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!
How does Joe Perry spend his 65th birthday? Remembering the classics. The one that still moves him is Train Kept a-Rollin’. It dates back to 1951. But it was the Yardbirds version that captured his Rock n Roll driven imagination. Joe talks about how a single song has stayed with them through the entire journey.
Rock and roll has long been considered a boys’ club. But for a while in the early 1970s, there really was a rock and roll boys’ club on the Sunset Strip. This motley crew of musicians who were in bad need of a drink were known as the Hollywood Vampires, and met upstairs at the Rainbow Bar and Grill. The group included Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr and many others. Original “member” Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and actor Johnny Depp have joined together to tip their hats to this unlikely footnote in rock history; this week their record The Hollywood Vampires hits stores, featuring covers of classic rock songs like “School’s Out,” “My Generation,” “Manic Depression,” and more. Cooper and Perry visit the Soundcheck studio to talk about the collaboration.
Joe Perry of Aerosmith talks about a crazy encounter. Here’s how it went down. They heard noises in a nearby forest. Grabbed the video camera. Once inside the leaves and trees. A huge black hairy creature dominated their fear. Did Joe Perry see Big Foot?
It almost sounds like I’m setting you up for a joke. Joe Perry and Paul McCartney meet up at a recording studio to drop some tracks with Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires. Joe turns to McCartney and says…. Joe talks about it… Hollywood Vampires new album drops September 11th