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Joe Perry Inducts Led Zeppelin (Part 2)

I just want to say a couple of things about what Zeppelin means to me. I loved this band because they had no limits. They weren't musical snobs, and never held on to any one style. Zeppelin changed gears six times on one album, and they played blues, rock, funk, reggae, and ballads with equal ease. I think it's laughable that so many people consider them just a heavy metal band, since at least half their best songs are acoustic. They were doing unplugged long before it was the hip thing to do. I learned a lot from Jimmy Page. The best lesson was, don't be afraid to play any instrument, stringed or otherwise. He played slide guitar, electric, acoustic, 12-string, bass, mandolin, sitar, and dulcimer, he invented strange tunings - whatever it took to create the mood. So, uh, Jimmy - when you gonna show me how to play "The Rain Song?" Maybe after. So I know for Steven and the rest of our band, when I say that Aerosmith wouldn't exist in its present form without Led Zeppelin's continuing inspiration. A few months ago, when I was having lunch with Jimmy Page in Buenos Aires, he asked me to do this tonight, and I felt like I was the one being honored. So right now, I want to tell John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Plant, and Robert Page, that we and millions of their fans all over the world hold them in the highest esteem. It's an incredible honor for me to say to them, welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.