Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says that the band is working on putting together a 50th anniversary tour.
“I think, the way things are going, we are going to try and take it easy,” he told the Atlantic City Weekly. “We may do a couple more one-offs — maybe some festivals over the next six or eight months. In 2019, we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that.”
Speaking of solo material, Perry released Sweetzerland Manifesto, his first non-holiday solo album in eight years, this past January. The album features collaborations with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, as well as David Johansen and Terry Reid.
On this episode, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry dishes on ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto,’ an all new solo album that was produced by Johnny Depp and features all-star guest vocalists. The legend also discusses the future with Aerosmith and Hollywood Vampires, his relationship with Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, working with his son, Terry Reid, and much more!
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Joe Perry premiered tracks from his upcoming solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, with a guest star-filled show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. You can see pictures from the evening below.
Perry was backed by Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots on guitar and bass, respectively, Buck Johnson on keyboards and David Goodstein on drums, with Extreme’s Gary Cherone serving as lead vocalist for the Aerosmith songs. Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David Johansen were on hand to perform the songs that they sang on the album. Slash, Chris Robinson and Johnny Depp, who is listed as the record’s executive producer, also made contributions to the show.
According to Rolling Stone, after opening with four Aerosmith songs, Perry said, “We’re not going to be playing any more of that s— for a while.” They then performed most of Sweetzerland Manifesto as well as “Fortunate One,” which was recorded with Robinson on vocals after the album had been mastered. The evening closed with everybody joining in on a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” with Slash and Depp staying on for “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” after which Perry smashed his guitar.
“Everything was screaming; the amps were going,” he said afterwards. “I didn’t know what else to do. All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces. It was a really a nice guitar, and the guy who made it for me was in the front row. That’s why I’m feeling bad about it. It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.” Continue reading Joe Perry debuts new album, ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto,’ in concert: videos
Guitarist on why he felt compelled to smash his guitar at the end of Tuesday’s all-star Roxy gig in celebration of ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto’
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry knows something about getting lost in the moment. It happened for the latest time during the final seconds of his show this week celebrating the release of a new solo album at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, where guitarists Perry, Slash, Johnny Depp and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots were raging through a supercharged “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” a song at the core of Perry’s musical life ever since he first heard the Yardbirds’ version as a teenager.
Perry smashed his guitar onstage. “It was a really a nice guitar, and the guy who made it for me was in the front row,” Perry says. “That’s why I’m feeling bad about it. It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.”
It was a ferocious finish to a two-hour performance of hard rock and muscular blues ahead of Friday’s release of Sweetzerland Manifesto, which features an all-star cast of singers including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, the New York Dolls’ David Johansen and U.K. veteran Terry Reid. Making the album was a long-term project, beginning with a recording of Sixties pop hit “Eve of Destruction” in 2012, but picked up steam last year. It was recorded at Depp’s home studio in the Hollywood Hills.
Joe Perry assembled an all-star band to perform alongside him at the sold-out record release show for his new Sweetzerland Manifesto album last night (Jan. 16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith was joined by album collaborators Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), David Johansen (New York Dolls) and Terry Reid (solo artist/vocals).
Also performing were Slash, Johnny Depp (the Hollywood Vampires), Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen), Chris Robinson, Dean and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) and David Goodstein (drums).
Sweetzerland Manifesto is being released on his own Roman Records imprint, this Friday, Jan. 19. It marks Perry‘s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks, all but one written or co-written by Perry with many with the album’s guest vocalists. (The sole exception is a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with Perry on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums.)
Though Aerosmith has risen from the dead plenty of times before, whatever train kept the Boston classic-rock titans a-rollin’ for the better part of the last half-century seems to finally be grinding to a halt. Yet while the band’s other members busy themselves with country albums and coffee companies, Joe Perry still just wants to rock — and after his July 2016 onstage collapse, the mere fact that the guitarist is healthy enough to write and record a solo album feels like cause for gratitude. “Sweetzerland Manifesto” delivers pretty much exactly what you might expect from a new Joe Perry record, but it’s sure to satisfy his core audience. Continue reading Joe Perry’s back in the saddle again with blues-rock ‘Manifesto’
“Bad Man” — the single Perry recorded with Pitbull, singer Robin Thicke and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker — hasn’t had much of an impact on the charts since making its debut earlier this year. But it’s resurfaced in recent days through its use as the soundtrack for TNT’s campaign to promote its NBA playoffs coverage, and the artists reassembled to film a commercial clip, which you can watch above. Continue reading Joe Perry’s Pitbull Collaboration ‘Bad Man’ Used for NBA Playoff Commercials
Joe Perry says his new supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires, will be staying in Central New York for about a week next month.
The rock band, which features the Aerosmith guitarist, singer Alice Cooper and guitarist (and sometimes actor) Johnny Depp, is scheduled to kick off their first-ever tour next month at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The group played a handful of shows in L.A. and the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil last year, but CNY will be the first to see them live in 2016 since their performance at the Grammy Awards in February. Continue reading Joe Perry talks Aerosmith future, says Hollywood Vampires will be in CNY for a week