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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“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
Band also dusts off Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” at first of three concerts at Red Sox stadium
Pearl Jam kicked off a three-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park Friday night with their first ever performance of Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line.”
Pearl Jam kicked off a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park Friday night with a 32-song concert that featured the band performing, for the first time, “Draw the Line” by hometown heroes Aerosmith.
“That was for Joe Perry. We’re thinking about you,” Vedder told the Boston crowd after their rendition of the 1977 single. In July, Perry collapsed onstage during a Hollywood Vampires concert in Brooklyn; two weeks later, he rejoined the supergroup. Continue reading See Pearl Jam Cover Aerosmith’s ‘Draw the Line’ at Fenway Park
Joe Perry is back on tour with the Hollywood Vampires. Although Steven Tyler was “really concerned” about his Aerosmith bandmate after Perry collapsed at a Hollywood Vampires show in Brooklyn and was hospitalized on July 10, it appears the guitarist is ready to rock again.
Joe Perry ‘Stable’ After Health Scare During Hollywood Vampires Concert
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Hollywood Vampires a rockin’ club of musicians
Call it the ultimate of “cover” bands.
The Hollywood Vampires, the new mega-group starring macabre rocker Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, is touring the country this summer with a playlist of rock hits largely made famous by bands from the 1970s.
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Hall of fame songwriter Joe Perry, with Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler, wrote hit rock song after hit rock song.
But, during a recent interview with the Daily News, Perry had plenty of nice things to say for a fellow songwriter — a man best known for his talents on screen whether he is playing an aloof pirate or a pale, misunderstood monster.
“Johnny wrote one of the best songs on the record — and one of the best classic rock songs I’ve heard in a long time,” Perry said. Continue reading Hollywood Vampires coming to Soaring Eagle July 13
It might seem a bit gruesome at first blush, this idea of paying tribute to the dead rock stars who once populated Hollywood’s dens of iniquity as hardcore denizens of the dark. But when legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, erstwhile actor Johnny Depp, and the progenitor of shock rock Alice Cooper teamed up as Hollywood Vampires last year, the mood became far more celebratory than somber.
The Vampires picked their favorite tunes by deceased rock icons, many of whom had been friends – or at least, drinking buddies – back in the day, called a bunch of friends to round out the rhythm section, pulled in a few superstar cameos – some guy named McCartney was one of them – and tracked a glittering hard rock debut.
Jeff Miers spoke to Perry by phone a few weeks back, just as rehearsals for the tour were commencing. Here’s how it went.
Q: Playing the most recent Grammys last February with Hollywood Vampires felt, from the fan’s-eye view, like a victory for guitar-based rock ’n’ roll. We don’t hear much of that at awards shows these days. It cleared the air. How did it feel from your side of the stage?
A: It felt like you described it. Loud and raunchy and really energetic. How much more fun can you have than playing music you believe in with your friends? Continue reading Hollywood Vampires guitarist Joe Perry expresses his ‘Buffalove’