By Nancy Lasher for Glide magazine, Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD, Brett Duke for nola.com
New Orleans was in epic party mode on May 5th with Cinco De Mayo, the 50th Jazz Fest and the Tri-Centennial of New Orleans! There were Cinco parties everywhere, there were fireworks by the river to celebrate 300 years of NOLA and at Jazzfest there were those bad boys from Boston, Aerosmith! Continue reading Aerosmith Celebrates New Orleans Jazz Fest 50th Anniversary
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says that the band is working on putting together a 50th anniversary tour.
“I think, the way things are going, we are going to try and take it easy,” he told the Atlantic City Weekly. “We may do a couple more one-offs — maybe some festivals over the next six or eight months. In 2019, we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that.”
Speaking of solo material, Perry released Sweetzerland Manifesto, his first non-holiday solo album in eight years, this past January. The album features collaborations with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, as well as David Johansen and Terry Reid.
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’
Joe Perry knows all the moves. Here he gets feedback by angling his tiger-finish signature model Gibson Les Paul at a monitor. It’s a cool technique for making a 6-string howl without standing in front of an amp cranked up to 10.
It’s not every day you get to speak with a bona fide rock ’n’ roll legend—especially one with an encyclopedic knowledge of tone, gear, and the mechanics of groove—but we interviewed Joe Perry and, man, he delivered in spades.
After the great success of last year’s inagural Aerosmith History Day, with over 700 Aero-Heads in attendance, here comes the Aerosmith History Day II 2018!!
All of the same exhibitors of will be rejoining: Jonathan Robinson Aerosmith founder and guitarist, Raymond Tabano, Annie Perry, Mark Blair, Rich Johnson, Dina Mummolo Warchal and Wendy Robinson Chaves Sisto, as well as two new collectors that I’m honored to include: Rob Phaneuf and Deb Formica! Another very special guest who will be attending will be David Scott, drummer with Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton in several pre-Aerosmith bands, The Pipe Dream, Plastic Glass and The Jam Band! Bigger displays, bigger venue, bigger fun!
Magazine archives, tour merchandise, t-shirts, posters, Crew and Band Tour Jackets, gold and platinum record awards, promotional materials, backstage passes & laminates and thousands of Aerosmith photos will all be on display for this great, two-day event!
This year’s event is only one of the many events and attractions that will be part of that weekend’s celebration of Sunapee’s Sestercentennial, our 250th Birthday!
Also that weekend, a special free concert by America’s premiere Aerosmith tribute band, Draw the Line! They’ll be performing at the Ben Mere Gazebo in Sunapee Harbor on Fri., Aug. 17, at about 6:30pm, followed by a huge fireworks display over the harbor.
The Aerosmith History Day II will take place at The Livery, located inside the old Sunapee Town Hall on Main St., the big, white barn at the top of the hill on your right as you enter the harbor.
The hours for Aerosmith History Day II 2018 will be:
- Friday, August 17, from 11am to 6pm and
- Saturday, August 18, from 10am – 4pm
Copies of my Aerosmith Family Tree poster will again be available.
Please be aware that this will be a very busy weekend in our little town, meaning that parking will be challenging, but the weekend organizers will likely have shuttle buses running from parking lots around the town into the harbor.
For the listings of area lodging options: Mountsunapee.com
The event is free, but donations are welcomed!
More updates on aerosmith50years.com
Despite where your loyalties may lie as a fan, we all concede that there are a handful of bands that are true rock legends and Aerosmith is definitely up there among them. Created in the ’70s in Boston, MA, USA, the “Bad Boys from Boston”, as they are sometimes called, managed to catapult to superstar status by giving us rock gems like Cryin’, Crazy and the timeless classic ballad I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.
Now, founding member Joe Perry says he wants Aerosmith to join forces again and record new material, so could this be what die-hard fans have been long waiting for? Continue reading Aerosmith Might Be Recording New Material On The Eve Of 50th Anniversary
On this episode, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry dishes on ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto,’ an all new solo album that was produced by Johnny Depp and features all-star guest vocalists. The legend also discusses the future with Aerosmith and Hollywood Vampires, his relationship with Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, working with his son, Terry Reid, and much more!
Joe Perry Gets Real
Ever since Aerosmith announced that they would be embarking on their farewell tour, reports have been rather mixed on whether or not Aerosmith will continue to write and record music. Some band members have said yes, others have said no, and now we’re all just too confused to decipher a definite answer from the band. To make things worse, Joe Perry was asked about this and gave an even more vague answer…
In a recent interview with SiriusXM, Joe Perry opened up about the possibility of creating a new Aerosmith album. Here is what he had to say…
“I don’t know if we have time to do a whole record, but Steven Tyler and I have talked about getting together and at least throwing some stuff out before we start up again. It’s really about the tempo and the schedule. Obviously, we’ve slowed down somewhat from how we used to tour, but anything’s possible. I don’t know yet.”
“Everybody’s vibe is we’d like to have some new material. But we’ve got so many songs that we haven’t played in so long, and other songs that we’ve never played, so there are a lot of things to come into consideration when you talk about a new record. Sometimes I think about, ‘What’s the point?’ We’ve got all these songs that we’ve already written that have been on these albums that we’d love to play that no one’s ever heard before. And I certainly love recording, and I could see it happening.”
I guess at this point, like I say time and time again, time will tell. Personally, I think one last great record from Aerosmith would be a great way to cap off their stellar multi-decade career, but that’s just me…