Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is nowhere near ready to drive a stake into Hollywood Vampires. Far from it.
The rock supergroup, which sees the 65-year-old Perry playing guitar alongside actor-musician Johnny Depp and lead singer Alice Cooper, released an album last year and performed a tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy at this year’s Grammys.
Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper of Hollywood Vampires attend The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has experienced his share of controversy over the years. So he’s taking a posture of quiet empathy as fellow Hollywood Vampires principal Johnny Depp continues to deny abuse accusations from Amber Heard, with whom he’s in the middle of an acrimonious divorce. Continue reading Joe Perry Talks Bandmate Johnny Depp’s Divorce Allegations & Aerosmith’s Final Tour
Think of iconic bands of the ’70s, and alongside British bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, there are the Bad Boys of Boston, Aerosmith, whose blues-soaked glam rock ‘n’ roll blazed a direct path to the hair metal of the ’80s. Fronted by the uncontainable and ever-entertaining frontman Steven Tyler, the band burst on to the scene with its self-titled debut record in 1973, which featured the enduring “Dream On,” by anyone’s measure one of the best rock ballads ever written. Guitarist Joe Perry and Tyler started the band in New England in the middle of the Vietnam War. The ups and downs of the two men’s relationship has continued to define the band. The two partied so hard as to earn the nickname “The Toxic Twins,” and in 1979, Perry quit the band, only to rejoin in the ’80s. The band has some of its biggest commercially successes in the ’90s, including the band’s only number one hit, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” released in ’97, when Perry was 47 years old. In 2009, Perry told the press the band was looking for a singer to replace Tyler. If it was a threat, the band never followed through, as Tyler remains with the band to this day.
Last year, Perry released an autobiography, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, with co-writer David Ritz, and also released a Christmas album. New Times spoke with Perry as the band prepared to kick off its tour on Saturday, June 13, with an appearance at Gila River Arena in Glendale. We talked about his relationship with Tyler, the band’s early days, and how the artistic vision he had 40 years ago has played out over his career.
– Joe Perry is a true rock and roll legend, a living icon, a title few can claim. Perry has dedicated nearly 40 years to writing and performing rock and roll. He was ranked in Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of fame, and has served as the lead guitarist and part of the creative force behind one of the century’s greatest rock bands, creating songs such as “Dream On,” “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” “Back in the Saddle” and many others. Continue reading Perry, Cooper and Depp will give ‘once in a lifetime’ tribute to rock-n-roll greats
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Aerosmith guitarist jumped at the chance to join Alice Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires
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Joe Perry, left, was in Los Angeles working on other projects when Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp came calling for help on Cooper’s Hollywood Vampires album.
For Joe Perry, it was the ultimate case of being in the right place at the right time.
The Aerosmith guitarist was in Los Angeles working on his autobiography and writing new music for a solo record when Alice Cooper came knocking looking for the axe man’s help.
“They were in Johnny’s compound right next to the studio and I’m 20 feet away,” Perry says over the phone from Hawaii. “I started getting phone calls. Would you come over and play on this. We need you to play on that.”
Joe Perry says his new supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires, will be staying in Central New York for about a week next month.
The rock band, which features the Aerosmith guitarist, singer Alice Cooper and guitarist (and sometimes actor) Johnny Depp, is scheduled to kick off their first-ever tour next month at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The group played a handful of shows in L.A. and the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil last year, but CNY will be the first to see them live in 2016 since their performance at the Grammy Awards in February. Continue reading Joe Perry talks Aerosmith future, says Hollywood Vampires will be in CNY for a week