The star-studded debut album by Hollywood Vampires – the mega-rock triumvirate of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry – now has a release date. The self-titled record, which features appearances by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Slash, Joe Walsh, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, late horror acting icon Christopher Lee and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, among others, will be released on September 11th.
In an extensive interview, the legendary guitarist opens up about the dynamics that drive the band and why making a new Aerosmith album might not be in the cards.
There have been precious few constants in a musical landscape that has undergone seismic changes over the past several decades, from the birth of the larger-than-life rock star to the advent and eventual death of the MTV era to the digital revolution that has made it much easier for fans to hear music – and much less likely that they’ll buy it.
Aerosmith, the rock band that sprung from New England in the early ’70s and amped up the boozy, bluesy brashness of The Rolling Stones into an arena-ready brand of hard rock, is still standing through all of the changes and challenges, from the ups and downs of the music industry to the group’s own highly publicized internal turmoil.
At the heart of Aerosmith is the prolific and sometimes volatile relationship between frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, a duo dubbed “The Toxic Twins” at the height of their drug-addled debauchery. Those days are long behind them, but Aerosmith, now well into its fifth decade, does not appear to have any intentions of winding down its legendary career anytime soon. The group is currently on its “Blue Army” tour, which will wrap up in early August, and on Sept. 4, the band will release “Aerosmith Rocks Donnington 2014,” a DVD that captures the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ performance at the iconic British rock festival. Factor in the side projects, like Tyler’s impending debut country album and Perry’s involvement with the Alice Cooper-led Hollywood Vampires project, and you get the idea.
With all of this as a backdrop, Perry recently took the time on a day off from the tour to chat exclusively with HNGN about what keeps the band and its fans going, the concert DVD, the possibility of a new Aerosmith studio album, Tyler’s reaction to Perry’s 2014 autobiography, “Rocks,” and his admiration for Johnny Depp. Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks New Donnington DVD, Steven Tyler And Jamming With Johnny Depp
Alice Cooper’s new star-studded covers album is finished and in the can. Speaking with Billboard.com, the veteran shock rocker said he’s “very, very happy” with the disc, which features an A-list of Cooper’s musician pals. “McCartney’s on it,” he says. “Zak Starkey’s on it. Dave Grohl is on it, [AC/DC frontman] Brian Johnson–and in places where you wouldn’t expect them to be. That’s the cool thing.” Other confirmed guests include Joe Perry and musician-actor Johnny Depp. A primary goal, says Cooper, was to pay tribute to the “Hollywood Vampires,” friends with whom he shared wild times in the early ’70s. Cooper declined to specify which songs he covered, but he did offer some tantalizing hints. “If you think of it, who were the Hollywood Vampires?” he says. “John Lennon was there. Jim Morrison was an early Vampire. We had Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, of course, Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan. Those guys were all Vampires.”
Ever since word trickled out that Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry had formed some sort of band, information about that project — called the Hollywood Vampires — has been scant. “We’ve done a lot of recording together recently,” Cooper told Rolling Stone last year. But now, more details are starting to emerge, and these involve a full album, a likely fall tour and a cameo appearance by none other than Paul McCartney. Continue reading Paul McCartney Revives 1969 Track for Joe Perry Supergroup
Joe Perry called in to support the new movie Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 and just say HEY. We talked about: Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Interview on Scully’s show
Rio de Janeiro, February 11, 2015 – The organizers of Rock in Rio have just announced that Hollywood Vampires will be playing at the Main Stage of the Brazilian edition of the festival, which takes place at the City of Rock, on September 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27. The band, featuring rock icon Alice Cooper, American Actor, Producer and Musician Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Aerosmith will play on the same night as Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down.
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“I’d still be a rocker,” says Joe Perry when asked about what might have been. But the Aerosmith guitarist reveals that he flirted early on with becoming a marine biologist instead. His new memoir is called Rocks, and it’s a candid glimpse into his childhood, the ups and downs of his band, and what he’s learned from it. Joe talks about all of the above in our Beatweek interview.
Continue reading Joe Perry: the Beatweek interview – Aerosmith, his new memoir Rocks, and life lessons
Last July, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said he did a recording session with Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp. But since then, nothing else has been said…until now.
He tells us Depp asked him to take part in the session, which is part of a tribute to the Hollywood Vampires, a drinking club of the early ’70s that included Cooper, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz and Keith Moon.
McCartney, Cooper, Perry and Depp recorded “Come and Get It,” a song McCartney wrote for Badfinger. It will likely be part of, or tied in with, Cooper’s upcoming album of classic rock covers.
The four men have numerous links. Cooper once gave Paul McCartney a circular bed that once belonged to Groucho Marx. Aerosmith recorded The Beatles’ “Come Together” for the soundtrack to the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie. George Martin produced the song, and Steven Tyler performed it in tribute to McCartney a few years ago at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Depp has performed with Cooper and Aerosmith and guests on Perry’s recent Christmas EP. The actor is also in three of McCartney’s recent videos.