On January 19th, legendary Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released his new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto . As part of the promotional activities for this new collection of songs, Joe sat down with Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! News for an in-depth video chat, which can be viewed below.
reviewThere are few things scarier than an Aerosmith song with Joe Perry on lead vocals, which makes the prospect of him fronting an entire album decidedly terrifying. But, let’s assuage those fears early. On ‘The Sweetzerland Manifesto’, as with most of the guitarist’s solo offerings, he’s roped in some guest singers to deliver exactly the kind of record you’d expect from such an old school gunslinger. Continue reading Joe Perry – The Sweetzerland Manifesto (Album Review)
Joe Perry isn’t quite sure how to describe his new solo LP.
“It’s kind of a modern-made classic rock record, I guess,” says Perry, chuckling.
The Aerosmith guitarist was back in town this week for an appearance at Newbury Comics promoting “Sweetzerland Manifesto,” an album he wrote and recorded while holed up at his buddy Johnny Depp’s house in LA.
Among those conscripted to play or sing on the LP — Perry’s sixth solo project — were Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Depp, Terry Reid, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, drummer Zak Starkey, and former New York Dolls frontman David Johansen.
Famed Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry dropped his star-studded sixth solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto last week, and now he’s coming back to Boston to sign the shit out of it. Perry will be rolling by Newbury Comics on Newbury Street on Thursday (January 25), and the in-store starts up at 6 p.m.
Perry unveiled the record at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles last week, leading a band that featured guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Aerosmith keyboardist Buck Johnson, and drummer David Goodstein. Slash and Johnny Depp also showed up on stage, while Extreme’s Gary Cherone took on vocal duties for most of the show, stepping aside for a series of frontman guests, including Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.
Reid, Johanson, and Zander all show up on Sweetzerland Manifesto, a 10-track effort that blows any recent Steven Tyler solo project out of the water. Check out the track listing and guest collaborators below, and listen to the LP in full via Spotify.
Joe Perry, Sweetzerland Manifesto track listing
“Rumble In The Jungle” (instrumental)
“I’ll Do Happiness” (featuring Terry Reid)
“Aye, Aye, Aye” (featuring Robin Zander)
“I Wanna Roll” (featuring David Johansen)
“Sick & Tired” (featuring Terry Reid)
“Haberdasher Blues” (featuring David Johansen)
“Spanish Sushi” (instrumental)
“Eve Of Destruction” (featuring Johnny Depp on drums)
“I’m Going Crazy” (featuring David Johansen)
“Won’t Let Me Go” (featuring Terry Reid)
Chances are good if you’ve been a fan of music, or at least enjoy some classic rock you’ve at least heard of Joe Perry. Just in case you need a refresher, Joe is one of the founding members and lead guitar player for Aerosmith. He also has had a prolific solo career and has recently teamed up with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp in the supergroup Hollywood Vampires. Joe Perry is truly a legend and an icon in the music industry, and suffice to say I’ve been a huge fan for years. He’s recently partnered with Monster to bring some classic rock tuning to a pair of Monster speakers.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Joe about his upcoming partnership with Monster, and what brought them together. I tried to keep my complete and utter fanboy-ing to a minimum, but believe me, I was quietly freaking out on my end of the phone call. Monster will be releasing a pair of speakers specially tuned by Joe to really push the classic rock sound. First up is a refresh of the Monster Blaster, the Classic Rock Edition. Next is the Monster Firecracker, Classic Rock edition, which provides big sound in a smaller package. Both speakers should be available soon, and you can read more about them in the full press release at the end of this article.
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