AXS Classic Rock Awards, Johnny Depp says, “Joe Perry is why I picked up a guitar”

Tokyo’s biggest rock and metal party of the year, The Classic Rock Awards 2016 premieres in the U.S. on February 19th, 2017, at 8pm ET, 5pm PT on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/02/19 – “Joe Perry [lead guitarist of Aerosmith] is why I picked up a guitar in the first place,” says movie star and guitarist Johnny Depp. The Classic Rock Awards 2016 features performances by iconic rock music artists including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Johnny Depp, Richie Sambora, and Cheap Trick. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is host of a night of rock and metal. Filmed on November 11th, 2016, at the Ryogoku Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.



“Me and Phil first came down here to do promos in ’83,” says Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott. “That set the tone really and then the band came back, we did shows, and we went from theaters to arenas. It’s beautiful to do the awards here, it just takes it to a completely different level that they are not in the Roundhouse, they’re not in the brewery, they are in Tokyo. It’s great!”

“If you think of it as the home of rock and metal that’s what we have created,” says TeamRock CEO Billy Anderson. “That’s what we are bringing to the model, essentially. We have magazines, we have radio, we have events, we have awards, we have videos, we have games; it’s all around rocking.”


The Classic Rock Awards 2016 feature unforgettable moments such as Jeff Beck presented with The Icon award by Led Zeppelin guitar god Jimmy Page; Scorpions axe man Rudolf Schenker presenting Richie Sambora with the Classic Songwriter award; Def Leppard winning Album Of The Year; and appearances and performances by Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Cheap Trick, and Orianthi, among others.

The location for the 2016 event was the first time the awards took place in Japan, having been previously been in London or Los Angeles. Japan is a huge international market, has heavily embraced many American bands from the seventies and eighties.

The night’s winners were selected by Classic Rock Magazine, as well as by listeners of U.S. classic rock radio stations, including iHeartmedia.

The Classic Rock Awards 2016 stars…

  • Dave Mustaine
  • Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page
  • Aerosmith’s Joe Perry
  • Jeff Beck
  • Johnny Depp
  • Richie Sambora
  • Cheap Trick
  • Orianthi
  • Def Leppard.

A TeamRock production. AXS TV is an American cable and satellite television network that is managed by film company 2929 Entertainment. It specializes in live music events.

Twitter: @AXSTV@DefLeppard@deepjhonny@DaveMustaine

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