Joe Perry On The Big Business Of Aerosmith

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.”

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Honored With Les Paul Award At 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

31On Saturday, January 23, legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was presented with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards in Anaheim, CA.  Perry was presented with the honor by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who said Perry was “his hero” and “the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.”   Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Honored With Les Paul Award At 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards

Aerosmith guitarist Perry gets Les Paul award at NAMM

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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.

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Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry bring this year’s Christmas Pudding to Celebrity Theatre

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

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and X Japan’s Yoshiki for Classic Rock Awards Tokyo

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and X Japan mainman Yoshiki join star-studded lineup for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo this week

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and X Japan mainman Yoshiki are the latest stars to be added to the incredible lineup for this week’s Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in Tokyo.

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Joe Perry talks riffs, guitars, and Hollywood Vampires

Feature Interview:  Joe Perry Talks Riffs, Guitars, and the Future of Hollywood Vampires

Hard to believe, but nearly a half-century has passed since Joe Perry partnered with Steven Tyler to form the songwriting core of Aerosmith. The Boston-based rockers have been on a sabbatical of late, but during the downtime, Perry has involved himself in several projects. Most notably, the veteran guitarist recently wrapped up a tour performing with the Hollywood Vampires – a “supergroup” named after Alice Cooper’s notorious group of ‘70s drinking buddies. Comprised of Cooper, Perry, Johnny Depp, Matt Sorum, Tommy Henriksen, Robert DeLeo and Bruce Witkin, the Vampires also recorded an album that mixed three original songs with cover versions of period-specific classics. We spoke with Perry before the tour got underway, and then followed up with him after he came off the road.

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Alice Cooper Breaks Silence on Joe Perry Collapse

“He told me the night before he hadn’t eaten in two days,” singer says

Alice Cooper explains what happened to Joe Perry when the guitarist collapsed onstage.

Alice Cooper vividly remembers the shock he felt when he learned that Joe Perry had collapsed onstage mid-song during a Hollywood Vampires concert in Brooklyn. “It scared the hell out of me,” he tells Rolling Stone. “The lyrics to [‘Raise the Dead’], the first song we played that night, go, ‘Cardiac, heart attack … they never feared the reaper,’ and I look around the stage and he’s gone. He was lying behind an amp on his back, and I went, ‘Oh, my God.’ We didn’t know what happened until after the show.” Continue reading Alice Cooper Breaks Silence on Joe Perry Collapse