Aerosmith may not be doing a great deal these days, but guitarist Joe Perry is staying busy.
Aerosmith reunited their classic lineup, and warmed up for a major ’80s comeback, with 1985’s Done With Mirrors, but the band didn’t really take off again until two years later with their ninth album, Permanent Vacation. As guitarist Joe Perry recalls now, that record proved a pivotal shift — not just in terms of sales and radio play, but the way Aerosmith made albums going forward. Continue reading Joe Perry Looks Back at Aerosmith’s ‘Permanent Vacation’ 30 Years Later: ‘It Was the Start of a New Paradigm’
Earlier this year, we learned that Aerosmith decided to put off plans to tour the U.S. in order to spend more time in the studio. In a new interview, guitarist Brad Whitford said that the band recently began tracking a new song while in London during their European tour.
“This song is a musical idea of Joe Perry‘s,” he told Billboard Argentina. “We’re doing it very much like we did songs back when we started out. It’s very rock ‘n roll.” Continue reading Aerosmith Have Begun Recording a New Song
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.
One would be hard pressed to find a better authority on the sound of rock music than legendary Aerosmith guitarist and co-leader Joe Perry. Reigning at the helm of this iconic band since its inception in 1971, Joe Perry has set the bar for pure, unadulterated hard rock guitar via songs like “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On” and “Back in the Saddle,” and masterpiece albums like Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line, Permanent Vacation and Pump.
Perry has recently joined forces with Monster Products for the design and release of the Joe Perry Custom Monster Rocker Blaster, an updated, rocked-out version of Monster’s original, critically acclaimed boom box. The Joe Perry edition Monster Rocker Blaster is specially tuned by Joe for the optimal reproduction of classic rock and will feature a “royal rock” gold finish and handcrafted nameplates. Additionally, the first 200 Monster Rocker Blasters will be hand signed by Joe himself. Continue reading Joe Perry Announces Signature Custom Monster Boom Box
About the only piece of memorabilia that Jonathan Robinson won’t be exhibiting during Aerosmith History Day in Sunapee Harbor on Saturday afternoon is a photographic or printed account of his first memory of the venerable rock band. Continue reading Aerosmith History Day In Sunapee