Aerosmith may not be doing a great deal these days, but guitarist Joe Perry is staying busy.
Legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tells Gunner and Chow how The Hollywood Vampires came to be, why classic rock is what’s “cool” again, and gives the scoop on the band’s upcoming tour!
By Q105.1 Rocks
Hollywood Vampires play 7/1 at The Sands Event Center in Bethelehem, and on 7/3 at The Borgata in A.C.
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Joe Perry is an old-school Beatles/Stones-style rock ‘n’ roll guitarist with a loose improvisational style based around major/minor pentatonic and Mixolydian scales.
He once said that he “doesn’t want to play in an Aerosmith tribute band”, alluding to his freestyle, no-rules approach, and how he rarely plays a song the same way twice. He even switches between guitars and different amp and effect combinations depending on his mood on the night.
Joe’s rhythm style includes open chords ornamented with hammer-ons and pull-offs, as heard in the memorable Livin’ On The Edge intro riff, while his minor pentatonic/blues scale riffing adds the all important grease and sleaze to tracks such as Love In An Elevator and the drop D-tuned Just Push Play.
Perry also reveals his country influences on tracks like Hangman Jury, where he plays skilful slide licks on a lap steel guitar. The following examples give you a taste of Perry’s trademark riffing style, his country-influenced slide lines and a classic pentatonic rock lead lick. Continue reading How to play guitar like Joe Perry
Joe Perry called in, and when he does, he always has a lot to say. Of course I had to ask him about his 2 Grammy performances, his collaboration with Pitbull, the passing of Lemmy, the history of the original Hollywood Vampires, working with Johnny Depp, and taking the band on tour. But, we also talked about Brian Johnson recent announcement about his hearing, and how Joe protects his, after decades of live perfomances, the passing of George Martin, and obviously I had to ask about the state of Aerosmith and his ongoing relationship with Steven Tyler. I think I may have woken him up, he sounded kind of sleepy!
Joe and Billie Perry together with co-Vampires Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper fitted over 350 adults and children with Hearing Aids who have never heard a sound in their life before.