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On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Joe Perry premiered tracks from his upcoming solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, with a guest star-filled show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. You can see pictures from the evening below.
Perry was backed by Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots on guitar and bass, respectively, Buck Johnson on keyboards and David Goodstein on drums, with Extreme’s Gary Cherone serving as lead vocalist for the Aerosmith songs. Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David Johansen were on hand to perform the songs that they sang on the album. Slash, Chris Robinson and Johnny Depp, who is listed as the record’s executive producer, also made contributions to the show.
According to Rolling Stone, after opening with four Aerosmith songs, Perry said, “We’re not going to be playing any more of that s— for a while.” They then performed most of Sweetzerland Manifesto as well as “Fortunate One,” which was recorded with Robinson on vocals after the album had been mastered. The evening closed with everybody joining in on a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” with Slash and Depp staying on for “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” after which Perry smashed his guitar.
“Everything was screaming; the amps were going,” he said afterwards. “I didn’t know what else to do. All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces. It was a really a nice guitar, and the guy who made it for me was in the front row. That’s why I’m feeling bad about it. It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.” Continue reading Joe Perry debuts new album, ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto,’ in concert: videos
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry knows something about getting lost in the moment. It happened for the latest time during the final seconds of his show this week celebrating the release of a new solo album at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, where guitarists Perry, Slash, Johnny Depp and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots were raging through a supercharged “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” a song at the core of Perry’s musical life ever since he first heard the Yardbirds’ version as a teenager.
Perry smashed his guitar onstage. “It was a really a nice guitar, and the guy who made it for me was in the front row,” Perry says. “That’s why I’m feeling bad about it. It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.”
It was a ferocious finish to a two-hour performance of hard rock and muscular blues ahead of Friday’s release of Sweetzerland Manifesto, which features an all-star cast of singers including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, the New York Dolls’ David Johansen and U.K. veteran Terry Reid. Making the album was a long-term project, beginning with a recording of Sixties pop hit “Eve of Destruction” in 2012, but picked up steam last year. It was recorded at Depp’s home studio in the Hollywood Hills.
Joe Perry assembled an all-star band to perform alongside him at the sold-out record release show for his new Sweetzerland Manifesto album last night (Jan. 16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith was joined by album collaborators Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), David Johansen (New York Dolls) and Terry Reid (solo artist/vocals).
Also performing were Slash, Johnny Depp (the Hollywood Vampires), Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen), Chris Robinson, Dean and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums).
Sweetzerland Manifesto is being released on his own Roman Records imprint, this Friday, Jan. 19. It marks Perry‘s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks, all but one written or co-written by Perry with many with the album’s guest vocalists. (The sole exception is a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with Perry on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums.)
Watch Perry sing “Eve of Destruction” at the Roxy
You don’t get more “Wayne’s World” than sitting in front of Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Alice Cooper and asking them questions; it was a very “we’re not worthy” moment. But like Wayne, Garth, and this writer, the two legends remain big fans of rock music themselves, and that’s what led to their creation of their new band, the Hollywood Vampires, which sees them covering Led Zeppelin, the Who and Pink Floyd, among others. In the studio, they’re joined by a rotating cast of musicians including Paul McCartney, Zak Starkey, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh, Slash and AC/DC‘s Brian Johnson. Their self-titled debut is out now. When they play their three scheduled live shows (September 16 and 17 at the Roxy in Los Angeles, September 24 at Rock in Rio), they’ll be joined by Duff McKagan on bass and Matt Sorum drums.
Besides Perry and Cooper, the band’s other permanent members is Johnny Depp, the former guitarist in ’80s L.A. band the Kids; he apparently went on to an acting career of some note. Mr. Depp was unable to make the interview, unfortunately.
But Cooper and Perry (who arrived a few minutes late) were both extremely charged up to talk about their new project, which seems like a nice break from their respective day jobs.
Hollywood Vampires is a group of rock legends—with Johnny Depp on guitar—that pay tribute to their fallen hard-partying friends through rock ’n’ roll.
“We’re doing a Pink Floyd song today that I don’t know at all, ‘Welcome to the Machine,’” Alice Cooper tells me almost immediately after we say hello, with a hint of fear in his voice. “They’re doing some kind of a tribute album and they said, ‘We want you to do this song,’ and I’m thinking, ‘The timing on these lyrics is so wacky and the melody line just kind of lays there,’ and the more I listened to it the more worried I got. So this is going to be a nightmare today.”
When I tell Cooper that it took Pink Floyd friend Roy Harper to nail the vocal he’s instantly relieved. “Oh, good! Honestly that makes me feel better,” Cooper says, loosening up visibly. “Now I can walk in and feel OK. I have so little ammunition.”
Cooper is in New York with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to promote their new album, Hollywood Vampires, named for the legendary mid-’70s Los Angeles nightly drinking club that included Cooper, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Bernie Taupin, Harry Nilsson, and “just about anyone who was in town who could seriously drink,” according to Cooper. The album is made up of a fistful of song covers, many completely reimagined by some of the original Hollywood Vampires, as well as two original songs by Cooper that pay a more personal tribute.
Paul McCartney leads the Vampires in a rousing rendition of “Come and Get It,” the peerless tune he gave away to Badfinger for the band’s first hit, and fellow Vampire Johnny Depp plays scorching guitar throughout. Continue reading Johnny Depp’s Rock Supergroup: Alice Cooper and Joe Perry on Hollywood Vampires