Have you ever had an experience with the paranormal in the traditional sense of the word? Yes. It was a very odd thing. Joe Perry and I were writing songs for this movie called Monster Dog [which came out in 1984] at an old house in Copake, New York. Every time I would put something down – I’d go in the other room, I’d come back – it was in some other place. It was more playful than scary. We were both just out of rehab so we figured we were just insane. But when the two road guys said, “Jeez, I know I put ’em there and they were on the other side of the room when I came back.”
That night at dinner, there’s a basement right under us and it sounds like somebody’s moving furniture down there. It’s not just a bump or a little thing: It sounds like 20 people are moving furniture. And it’s not like the movies where you go, “Let’s go see what that is.” It was more like, “Do you know where the car keys are?” We got out of there that night.
Then I asked my manager, Shep [Gordon], “What is it with your house up in Copake?” And he said, “Oh, the guy wrote Amityville Horror there.” He said, “My mom had a dinner party there one night where the dining table moved a foot to the left with everybody sitting there.” I went, “And you were gonna tell me this when?” So yeah, that was paranormal. I can’t explain any of that.
Q: Earlier, you referenced being at the point of your career where you’re touring because you want to. Last year, you were touring with Hollywood Vampires. This year, you’ve got a pretty condensed schedule of solo shows. You’re keeping yourself pretty busy — at least to the point where Joe Perry couldn’t keep up with you last year.
A: Yeah, that was one thing I miscalculated on. Robert DeLeo plays with Stone Temple Pilots, and they’re on kind of the same schedule we are, where you play four to five shows a week. Generally four, but a lot of times five shows a week. And you get in better shape as you go along. It’s aerobic, and nobody’s a druggie and nobody’s a drinker — they might have a couple beers or something like that, but nobody’s got an alcohol problem. So you actually get in better shape as you move along. I didn’t realize with Joe that we had just done eight shows in nine days. And he was not in shape. He was not ready for it. Johnny [Depp] was in great shape, I was in great shape, everybody up there onstage felt pretty good. And I looked over and I realized that, physically, Joe was just not in good shape. I felt bad after that. I talked to Steven [Tyler], I said, ‘Steven, I didn’t realize you guys do two shows a week!’ We talked about it. And the next time I saw Joe, he was in perfect condition. I never saw him in better shape. And he finished out the tour with us. Five days later, he was back onstage and finished out the tour, and I never heard him play so good, and I never saw him look so good. Whatever he did with the doctor, the doctor got him healthy.
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
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.”
It’s little wonder Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was the 2017 recipient of the Les Paul award at NAMM, the annual music and technology convention, held in Anaheim, California, at the weekend.
At the NAMM TEC Awards, Hollywood Vampires bandmate and actor Johnny Depp presented Mr. Perry with the honor, calling him “his hero” and “the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.” Alice Cooper, who co-founded the band with Mr. Depp, joined them onstage for a few songs, much to the delight of attendees.
Mr. Perry, 66, talked exclusively with The Washington Times about the honor.
Question: In previous years Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Neil Young were award recipients. What does receiving this mean to you?
Answer: I was a little taken aback at all the heavy hitters who have also gotten this. It really hit me how prestigious it is to be on this list as a recipient. My good buddy Slash has also received it. I was very excited to be recognized in this way.
Supergroup headlines show to benefit teen center on Saturday, Dec. 3
Check out Alice Cooper’s 15th Annual Christmas Pudding on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Celebrity Theatre. This year’s line up is phenomenal. Supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which includes Phoenix rock legend Alice Cooper, actor Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, headlines the show and performs rock classics. This will be a repeat performance for Depp, who played guitar to a full house at 2012’s Christmas Pudding. Rock out with the ”I Can’t Drive 55” guy, Sammy Hagar (formerly of Van Halen and Montrose). If you like to headbang, check out nu-metal band Korn. Tempe’s Gin Blossoms, who had several top 10 hits in the ‘90s, will play their brand of alternative rock. Continue reading Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry bring this year’s Christmas Pudding to Celebrity Theatre