Joe Perry: 5 Songs I Play When I Get Up

Aerosmith guitarist reveals his turntable favorites, including Dylan, Hendrix and the Stones

The future of Aerosmith may be up in the air, but Joe Perry isn’t letting that slow him down. The guitarist is currently prepping a new solo LP and gearing up for a tour with Hollywood Vampires. It’s no surprise, then, that he tends to keep nocturnal hours. “I usually wake up at about three in the afternoon,” Perry told us recently. “The first thing I do is put a record on the turntable.” Here are some of his favorite selections. 

Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone”

I don’t know what he’s singing about half the time, but somehow the lyrics were easy to wrap your head around. This is a song that has stuck with me forever.

Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Women”

This has all the elements of what makes the Stones the Stones. It’s a simple song, but those are the hardest ones to write.

Jimi Hendrix, “Driving South”

There’s a version from the BBC with the original Experience where he just cuts loose for six minutes. It really gives you an idea of his blues roots.

J. Geils Band, “Love Stinks”

I don’t know if there is a better frontman than Peter Wolf. They were one of the first bands to understand the value of videos and MTV.

Deep Purple, “Highway Star”

This was constructed back when real players knew how to hold your attention with a solo for three minutes.

By Rolling Stone