Joe Perry’s back in the saddle again with blues-rock ‘Manifesto’

Though Aerosmith has risen from the dead plenty of times before, whatever train kept the Boston classic-rock titans a-rollin’ for the better part of the last half-century seems to finally be grinding to a halt. Yet while the band’s other members busy themselves with country albums and coffee companies, Joe Perry still just wants to rock — and after his July 2016 onstage collapse, the mere fact that the guitarist is healthy enough to write and record a solo album feels like cause for gratitude. “Sweetzerland Manifesto” delivers pretty much exactly what you might expect from a new Joe Perry record, but it’s sure to satisfy his core audience. Continue reading Joe Perry’s back in the saddle again with blues-rock ‘Manifesto’

The 20 best Eric Clapton songs

Some of the world’s most important musicians come together to collate Eric Clapton’s finest moments

The Yardbirds – Too Much Monkey Business (Five Live Yardbirds, 1964)

Joe Perry: “When I was in my teens I got a second-hand copy of the Beano album [John Mayall’s Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton_] that was really well worn and it sounded incredible. There were a couple of songs that sounded ‘lounge band’ but the rest of the stuff took the top of your head off. I’d never heard anything like it. _Steppin’ Out is still a song that I pick apart. When I get bored and want to get inspired again I sit down and learn a few new licks from it, or I’ll listen to the solo from Crossroads from the Cream live album [_Wheels Of Fire_]. That was probably my first taste of the blues.  Continue reading The 20 best Eric Clapton songs

Joe Perry assembles all-star band for solo dates

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.

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Will Headline Monster CES 2018 Concert

Monster said rock guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith will headline its annual CES concert in January.

This year’s concert and awards program, which honors the company’s top retail partners, will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. This is not the first time Perry has taken the stage for Monster; he also appeared at the Michael Jackson tribute show at CES 2016. He is a brand ambassador for the audio manufacturer and has been collaborating with Monster for a line of CE devices, slated to debut at CES.

The concert, titled “The Sound of Rock,” will also feature special guests, Monster said, who will be “handpicked” by Perry. Names will be revealed closer to the show.

Monster has a long history of bringing big-name acts to its invite-only annual CES concerts. Past performers include Ray Charles, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Fleetwood Mac, John Legend, Steve Miller, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

George Benson headlined last year’s event.

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What have Aerosmith been doing since their last album?

It had taken just moments in a room together in 2010 for Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry to resolve the issues that had brought the band to the verge of disaster – again.
The latest in a series of Toxic Twin fights had made it seem as if Tyler was preparing to quit and that his colleagues had decided to replace him even if he didn’t. Lawsuits had been threatened, quotes had been printed … but it was just another disagreement within the ranks of the Boston band.
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