OGUNQUIT (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- By now, you've probably heard about 20-year-old Ogunquit native Allivia Lorusso, who has shredded her way onto Aerosmith's Facebook page.
Lorusso shared her talents with NEWS CENTER Maine, and showed that her flawless rendition of the solo of Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' was no fluke.
"I was at work and I just freaked out," Lorusso said when she heard Aerosmith shared her post.
I went to the computer and put on Aerosmith and blasted it because I was so hyped."
Lorusso allowed NEWS CENTER Maine's Chris Costa to jam out with her after the interview.
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The Wells High School grad said her uncle introduced her to the band's song 'Mama Kin' when she was 16, and she knew that she wanted to play guitar.
"I think just hearing them -- it was so simple and raw and energetic, it just ignited a flame in me," said Lorusso. "I wasn't even that passionate about music before I found Aerosmith. They just launched that into oblivion."
Lorusso saved up all of her high school graduation money to buy a Gibson Les Paul, the iconic guitar used by rock 'n' roll starts like Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Slash of Guns 'n' Roses, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
"I knew I wanted to do it, so I wanted a top of the line one," said Lorusso.
After multiple trips to the guitar store just to play the instrument, she finally decided to buy it, and set a limit of $2,200. She said the day she went in to attempt to buy it, an employee was putting a sticker on the guitar, reducing the price from $2,600 to $2,200.
"It was meant to be," said Lorusso.
Now, she practices four hours a day, sometimes focusing on technique, and other times just jamming.
Lorusso got to meet Steven Tyler once, during a meet and greet after a show for his country album. She was in the front row for his show at the Wang Theater in Boston.
"I didn't even get to mention to him that I play guitar," said Lorusso. "It would be great to tell him again someday how much they really mean to me."
She has tickets in the third row for the Joe Perry and Brad Whitford show in Hampton Beach on April 19, and hopes she might get the chance to play with them on stage, given the exposure she got when her cover of the 'Walk This Way' solo got shared on Aerosmith's Facebook page.
"Just meeting Joe Perry would mean the absolute world to me to shake his hand and say, 'thank you for the inspiration and thank you for pretty much changing my life.' Playing with him and Brad Whitford is beyond the ceiling -- it's incredible. That would be a dream," said Lorusso.
Allivia hopes to eventually start playing gigs and performing her own original songs.