Walk His Way: Aerosmith Guitar Legend Joe Perry Interviewed

joeperrycropIf one thing can be said of Joe Perry, it’s that the man flat-out rocks. Is there a more archetypal rock guitarist on the planet today than the legendary Aerosmith six-stringer? As one-half of the Boston band’s guitarsenal with Brad Whitford, Perry has been a driving force behind such Aerosmith classics as “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On” … (the list goes on and on) since the band’s formation in 1970.

So it’s a natural choice for Perry to title his new autobiography Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. Like Perry’s playing, the book is to the point, concise, punchy, powerful and smart. For a man who’s typically preferred to “Let the Music Do the Talking” (the title of the 1980 debut album from his solo band The Joe Perry Project), Perry turns out to be a great storyteller as he shares revealing memories not only of his up-and-down life with the band, but also his childhood (in which he was more interested in aquatics than music) and personal life.

It’s a great book from a rock and roll giant. When we spoke with Perry, he was in the midst of an exhaustive promotional effort to get the word out about his book. In the following interview, conducted exclusively for Technology Tell, Perry dishes on what prompted him to put together an autobiography, how he remembered his history (especially the years of “misadventures”), his guitar preferences, and the future of his band.

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AEROSMITH’s JOE PERRY Explains JOHNNY DEPP Appearance On Christmas EP

AEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry has just released his first holiday collection with the download-only EP “Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas”. The new set features four Christmas classics: “White Christmas”, “Silent Night”, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Run Run Rudolph” with Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar. Continue reading AEROSMITH’s JOE PERRY Explains JOHNNY DEPP Appearance On Christmas EP

Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas – Why Santa Really Came Back to Town

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,

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Heavy Load: Joe Perry

The Aerosmith man on drugs, Ebola and coming back as a porpoise…

If Steven Tyler is the lips, then Joe Perry has always been the balls of Aerosmith. Born in Massachusetts on September 10, 1950, the guitarist was key to the Bostonians’ mid-70s breakout, the louche swagger of his lead style prompting spiritual successor Slash to dub him “one of the great wham-bam players”. Continue reading Heavy Load: Joe Perry

Joe Perry shares his Christmas memories with the fans

Joe PerryVH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Today Joe Perry took over their Twitter account @VH1SaveTheMusic to share some of his Christmas memories and offer another signed guitar Joe Perryamazing Christmas gift for his fans: his brand new EP “Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas ” is available for promotional download and 50% of today’s downloads will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation! He also donated an autographed guitar and answered a lot of Christmas-related questions. So here is what we learned about Joe Perry’s Christmas:  Continue reading Joe Perry shares his Christmas memories with the fans

Joe Perry of Aerosmith – Rockin’ the Carols with a new Christmas EP!

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.

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Joe Perry Talks About His New Christmas Record, Aerosmith’s Future – Exclusive Interview

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

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry On Creativity, Team Tensions And Why He Dresses Up For Work

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

Songfacts interview: Joe Perry

Songwriting, for most truly great rock bands, is a collaborative effort that usually pairs an expressive lead singer with an inventive lead guitarist. For obvious evidence of this familiar principle, look no further than Bono and The Edge (U2) and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) – both are primarily guitar bands that create amazing songs.

And although Joe Perry may not be the face of Aerosmith – the wildly charismatic Steven Tyler has that role locked up solid from here to eternity – he is nevertheless an integral part of his band’s musical makeup. You may not be able to recite all the lyrics to “Walk This Way,” but you were humming and air-guitaring that song’s guitar riff the first time you heard it. Also, try to imagine “Back in the Saddle” without Perry’s six-string bass part. When it comes to memorable rock and roll, it’s oftentimes riff-masters like Perry that put lyrical poetry into motion. Perry’s talent for composition has landed him in the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Tyler, and both are also inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of Aerosmith.This talented Boston rocker recently got the David Ritz treatment in his new biography, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. Perry took some time to talk with Songfacts, even though his voice had taken a bit of a beating the night before in the studio. Continue reading Songfacts interview: Joe Perry

Joe Perry Talks Guitars, Solos, and Aerosmith’s Future

Several weeks ago we spoke with Joe Perry about his new autobiography, Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith. In the ensuing weeks, the book rocketed onto the New York Times Book Reviews’ best seller list, and just recently that same publication hailed the memoir for its disarming candor and evocative portrait of the rock and roll lifestyle. Continue reading Joe Perry Talks Guitars, Solos, and Aerosmith’s Future