VH1 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 @ to share some of his Christmas memories and offer another amazing 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
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.
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
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
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
There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents. But Joe Perry says that he’s long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry‘s “Run Run Rudolph,” premiering exclusively on Billboard.com: Continue reading Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch ‘Run Run Rudolph,’ with Guitar from Johnny Depp
You mentioned that you didn’t include all the stories in the book. There’s a story that wasn’t in the book, that goes that you were once so down on your luck or out of it from drugs that a fan came up to you at South Station with a copy of “Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits” and you had no idea it was even out. Is that true? Continue reading Mick Stingley’s interview with Joe Perry
I can go weeks, sometimes months, and even a year without talking to my sister. When you’re family, it can be like that. But, it’s easily fixed in many cases once you reconnect, forgive and forget (or not really but move on anyway). With longtime friends the same can be true, and in the case of a band – especially one that’s been around for ages, sharing tour buses, hotel rooms, and in many cases, partners, it’s a definite dysfunctional family vibe. Sometimes bands break up over it, while sometimes they truck through the mess. There’s love. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards often get into fistacuffs over “facts” in their respective autobiographies, and the same case can be made for classic rockers Aerosmith. Guitar God Joe Perry and frontman Steven Tyler have had their share of squabbles through the years, aired out the dirty laundry (sometimes in public), but they always return to the music. Continue reading A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sweet and Not-So-SweetEmotions: Joe Perry Gets Honest About Aerosmith in New Memoir
Joe Perry has read the headlines, too. He’s seen the stories about how he and his Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler are always at each other’s throats. But here’s the thing: It’s usually not true. Continue reading JOE PERRY: STEVEN TYLER MAY BE THE BROTHER I’M SUPPOSED TO HAVE