Joe Perry isn’t quite sure how to describe his new solo LP.
“It’s kind of a modern-made classic rock record, I guess,” says Perry, chuckling.
The Aerosmith guitarist was back in town this week for an appearance at Newbury Comics promoting “Sweetzerland Manifesto,” an album he wrote and recorded while holed up at his buddy Johnny Depp’s house in LA.
Among those conscripted to play or sing on the LP — Perry’s sixth solo project — were Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Depp, Terry Reid, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, drummer Zak Starkey, and former New York Dolls frontman David Johansen.
Famed Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry dropped his star-studded sixth solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto last week, and now he’s coming back to Boston to sign the shit out of it. Perry will be rolling by Newbury Comics on Newbury Street on Thursday (January 25), and the in-store starts up at 6 p.m.
Perry unveiled the record at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles last week, leading a band that featured guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Aerosmith keyboardist Buck Johnson, and drummer David Goodstein. Slash and Johnny Depp also showed up on stage, while Extreme’s Gary Cherone took on vocal duties for most of the show, stepping aside for a series of frontman guests, including Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.
Reid, Johanson, and Zander all show up on Sweetzerland Manifesto, a 10-track effort that blows any recent Steven Tyler solo project out of the water. Check out the track listing and guest collaborators below, and listen to the LP in full via Spotify.
Joe Perry, Sweetzerland Manifesto track listing
“Rumble In The Jungle” (instrumental)
“I’ll Do Happiness” (featuring Terry Reid)
“Aye, Aye, Aye” (featuring Robin Zander)
“I Wanna Roll” (featuring David Johansen)
“Sick & Tired” (featuring Terry Reid)
“Haberdasher Blues” (featuring David Johansen)
“Spanish Sushi” (instrumental)
“Eve Of Destruction” (featuring Johnny Depp on drums)
“I’m Going Crazy” (featuring David Johansen)
“Won’t Let Me Go” (featuring Terry Reid)
Chances are good if you’ve been a fan of music, or at least enjoy some classic rock you’ve at least heard of Joe Perry. Just in case you need a refresher, Joe is one of the founding members and lead guitar player for Aerosmith. He also has had a prolific solo career and has recently teamed up with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp in the supergroup Hollywood Vampires. Joe Perry is truly a legend and an icon in the music industry, and suffice to say I’ve been a huge fan for years. He’s recently partnered with Monster to bring some classic rock tuning to a pair of Monster speakers.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Joe about his upcoming partnership with Monster, and what brought them together. I tried to keep my complete and utter fanboy-ing to a minimum, but believe me, I was quietly freaking out on my end of the phone call. Monster will be releasing a pair of speakers specially tuned by Joe to really push the classic rock sound. First up is a refresh of the Monster Blaster, the Classic Rock Edition. Next is the Monster Firecracker, Classic Rock edition, which provides big sound in a smaller package. Both speakers should be available soon, and you can read more about them in the full press release at the end of this article.
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Joe Perry premiered tracks from his upcoming solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, with a guest star-filled show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. You can see pictures from the evening below.
Perry was backed by Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots on guitar and bass, respectively, Buck Johnson on keyboards and David Goodstein on drums, with Extreme’s Gary Cherone serving as lead vocalist for the Aerosmith songs. Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David Johansen were on hand to perform the songs that they sang on the album. Slash, Chris Robinson and Johnny Depp, who is listed as the record’s executive producer, also made contributions to the show.
According to Rolling Stone, after opening with four Aerosmith songs, Perry said, “We’re not going to be playing any more of that s— for a while.” They then performed most of Sweetzerland Manifesto as well as “Fortunate One,” which was recorded with Robinson on vocals after the album had been mastered. The evening closed with everybody joining in on a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” with Slash and Depp staying on for “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” after which Perry smashed his guitar.
“Everything was screaming; the amps were going,” he said afterwards. “I didn’t know what else to do. All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces. It was a really a nice guitar, and the guy who made it for me was in the front row. That’s why I’m feeling bad about it. It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.” Continue reading Joe Perry debuts new album, ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto,’ in concert: videos
Guitarist on why he felt compelled to smash his guitar at the end of Tuesday’s all-star Roxy gig in celebration of ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto’
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry knows something about getting lost in the moment. It happened for the latest time during the final seconds of his show this week celebrating the release of a new solo album at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, where guitarists Perry, Slash, Johnny Depp and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots were raging through a supercharged “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” a song at the core of Perry’s musical life ever since he first heard the Yardbirds’ version as a teenager.
Perry smashed his guitar onstage. “It was a really a nice guitar, and the guy who made it for me was in the front row,” Perry says. “That’s why I’m feeling bad about it. It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.”
It was a ferocious finish to a two-hour performance of hard rock and muscular blues ahead of Friday’s release of Sweetzerland Manifesto, which features an all-star cast of singers including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, the New York Dolls’ David Johansen and U.K. veteran Terry Reid. Making the album was a long-term project, beginning with a recording of Sixties pop hit “Eve of Destruction” in 2012, but picked up steam last year. It was recorded at Depp’s home studio in the Hollywood Hills.
Joe Perry assembled an all-star band to perform alongside him at the sold-out record release show for his new Sweetzerland Manifesto album last night (Jan. 16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith was joined by album collaborators Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), David Johansen (New York Dolls) and Terry Reid (solo artist/vocals).
Also performing were Slash, Johnny Depp (the Hollywood Vampires), Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen), Chris Robinson, Dean and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums).
Sweetzerland Manifesto is being released on his own Roman Records imprint, this Friday, Jan. 19. It marks Perry‘s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks, all but one written or co-written by Perry with many with the album’s guest vocalists. (The sole exception is a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with Perry on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums.)
It’s easy to dismiss “all-star” jams (and albums for that matter) as egocentric posturing, but Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s new star-packed solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto (out tomorrow), thankfully, ain’t that. The 10-track album, executive produced by Johnny Depp, features some iconic frontmen on guest vocals, including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, The New York Dolls’ David Johansen and almost/could’ve been Led Zep crooner Terry Reid, alongside drummer David Goodstein and Perry’s sons Tony and Roman (who co-wrote material as well).