10/16/2014 12:22 pm ET Updated Dec 16, 2014

My Conversation With Joe Perry

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Tonight I'm joined by Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Aerosmith, the most successful American rock 'n' roll band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums world wide. He's been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His new memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, has just made the list of New York Times best-sellers.

All that represents some impressive accomplishments, but the fact that Aerosmith has stayed together for 42 years and counting is also impressive.

In the clip below, Joe explains what it takes to survive the turmoil inherent in being part of a rock 'n' roll supergroup.

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