received rave reviews. The new millennium brought Mitch to win the award of “best rock guitarist” at the LA Music Awards 2000, where they won that evening also other well-known artists such as Steve Lukather and Jackson Browne. Since the spring of 2001, after the constant touring with Edgar Winter, went to the guitarist the opportunity to devote himself to the race cars, a passion that grew long. Shortly after the appearance alongside Edgar Grammy Awards, Mitch decided to leave the band and to leave for a period as a musician. During this period he wrote some songs but did not participate in the recordings for almost a year. The musician returned to work shortly after reaching Bulletboys during a tour in January 2002. Later form the new band Rhythm Junkies which continues the activity today. In 2003, Mitch reached even the reformed XYZ for a live date. Mitch went to Europe in late 2004 with former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and God in his band War & Peace in which he played a live date at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Perry returned to the United States received a second award to LA music award, this time as a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.