When it comes to rock history, the class of 1973 was a great one: debut recordings from Queen, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Lindsay Buckingham & Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, the New York Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult and Aerosmith.
If Aerosmith makes it hard to decide just when to make a run for it Saturday — to get rid of the last beer and score the next one — Joe Perry might be happy to hear that.
It’s a testament to the band’s longevity, and to set-list science.
“We spend the best part of two hours before the show figuring out what the set’s going to be,” the guitarist said of the “Blue Army Tour” that brings the enduring Boston rockers back to the MGM on Saturday. Continue reading Old Aerosmith songs still passing for new
But the lead guitarist is also a thoughtful rock ‘n’ roll observer, and last fall, he released “Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith,” a memoir that covered his personal life and tumultuous career. Aerosmith’s had more lives than most cats, from their ’70s hard-rock days to an ’80s comeback that helped a hip-hop classic up the charts and on to an Oscar nomination for 1998 power ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The band, hearing the clock ticking, are still road warriors in 2015: they’ll arrive at Ridgefield, Washington’s Amphitheater Northwest on July 28 as part of a brief summer tour.
I spoke with Perry in May, right after SPIN Magazine listed 1989’s “Pump” among its best albums of the last 30 years. We talked about the band’s persistence, its hip-hop legacy and singer Steven Tyler’s upcoming country debut. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Continue reading Q&A: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on touring, Run-D.M.C. and Steven Tyler’s country album
In an extensive interview, the legendary guitarist opens up about the dynamics that drive the band and why making a new Aerosmith album might not be in the cards.
There have been precious few constants in a musical landscape that has undergone seismic changes over the past several decades, from the birth of the larger-than-life rock star to the advent and eventual death of the MTV era to the digital revolution that has made it much easier for fans to hear music – and much less likely that they’ll buy it.
Aerosmith, the rock band that sprung from New England in the early ’70s and amped up the boozy, bluesy brashness of The Rolling Stones into an arena-ready brand of hard rock, is still standing through all of the changes and challenges, from the ups and downs of the music industry to the group’s own highly publicized internal turmoil.
At the heart of Aerosmith is the prolific and sometimes volatile relationship between frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, a duo dubbed “The Toxic Twins” at the height of their drug-addled debauchery. Those days are long behind them, but Aerosmith, now well into its fifth decade, does not appear to have any intentions of winding down its legendary career anytime soon. The group is currently on its “Blue Army” tour, which will wrap up in early August, and on Sept. 4, the band will release “Aerosmith Rocks Donnington 2014,” a DVD that captures the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ performance at the iconic British rock festival. Factor in the side projects, like Tyler’s impending debut country album and Perry’s involvement with the Alice Cooper-led Hollywood Vampires project, and you get the idea.
With all of this as a backdrop, Perry recently took the time on a day off from the tour to chat exclusively with HNGN about what keeps the band and its fans going, the concert DVD, the possibility of a new Aerosmith studio album, Tyler’s reaction to Perry’s 2014 autobiography, “Rocks,” and his admiration for Johnny Depp. Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks New Donnington DVD, Steven Tyler And Jamming With Johnny Depp
June 13, 2015 America’s greatest band started their Blue Army Tour. Here are some photos and videos from the show. Continue reading Aerosmith rocks Glendale, AZ
Even if you’re choosing not to factor in certain lifestyle decisions the members of Aerosmith made in their ’70s prime, the fact that all five musicians who played on the sessions for “Dream On” more than 40 years ago are still touring together is kind of miraculous.
And guitarist Joe Perry, for one, sounds incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play the hits that made him famous one more time with those guys. He even had nice things to say about the prospect of a Steven Tyler solo album when he checked in just before the tour launch to reflect on all things Aerosmith, from embracing the sound of their misspent youth on “Music from Another Dimension!” to a most unlikely pick for the ultimate Aerosmith album. Continue reading Interview: Joe Perry reflects on life in Aerosmith
How do you write about a song that
no one liked?
How do you like a song from an album
that the leader of the band dissed so badly
Look… I like what I like. Maybe it’s Joe taking center stage, maybe it’s Steven’s awesome back up vocals, maybe there’s no real reason at all…
Even though the album debuted at #2, with almost a ¼ million copies in the 1st week, it doesn’t seem like too many people liked it. Not even Joe.
I don’t think we’ve made a decent album in years. Just Push Play is my least favorite. When we recorded it there was never a point where all five members were in the room at the same time and Aerosmith’s major strength is playing together. It was a learning experience for me: it showed me how NOT to make an “Aerosmith” record.
