One of the two principal members of Aerosmith, Joe Perry, has shared stories of their career in a new book, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. He and fellow “toxic twin” of Aerosmith, singer Steven Tyler, were the primary architects of the sound that defined teenagers lives in recurring decades, defying the typical path of success to become a multigenerational phenomenon. He took time to provide insight into the Boston band’s four decades of work with HPR All Things Considered Local Host – and former Boston resident himself – Dave Lawrence.
Below, check out Joe’s new cover of Run Run Rudolph from his new solo EP Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. Also see the complete Commonwealth Avenue concert from Boston, referred to in the conversation, and recorded in November 2012 (the actual performance begins around 1:09:30; before the set from Aerosmith, some of the unusual production requirements for this show on a public street are shared in this long-form video).
By Dave Lawrence for Hawaii Public Radio