Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks Stripped-Down New Solo Album, Fiery Release Show

Guitarist on why he felt compelled to smash his guitar at the end of Tuesday’s all-star Roxy gig in celebration of ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto’

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.

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Joe Perry & Friends Record Release Party

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

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Joe Perry Joined by Johnny Depp, Robin Zander, David Johansen, Slash and more for “Manifesto” Show at the Roxy

It’s easy to dismiss “all-star” jams (and albums for that matter) as egocentric posturing, but Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s new star-packed solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto (out tomorrow), thankfully, ain’t that. The 10-track album, executive produced by Johnny Depp, features some iconic frontmen on guest vocals, including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, The New York Dolls’ David Johansen and almost/could’ve been Led Zep crooner Terry Reid, alongside drummer David Goodstein and Perry’s sons Tony and Roman (who co-wrote material as well).

Robin Zander

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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’

Joe Perry’s Pitbull Collaboration ‘Bad Man’ Used for NBA Playoff Commercials

Joe Perry isn’t done playing with Pitbull.

“Bad Man” — the single Perry recorded with Pitbull, singer Robin Thicke and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker — hasn’t had much of an impact on the charts since making its debut earlier this year. But it’s resurfaced in recent days through its use as the soundtrack for TNT’s campaign to promote its NBA playoffs coverage, and the artists reassembled to film a commercial clip, which you can watch above. Continue reading Joe Perry’s Pitbull Collaboration ‘Bad Man’ Used for NBA Playoff Commercials

Iggy Pop brought ‘turning point’ to Joe Perry solo album

Aerosmith man Joe Perry tells of moment he abandoned plan for instrumental release

Joe Perry says his upcoming solo album reached a “turning point” when Iggy Pop dropped into the studio and laid down vocals on one of the tracks.

The as-yet-untitled album was originally meant to be an instrumental record, but Pop’s involvement took it in a different direction.

British singer Terry Reid – who turned down a job with Led Zeppelin and recommended Robert Plant instead – and New York Dolls frontman David Johansen also lent their voices to the songs. Continue reading Iggy Pop brought ‘turning point’ to Joe Perry solo album

Exclusive First Listen! I’ll Do Happiness by Joe Perry featuring Terry Reid

I’ll Do Happiness will feature on the covermount CD of the very next issue of Classic Rock magazine (on sale April 20)

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recently teamed up with oft-overlooked Brit vocal powerhouse Terry Reid to write and record a brand new song. The track in question is I’ll Do Happiness and will feature on the covermount CD of the very next issue of Classic Rock magazine (on sale April 20). But, as an exclusive preview, you can hear what Joe has to say about it and hear it here first.

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