The 20 best Eric Clapton songs

Some of the world’s most important musicians come together to collate Eric Clapton’s finest moments

The Yardbirds – Too Much Monkey Business (Five Live Yardbirds, 1964)

Joe Perry: “When I was in my teens I got a second-hand copy of the Beano album [John Mayall’s Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton_] that was really well worn and it sounded incredible. There were a couple of songs that sounded ‘lounge band’ but the rest of the stuff took the top of your head off. I’d never heard anything like it. _Steppin’ Out is still a song that I pick apart. When I get bored and want to get inspired again I sit down and learn a few new licks from it, or I’ll listen to the solo from Crossroads from the Cream live album [_Wheels Of Fire_]. That was probably my first taste of the blues.  Continue reading The 20 best Eric Clapton songs

Boston Rock / Talk Podcast with Joe Perry

Boston Rock / Talk Podcast with Joe Perry     

Boston Rock / Talk

Joe Perry Interview: Aerosmith Then & Now + More

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Joe Perry is a busy man. And he expects to get really busy late this year with the band you know well. That’s when Aerosmith’s tour—formerly, albeit briefly, known as their “farewell tour”—will kick off.

It’s expected to roll all night long, well into 2020, the year Perry pegs as the Bad Boys from Boston’s 50th anniversary. The guitarist-songwriter hopes that he and his former Toxic Twin, singer Steven Tyler, will be able to record with their mates, guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer, to make a new EP or LP in time for the tour’s start.

“Steven and I have talked about it and the other guys have talked about it,” Perry says, on the phone from the Sarasota, Fla., condo he shares with his wife, Billie. “We’ve been so involved with other things. I know Steven’s been doing his solo [country] thing. We haven’t gotten down to things specifically, but I really would like to [record] some new music. It’s kind of in that chill time [right now] for Aerosmith.”  Continue reading Joe Perry Interview: Aerosmith Then & Now + More

Joe Perry Announces Signature Custom Monster Boom Box

One would be hard pressed to find a better authority on the sound of rock music than legendary Aerosmith guitarist and co-leader Joe Perry. Reigning at the helm of this iconic band since its inception in 1971, Joe Perry has set the bar for pure, unadulterated hard rock guitar via songs like “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On” and “Back in the Saddle,” and masterpiece albums like Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line, Permanent Vacation and Pump.
Perry has recently joined forces with Monster Products for the design and release of the Joe Perry Custom Monster Rocker Blaster, an updated, rocked-out version of Monster’s original, critically acclaimed boom box. The Joe Perry edition Monster Rocker Blaster is specially tuned by Joe for the optimal reproduction of classic rock and will feature a “royal rock” gold finish and handcrafted nameplates. Additionally, the first 200 Monster Rocker Blasters will be hand signed by Joe himself. Continue reading Joe Perry Announces Signature Custom Monster Boom Box

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on March Madness Music Festival, Summer Tour & Looking Toward 50-Year Anniversary

Aerosmith will kick off two months of international touring in May, but first the iconic band will rock the NCAA March Madness Music Festival’s closing night on Sunday in Phoenix.

The three days of music coinciding with college basketball’s Final Four will also include Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more, leading up to Aerosmith’s set. And guitarist Joe Perry says the band is mixing things up for the occasion.

Perry tells Billboard he and his bandmates — Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer — have been retooling their set list with some old favorites ahead of the upcoming tour and this performance at the March Madness Music Festival will give fans a good taste of what to expect this summer. Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on March Madness Music Festival, Summer Tour & Looking Toward 50-Year Anniversary

Joe Perry on Receiving the NAMM TEC Les Paul Award, Aerosmith’s Touring Plans

Aerosmith legend Joe Perry was bestowed with the Les Paul Award at the recent NAMM TEC Awards in Anaheim, Calif., and Loudwire was given the privilege of sitting down with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist just prior to him receiving the honor. In addition to speaking about the award itself, Perry talked with us about Aerosmith’s ‘Aero-Vederci Baby!’ trek, his take on farewell tours in general, the band’s recording plans and the future of his all-star group the Hollywood Vampires. Check out our chat with Joe Perry below: Continue reading Joe Perry on Receiving the NAMM TEC Les Paul Award, Aerosmith’s Touring Plans

Joe Perry On The Big Business Of Aerosmith

Musician Joe Perry, left, Dave Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar, center, and Peter Leinheiser, Senior Director of GIbson Entertainment Relations. (Matt Sayles/AP Images for Gibson Brands)

Imagine you start a little mom and pop business that grows into a billion-dollar business. That is, of course, the dream. Anything we undertake we want to be successful. But there are sacrifices that come with that success; among them, being much more heavily scrutinized and it’s much harder to be spontaneous as you have more people to answer to.

So of course you are thankful for the success, but every once in a while you dream of what it would be like to start over with a new venture, give yourself a new challenge, one with more freedom. That is kind of the position Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry nicely finds himself in as he explained when I met with him at the NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California.

Aerosmith, which started as a garage band in Boston in the early ‘70s. has gone on to be the bestselling American rock band of all time, with over 150 million albums sold worldwide and over 70 million just in the U.S. So as he understandably says, “Without a doubt, Aerosmith is a big machine.”

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