Aerosmith may not be doing a great deal these days, but guitarist Joe Perry is staying busy.
Joe Perry called in, and when he does, he always has a lot to say. Of course I had to ask him about his 2 Grammy performances, his collaboration with Pitbull, the passing of Lemmy, the history of the original Hollywood Vampires, working with Johnny Depp, and taking the band on tour. But, we also talked about Brian Johnson recent announcement about his hearing, and how Joe protects his, after decades of live perfomances, the passing of George Martin, and obviously I had to ask about the state of Aerosmith and his ongoing relationship with Steven Tyler. I think I may have woken him up, he sounded kind of sleepy!
How does Joe Perry spend his 65th birthday? Remembering the classics. The one that still moves him is Train Kept a-Rollin’. It dates back to 1951. But it was the Yardbirds version that captured his Rock n Roll driven imagination. Joe talks about how a single song has stayed with them through the entire journey.
Rock and roll has long been considered a boys’ club. But for a while in the early 1970s, there really was a rock and roll boys’ club on the Sunset Strip. This motley crew of musicians who were in bad need of a drink were known as the Hollywood Vampires, and met upstairs at the Rainbow Bar and Grill. The group included Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr and many others. Original “member” Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and actor Johnny Depp have joined together to tip their hats to this unlikely footnote in rock history; this week their record The Hollywood Vampires hits stores, featuring covers of classic rock songs like “School’s Out,” “My Generation,” “Manic Depression,” and more. Cooper and Perry visit the Soundcheck studio to talk about the collaboration.
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