Joe Perry just added “author” to his ever-expanding list of artistic endeavors. The co-founder of Aerosmith, and the lead guitarist of his own solo project, decided that it was time to finally share his side of the story. The esteemed guitarist has gone through a variety of record labels, management deals, and turmoil with his four founding bandmates — he even left Aerosmith for a stint in the late ‘70s to pursue his own band, the Joe Perry Project. Despite the ups and downs, Perry has made a lucrative career doing what he loves — playing guitar and creating music. Armed with a lifetime of knowledge about the ins-and-outs of the music industry, the rocker has recently churned out a rock and roll autobiography with the help of David Ritz titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith.
GRAMMY Pro caught up with Perry to chat about his recently released New York Times bestselling book in which he tackles themes such as bad management deals (the band fired their manager of 12 years, Tim Collins, in 1996) and shares insight into how Aerosmith has managed to stay together all these years. Perry also told us about his creative process in the studio and why he sets aside time to write music every single day, whether he’s working on a new album or not. Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Tells His Story
The iconic Aerosmith guitarist opens up on musical revolution, Joe Rogan and his excellent new book.
Guitar hero Joe Perry exudes a zen energy that defies the wild kaleidoscope history of excess, tumult and adventures only possible in the golden era of rock stardom. Perry’s memoir Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith, was released last October, chronicling his rocky rockin’ ride with Aerosmith, his love/hate relationship with lead singer Steven Tyler, his two marriages and the wild misadventures of drug abuse. He’s gone from drunk, broke and hooked on heroin to over 20 years of sobriety and over 100 million records sold, raising a beautiful family in the process. Continue reading Interview: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on Rock, Rebellion and Survival
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the town,
People chatted about Joe Perry’s new Christmas album,
What an awesome sound!
Run Rudolph Run, it’s never a Silent Night,
The kitchen is a buzzin’ with cookies and yummy delights!
White Christmas on the East coast; warm and green on the West,
With Santa Claus Back in Town, the bars will get no rest!
Eggnog and rum filling large mugs of cheer,
Santa’s gonna throw up on that crap, just leave him a beer!
NORAD up his ass, that big jolly fellow,
Did you know the guy on rhythm guitar is Jack friggin’ Sparrow?
A four-song EP to celebrate a real blues man’s dream,
Of recording his favorite X-mas tunes and reading about it,
In Screamer Magazine! Continue reading Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas – Why Santa Really Came Back to Town
Coming off the heels of his New York Times best-selling memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, this past October, guitar slinger and bluesman, Joe Perry is back in the saddle with a four song Christmas EP: Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas.
It’s his first ever collection of holiday songs and features four Christmas classics: “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Run Run Rudolph”, with Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar. The EP is available now on iTunes.
I had the good fortune to talk with Joe first hand about these songs, as well as his guitar techniques, his friendship with Johnny Depp, and the status of the his next studio CD as a solo artist or with Aerosmith.
Continue reading Joe Perry of Aerosmith – Rockin’ the Carols with a new Christmas EP!
When Joe Perry casually tells us that “it’s going to be a rock ‘n’ roll Christmas,” he means that quite literally. In 2014, the Aerosmith guitarist fulfilled a lifelong career ambition and recorded a holiday EP, ‘Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas,’ right after finishing promoting his memoir, ‘Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith.’ Continue reading Joe Perry Talks About His New Christmas Record, Aerosmith’s Future – Exclusive Interview
When Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry goes downstairs to his state-of-the-art home recording studio, he gets dressed up in full rock star regalia. “If I don’t put on some rock & roll clothes before I go down there, I’m not as creative,” he told me. “I have to get my head in that place where I’m imagining I’m on stage and then I just kind of let it rip.” Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry On Creativity, Team Tensions And Why He Dresses Up For Work