Steven Tyler of Aerosmith has always been the most outspoken member of the band throughout the years, as most great frontmen tend to be. Lead guitarist Joe Perry has usually let his guitar do the talking for him, up until now. He put his axe down long enough to put pen to paper and open up his soul for the entire world to read about. The end result is a New York Times bestseller entitled ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. It’s a very honest look at Joe’s life in and out of one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. He tells of all the ups and downs, the drugs, how he managed not to kill Steven Tyler, and the unique bond between himself and four other bad boys from Boston. I spoke with Joe recently about his candid book and what the future holds in store for him. Continue reading INTERVIEW: JOE PERRY
Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, the name of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry’s new book is a play on the band’s classic ‘70s album which spawned such classic tracks as Back in the Saddle, Last Child and Combination.
But it also serves to express how the musical community views this seasoned rock and roll star. Quite simple, Joe Perry epitomizes the word rocks. Continue reading Joe Perry for Rock Cellar Magazine
In the annals of classic to current rock and roll guitarists, there are a few that undeniably stand out as stalwarts. You’ve got axemen like Keith Richards and Jimmy Page who never seem to have lost the limelight. Jeff Beck and Steve Vai remain perennial favorites. David Gilmour and Pete Townshend are rightly never far from the short list of the best and most consistently producing rock guitarists of all time. And while that list goes on and on (the comments section here is sure to point out a plethora of six-string supermen that I didn’t shove into this first paragraph) one name that should never be left out is Joe Perry. The lead guitarist for Aerosmith first hit big in the early 1970s and with very few valleys between the peaks, he has never quite vacated the collective consciousness when it comes to the all-time great rock guitarists.
There is, of course, no better man to tell the story of Joe Perry than Joe Perry himself, which he does in his new autobiography Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith
(written with David Ritz). PopMatters sat down with Joe Perry to talk about his career, both in and out of the book.“There’s a saying that you don’t have to sell a painting to be a painter.” Joe Perry explains. “You have to just pick up the brush and paint and then you’re a painter. If you sit down and you write poems, you’re a poet. I kind of feel like that holds true. Because who’s to say that you have to sell 100,000 records before you’re qualified to be a Rock and Roller?”
Continue reading Just Pick Up the Guitar: An Interview with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry