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
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