In 2002, Ben Mitchell spoke to Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. In this no-holds-barred Q&A, which remained unpublished for many years, he tries to get to the bottom of the many myths and salacious stories surrounding the band.
Is it true that you once opened a show with the song that you usually played last, thought that you’d finished and walked off?
Steven Tyler: No. What we have done is played the same song twice in a show. It didn’t happen very often, but this was the early days
You played the same song twice in a row?
ST: Oh no, that would have made us blithering idiots. We were just drug addicts.
Joe Perry: We probably went on without a setlist because we were late and just muddled through.
Steven, were you aware there was a rumour that you and Joey [Kramer, Aerosmith drummer] were gay when Aerosmith were starting out? Continue reading Aerosmith interview: the truth about the chaos, the coke, and the cleaning up
Johnny Depp never wanted to be an actor – the film star’s teenage dream was to make it big in a band. And now, with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, he has. Will Hodgkinson meets the Hollywood Vampires
In the centre of Copenhagen on a balmy Saturday night, 20,000 people have crammed into the Tivoli Gardens for a concert by the Hollywood Vampires. The young crowd in this toffee-apple-bright, 19th-century amusement park are losing themselves to what is essentially a very good bar band, playing Break On Through (To the Other Side) by the Doors, Baba O’Riley by the Who, Ace of Spades by Motörhead … One classic after another from the golden age of rock. Continue reading Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry: backstage with the Hollywood Vampires
Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry discuss addiction, rock-star excess, middle-age mellowing – and the mythical all-star drinking club that gave the band their name
In the early 70s, Alice Cooper helmed his own secret late-night drinking club. Based in an exclusive loft at Hollywood’s legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill, it provided boozy sanctuary to many fellow stars including Ringo Starr, John Belushi, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Keith Emerson, Harry Nilsson and Marc Bolan. Their all-night drinking sessions took place away from the prying eyes of the media and nagging managers. The staff at the Rainbow dubbed the crew the Hollywood Vampires. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires: ‘You’ve got to have ego to do what we do’
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.
Alright, what’s the story behind the title of your latest solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto?” Continue reading Joe Perry talks about performing with his friends, the Hollywood Vampires, and his solo album ‘Sweetzerland Mainfesto’
Boston Rock / Talk Podcast with Joe Perry
On January 19th, legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released his new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto . As part of the promotional activities for this new collection of songs, Joe sat down with Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! News for an in-depth video chat, which can be viewed below.
<iframe width=’640′ height=’360′ scrolling=’no’ frameborder=’0′ src=’https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/joe-perry-exclusive-interview-185711157.html?format=embed’ allowfullscreen=’true’ mozallowfullscreen=’true’ webkitallowfullscreen=’true’ allowtransparency=’true’ allow=’autoplay; fullscreen’></iframe> Continue reading Joe Perry talks Aerosmith – “Getting that machine going can be really hard”
When Aerosmith reunited in 1984, five years after the acrimonious departure of founding guitarist Joe Perry, the result was the greatest comeback in rock ’n’ roll history. Following Aerosmith’s culture-shifting, zeitgeist-capturing “Walk This Way” collaboration with then-rising hip-hop duo Run-DMC, which went to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, the group’s ninth studio album, Permanent Vacation, went five times platinum and further solidified their MTV-superstar status some 30 years ago. It also solidified the tumultuous yet enduring artistic partnership of the “Toxic Twins,” aka Perry and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Continue reading Joe Perry reveals how his wife helped Aerosmith come together again
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.
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