Joe Perry on a career in guitars

Six-string memories from the Aerosmith icon
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Joe Perry

Joe Perry onstage at Moscow’s Olympiysky Sports Complex

Over four decades in the making, Joe Perry’s memoir chronicles the life of a man known for his bluesy riffs and hard living as part of one of America’s most successful groups of all time.

Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith offers a no-nonsense look at the rollercoaster ride of his band’s 45-year history. And after surviving the press blitz for Rocks, Perry is more than happy to oblige when we ask to dig into his love of guitars… Continue reading Joe Perry on a career in guitars

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Tells His Story

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

Interview: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on Rock, Rebellion and Survival

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

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.

Walk this way, and enjoy… Continue reading Walk His Way: Aerosmith Guitar Legend Joe Perry Interviewed

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,

In Screamer Magazine! Continue reading Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas – Why Santa Really Came Back to Town

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