On January 19, 2018 Joe Perry released his latest solo album. Curiously entitled Sweetzerland Manifesto, the record is a hard rocking release featuring the once-coveted Terry Reid, who is best known for his “almost” moment making musical history as the front man of Led Zeppelin. He turned it down due to other commitments, but suggested Page use a vocalist by the name of Robert Plant. Reid’s collaborations read like a who’s who of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest artists and once Joe Perry knew he was living nearby, he called him up to come sing on the record. Other vocals on the album include Gary Cherone (Extreme), David Johansen (New York Dolls) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick).
It’s easily Joe Perry’s best solo album, even though it features two instrumentals out of ten altogether, which – let’s admit it – we usually tend to skip over in exchange for fiery, harder rocking tunes, or vocally powerful ballads. And it’s hard to say that, knowing that this was supposed to be an instrumental album. That said, the album has received critical praise from a number of publications. This may be Perry’s proudest moment of his life, partly because he worked on this album with two of his sons, Roman and Tony, but also because he has a new Hollywood Vampires in the works, one that features Alice Cooper on vocals. He will be touring again with the Hollywood Vampires from May 24 to July 25, 2018.
As if that wasn’t enough, he’s doing only three shows with “Joe Perry and Friends,” presumably to support the new album, first at the House of Blues in Boston on Wednesday, then coming to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday and wrapping up in Altantic City on Friday. To say that he couldn’t be busier would be an understatement. But there is a sort of excitement – exhilaration even – in his voice. We talked with him this week in advance of the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom show and here’s what he had to say.
On July 10, 2016, Joe Perry almost became the latest celebrity to prove it’s never too late to die too young. Reportedly, the roller coaster life of the legendary Aerosmith guitarist came to a brief full stop as he collapsed onstage while performing at Coney Island, of all places, with the Hollywood Vampires, a crew of veteran classic rockers including Alice Cooper and fellow traveler Johnny Depp.
“I’ve certainly had a couple other instances where I’ve pushed myself over the edge, but never in such a public way, you know?” says the 67-year-old Perry in a phone interview from West Hollywood. “Certainly we’re seeing more and more people pass from one thing or another, whether it’s age or abuse. And I don’t want to be on that list. So I learned a lot. But also, frankly, I rediscovered the guitar. You know, a lot of things that I took for granted and left behind in this long and varied career, I kind of went back to again.”
Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry all have plenty of other things to keep themselves busy, but they’re evidently having too much fun with their Hollywood Vampires project to let it end: The band will be back on the road for a slew of tour dates later this year. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires announce 2018 U.S. tour dates
Joe Perry knows all the moves. Here he gets feedback by angling his tiger-finish signature model Gibson Les Paul at a monitor. It’s a cool technique for making a 6-string howl without standing in front of an amp cranked up to 10.
It’s not every day you get to speak with a bona fide rock ’n’ roll legend—especially one with an encyclopedic knowledge of tone, gear, and the mechanics of groove—but we interviewed Joe Perry and, man, he delivered in spades.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS were joined by actor Johnny Depp and Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) on stage during their March 8 concert at The Rose in Pasadena, California. Depp came up at the end of the STP set for “Down”, the first single from the band’s fourth album, 1999’s “No. 4”, before Perry made an appearance for a cover of the AEROSMITH classic “Toys In The Attic” and the set closer, “Sex Type Thing”. Continue reading Stone Temple Pilots joined by Joe Perry, Johnny Depp at Pasadena concert
After the great success of last year’s inagural Aerosmith History Day, with over 700 Aero-Heads in attendance, here comes the Aerosmith History Day II 2018!!
All of the same exhibitors of will be rejoining: Jonathan Robinson Aerosmith founder and guitarist, Raymond Tabano, Annie Perry, Mark Blair, Rich Johnson, Dina Mummolo Warchal and Wendy Robinson Chaves Sisto, as well as two new collectors that I’m honored to include: Rob Phaneuf and Deb Formica! Another very special guest who will be attending will be David Scott, drummer with Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton in several pre-Aerosmith bands, The Pipe Dream, Plastic Glass and The Jam Band! Bigger displays, bigger venue, bigger fun!
Magazine archives, tour merchandise, t-shirts, posters, Crew and Band Tour Jackets, gold and platinum record awards, promotional materials, backstage passes & laminates and thousands of Aerosmith photos will all be on display for this great, two-day event!
This year’s event is only one of the many events and attractions that will be part of that weekend’s celebration of Sunapee’s Sestercentennial, our 250th Birthday!
Also that weekend, a special free concert by America’s premiere Aerosmith tribute band, Draw the Line! They’ll be performing at the Ben Mere Gazebo in Sunapee Harbor on Fri., Aug. 17, at about 6:30pm, followed by a huge fireworks display over the harbor.
The Aerosmith History Day II will take place at The Livery, located inside the old Sunapee Town Hall on Main St., the big, white barn at the top of the hill on your right as you enter the harbor.
The hours for Aerosmith History Day II 2018 will be:
Friday, August 17, from 11am to 6pm and
Saturday, August 18, from 10am – 4pm
Copies of my Aerosmith Family Tree poster will again be available.
Please be aware that this will be a very busy weekend in our little town, meaning that parking will be challenging, but the weekend organizers will likely have shuttle buses running from parking lots around the town into the harbor.
For the listings of area lodging options: Mountsunapee.com
The event is free, but donations are welcomed!