Joe Perry is taking the stage in support of his new solo album — and he’s rounded up a bunch of his famous friends.
As previously reported, Perry is prepping Sweetzerland Manifesto, his first non-holiday solo studio effort in nearly a decade. Due Jan. 19, the new album finds the Aerosmith co-founder working with an array of well-known collaborators that includes Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David “Buster Poindexter” Johansen.
Perry was joined by Zander — as well as Extreme singer Gary Cherone and Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo — for his set at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. Dubbed “The Sound of Rock,” Perry’s performance spanned 17 songs, touching on covers and new material, as well as Aerosmith classics; you can check out fan-shot footage from the show above and below.
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.
Winners in 31 technical and creative achievement categories were announced at the 32nd annual NAMM TEC Awards, presented annually by the NAMM Foundation and held January 21 in Anaheim, California. The annual event celebrates the best in professional audio and sound production and is held during the NAMM Show, the world’s leading global music industry trade event. Comedian Sinbad returned to host for the third time.
Joe Perry, one of music’s most significant artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award, presented to remarkably distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry. HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES bandmate and actor Johnny Depp presented Perry with the award, then joined Perry, Brad Whitford and Alice Cooper on stage for a live performance. Also appearing with them were Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER) on drums, Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) on bass and Colin Douglas on percussion.
The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to luminaries, including Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, Peter Gabriel and Slash.
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