Stephen Erlewine, who has never been kind to the boys from New Hampsha’ didn’t quite know what to say, which didn’t help, calling it their best work since “PUMP”, but then critiqued them for “Not acting their age”… Then in classic Erlewine fashion he pulls the Jagger/Richards card and compares their first production under the name “The Boneyard Boys” to Mick and Keith’s “The Glimmer Twins”. The man just can’t get out of his own box.
Others, like Blender mag, along with a few others basically tore it up. But the worst was; Darryl Stredan who said; “They’re not a band anymore, they’re a marketing company, and they should just stop producing new music.” Shit even UltimateClassicRock.com ranks the album the 14th worst Aerosmith album out of 15, but then they ranked Nine Lives 15th worst, so…? And a lot of these guys said Nine Lives was worse… What the fuck??? Is it just me?
The song itself was at the very bottom of all critiques of the album, so I guess I’m pretty alone here, but I love the psychedelic mood of it, and hell I hated psychedelic back in the day… go figure. I know the whole album consisted of trying new things and new songs and new sounds, maybe that’s why I like it. These guys never sold out. They just kept creating new stuff.
Rolling Stone, of all the mags! Highly unusual, they liked it… they had really good things to say about the album… maybe not this song, but… Then again, in true Rolling Stone fashion, they slammed it at the end and said Aerosmith hadn’t made a good record since ’76.
Maybe they called on Frederickson, and Hudson a bit too much on this one as they co-wrote almost the entire album…
Maybe it’s shit like this; for an Old Blue Army hormone crazed 16 year old dude:
“New century, same old Aerosmith. Same five guys. Same iron-boned riffs and crack-the-sky choruses. Same dripping-body-juice metaphors too, like this fragrant spoonful from “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” on the band’s thirteenth studio album, Just Push Play: “Creme de gardenia/And black vaseline . . . She’s tasting like cherries/Sweet love’s grenadine.”
There’s a lot more really good things rolling stone wrote, but I’ll leave that for ya’ll to look up on your own, and just say this;
It makes me listen….
Joey liked… I liked it…
And if you don’t like it, well a lot of people weren’t thrilled with the 90s. Besides, we’re just starting out here…
I love Joe’s vocals, and the impact of Joey’s beats on this one. Steven gives a whole ‘nother dimension as a “Back Up” singer., and actually trades lead. Very, very unique for these guys…
“sss…. sweet almond eyes just to see and be seen
She’s naturally drop dead gorgeous
She tasting like cherries sweet love’s grenadine
She’s naturally drop dead gorgeous
Makes love like a rabbit to my velveteen
She’s naturally drop dead gorgeous
A ten with a smile like a young Norma Jean
She’s naturally drop dead gorgeous… gorgeous…”
This is “Drop Dead Gorgeous”
Depends on your P.O.V. I guess, but If you know what the song’s about you might just change your opinion…
Here we have another “last choice” of songs to make it onto vinyl.
This one’s from their first 2nd chance.
You spend enough time in “Hell’s Kitchen”, or San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, you’re bound to take in some of the sights. Steven has never hidden his affection for the seedy side of life. Seedy in some people’s eyes, savory in others. Like I said, it depends on your POV. Steven has always been kindred to the hookers who give a lot, but don’t ask for much. Maybe because of the real time he’s spent with those trying to survive, he gets their plight without judgment. I’m not sure my opinions differ much either. I mean for a large part of my life, it seemed like just as honorable a profession as so many others who might wear a suit and tie, or even a uniform and a badge. Continue reading Number 86 – Are You Payin’, or Are You Chargin’? Or Are You Just Rakin’ in The Profits?
Namely the Boys From Sunapee…
Not So Much for This One…
Creating what they would later call their “1st True Record”. They were starting to get an idea of what they wanted to do, what direction they wanted to take. For me, I was an 11-12 year old boy with nothing left.
Still just a young boy, the “Last Child of 9”, it was a little rougher than most others I knew. It would be a few years still, before I would even know what a Gibson Guitar was, or the difference between a harmonica, and an accordion… Well, I knew, but I wasn’t much interested, I really didn’t care. All I cared about was what I lost. Probably a bit too involved in my “Ma tellin’ me about her ordeal, and her soul she could not feel”, after all…. in her eyes, Papa died. Continue reading Number 73 –1974 Was a Good Year for Some, Namely the Boys from Sunapee, But Not This Boy