Aerosmith: The best war stories

NME goes down memory lane with the legendary band ahead of their headline slot at Download Festival next week (June 9-11)

You’ve all heard the one about Steven Tyler and the one-song gig, right? It’s set back in the 70s or 80s, when Tyler and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry were so jacked up on heroin, cocaine and a whole rackful of other narcotics and prescription meds that you couldn’t even spell that they became known as the Toxic Twins.  Continue reading Aerosmith: The best war stories

Aerosmith Headlining Download 2017

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There’s been a lot of speculation as to who will headline the Download Festival next year, with bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica being among the favorites. Now Download Festival boss Andy Copping has announced the headliners for each of the three nights, and even though none of the two previously mentioned bands appear to be involved, it is certainly an interesting mix of bands that will take the stage at Donington next year.

System of a Down will be headlining the Friday night show, returning to top the bill for the third time. The second night will be capped off by Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro who are making their Download headlining debut.

The honor of closing out the festival on Sunday night will be bestowed on Aerosmith, whose Download slot will be their only gig in the UK for 2017. Guitarist Joe Perry says he’s very much looking forward to the show: “Download Festival is always one of the ones I circle. Donington is like home to us. I have some great memories playing there and I can’t wait to make some more.”

The 2017 iteration of the Download Festival is set to take place on June 9, 10, and 11.

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Joe Perry talks Hollywood Vampires, Aerosmith’s final tour and more

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is nowhere near ready to drive a stake into Hollywood Vampires. Far from it.

The rock supergroup, which sees the 65-year-old Perry playing guitar alongside actor-musician Johnny Depp and lead singer Alice Cooper, released an album last year and performed a tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy at this year’s Grammys.

“We’re all friends and we’ve all paid our dues,” said Perry. “It’s like in some ways, like being a baby band even though we’ve been doing this our whole lives. It’s been a lot of fun I have to say. It’s been really exciting all around. I count myself lucky to be part of this tour, we’ll see what happens.”  Continue reading Joe Perry talks Hollywood Vampires, Aerosmith’s final tour and more

Joe Perry Talks Aerosmith’s ‘Options’ for Future

With Steven Tyler hinting at an Aerosmith farewell tour, guitarist discusses group’s future

With Steven Tyler saying Aerosmith are “probably” planning a farewell tour next year, Joe Perry discusses the band’s options. Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP

Although Steven Tyler recently said that Aerosmith were “probably” going to embark on a farewell tour next year, Joe Perry now says the band is only “considering” it as an option. “A farewell tour is something we’ve talked about doing for years, let’s say roughly in the last five years,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s just something the band’s talked about at various times. At this point, the five of us have never sat down and said, ‘It’s time to do it.’ So ‘considering’ is an appropriate word for that statement. A farewell tour is definitely not confirmed.”  Continue reading Joe Perry Talks Aerosmith’s ‘Options’ for Future

Joe Perry Says New “Aerosmith Rocks Donington” Video Shows “What the Band’s About”

Aerosmith‘s latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, gets its release September 4.  The film captures the band playing a headlining set to a massive and enthusiastic audience in June of last year at the U.K.’s annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park in Derby, England.

“I’m excited about it getting out there and having people see it,” guitaristJoe Perry tells ABC Radio.  He adds that because the concert was filmed in high-definition, as well as being “lit specifically for video and having the sound mixed equally as well,” he considers the flick “a good piece of showing what the band’s about.”

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Watch Aerosmith Play ‘Walk This Way’ in Clip From Dynamic New Concert Film

‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’ captures band in action at last year’s Download Festival

Having concluded their summer Blue Army Tour a few weeks back, Aerosmith are gearing up to release a new concert film, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, on September 4th. Available in various formats (Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, DVD/LP and digital), the film documents the band’s 20-song headlining appearance at the Download Festival at England’s legendary Donington Park in June of last year. We’re premiering a full-song performance of “Walk This Way” — a single originally released 40 years ago, on August 28th, 1975 — which shows off Aerosmith Rocks Donington’s snazzy, multi-cam style, plus intimate Joey Kramer drum-cam footage, gratuitous Steven Tyler pelvic thrusts and some formidable Joe Perry shredding.

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Aerosmith Premiere “Walk This Way” from ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’ — Video

Aerosmith have announced the release of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.

Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at Donington Park in Leicestershire, U.K., in June 2014.

Below, you can check out a just-released clip of “Walk This Way” from the film, plus a another trailer.

Filmed in high definition, the concert film—which premiered in February with a successful nationwide theatrical run—will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. It’s available for preorder now.

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Interview: Joe Perry Talks ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’ DVD

The new live DVD is a hit parade and captures the rockers doing what they do best.

Aerosmith’s new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is a 20-song collection capturing the classic rockers delivering a career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in June 2014. It’s out September 4 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

If you are a diehard Aerosmith fan, you just did a happy dance or maybe even peed your pants a little!

The DVD captures the rockers doing what they do best and that’s take the stage and effectively kidnap the attention of every member of the audience, keeping them rapt from start to finish.

The stage is Aerosmith in their most natural habitat and this DVD documents their occupation of that space. We spoke to iconic guitarist Joe Perry about what makes this DVD so special. Continue reading Interview: Joe Perry Talks ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’ DVD

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks New Donnington DVD, Steven Tyler And Jamming With Johnny Depp 

In an extensive interview, the legendary guitarist opens up about the dynamics that drive the band and why making a new Aerosmith album might not be in the cards.
There have been precious few constants in a musical landscape that has undergone seismic changes over the past several decades, from the birth of the larger-than-life rock star to the advent and eventual death of the MTV era to the digital revolution that has made it much easier for fans to hear music – and much less likely that they’ll buy it.
Aerosmith, the rock band that sprung from New England in the early ’70s and amped up the boozy, bluesy brashness of The Rolling Stones into an arena-ready brand of hard rock, is still standing through all of the changes and challenges, from the ups and downs of the music industry to the group’s own highly publicized internal turmoil.

At the heart of Aerosmith is the prolific and sometimes volatile relationship between frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, a duo dubbed “The Toxic Twins” at the height of their drug-addled debauchery. Those days are long behind them, but Aerosmith, now well into its fifth decade, does not appear to have any intentions of winding down its legendary career anytime soon. The group is currently on its “Blue Army” tour, which will wrap up in early August, and on Sept. 4, the band will release “Aerosmith Rocks Donnington 2014,” a DVD that captures the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ performance at the iconic British rock festival. Factor in the side projects, like Tyler’s impending debut country album and Perry’s involvement with the Alice Cooper-led Hollywood Vampires project, and you get the idea.

With all of this as a backdrop, Perry recently took the time on a day off from the tour to chat exclusively with HNGN about what keeps the band and its fans going, the concert DVD, the possibility of a new Aerosmith studio album, Tyler’s reaction to Perry’s 2014 autobiography, “Rocks,” and his admiration for Johnny Depp. Continue reading Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Talks New Donnington DVD, Steven Tyler And Jamming With Johnny Depp