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Joe ROCKIN in NY... [11 Jul 2005|05:11pm]

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(Joe is SMMMOOOKKINN and I am IN LOVE with Billie's dress! HAIL THE MIGHTY COUTURE!)

Joe & Billie attend NY benefit gala "Share Our Strength"

Joe at Share Our Strength benefit, 10-JULY-2005Collapse )

Joe Perry at Fancy Foods Show, 10-JULY-2005Collapse )

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New Aerosmith album... [05 Jul 2005|03:47pm]

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According to the diary at Ross Halfin's site:

"July 5th

Spending today going through my whole Aerosmith file...have to find photo's for the new Aerosmith cd 'Rockin the Joint'. My agent and his team couldn't work out who was who and what was what to the band... Alright I'm moaning but there are thousands of photos all mixed up...by the team..."

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Joe on the Today Show... [27 Jun 2005|12:06pm]

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The Today Show finally aired the segment with Joe this morning. EXCELLENT piece, if you ask me. They talked to Joe & Billie... and gave a nice little tour of thier house. I LOVED the guitar toilet seat & their bedroom! Joe's comment about the bedroom was TFF!!

I added some video caps from the Today Show to the Gallery.

(Click the photo to view the video captures)
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Joe on the NBA Finals... [26 Jun 2005|05:07pm]

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Last week Joe appeared on the NBA finals with his Shakin' My Cage video during the halftime. I've made video caps and video of Shakin My Cage... ENJOY!

Shakin My Cage video & Shakin My Cage video caps

And don't forget, Joe is supposed to appear on the Today Show, Monday (June 27th), so set your VCR's.

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Violet Magazine... [06 Jun 2005|07:51pm]

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Violet Magazine >> A Rock 'n Roll Household >> June 2005


From what I've read, you seem to have a really solid relationship with your kids. What about them are you most proud of?

(Joe Perry) When you are in the middle of something, it's really hard to be objective about it. We're dealing with guiding them, their mistakes, and we don't see it. So when somebody tells me, "You have a really nice kid and I had a great time talking with him," that definitely feels good. But you know, it's not what I hang my hat on. What I'm proud of is that they seem to be happy. It's not about what they have to accomplish or people think they should be -- but that they seem happy in their happy in their life today, making the most of their day being a kid, whatever age they are.

So Billie, being surrounded by males, you even have male dogs, what do you think about the job of raising boys?

(Billie Perry) Well, I've always felt that I want them to grow up to be strong men and also to be sensitive and treat people right. I feel strongly that they should be able to do things themselves, not to ever end up relying on people for things. You know like, relying on women and marrying for the wrong reason... like they need somebody to do thing for them. Communication is the key. It isn't actually in a boy's nature to talk freely. So I've just found that I really work to keep them talking. That's real important. It's when they don't talk that you can run into trouble

Are they at ages now where you share a lot of interests?

(Billie Perry) It's nice now that Roman has caught up to his brothers. He's the youngest of the group. He's fourteen now. I think for a while it was sort of out of sync and out of balance. Still there are certain movies that we won't allow Roman to watch because we are very strict about what he reads and what he sees, and we have been been with all the children. So he's still left out on certain things. But, in general, he has caught up with whatever it is that we decide to do, whether it's going on a big snowmobile trip or a dive trip or a long hike.

Joe, have Billie and the boys been an influence for your album?

(Joe Perry) I don't think it would be the album it is if it wasn't for them, especially Billie. She has always been the girl in the audience that I play to. To me, being married, it's of course a nice thing to do and all that, but I was absolutely cemented to her, heart and soul, from the start. I didn't need any piece of paper from the town of Cambridge to tell me how much I love her. Having your soul mate when it comes to making art, I don't know it might be different for some people than others, but I always feel it's part of the inspiration. I've always been a romantic. I've been the kind that wanted to be with one person and that was it and I found the right one. I was fortunate. It's not easy. I was just so lucky to find her. Having the partnetship we have, it's impossible for me not to think about the romance that we've had or some kind of up and down that we've have in our relationship. How is she going to react when I play it for her? I think about that. She's the only one I want to impress, especially with a solo record. With Aerosmith, it's a very different thing. I have four other guys that I also share a very deep relationship with and we make our music together and we've had this garage dream for all of our adult lives, so thats a little bit of a different scenario. And of course, I bring all my creative energy to that. But for the solo record, it is much more my own show. Obviously it's going to have more a part of what makes me tick.

And the kids' influence?

(Joe Perry) I play it for them. They are not all into the same kind of music that I listen to. It's kind of hard to get a read. They've never known me to do anything else. This is just another day at the park, hearing music coming from downstairs. I think they like the record. I definitely listen to what they have to say.

Have they influenced you with their musical tastes?

(Joe Perry) Definitely. I learn a lot about what's going on, everything from video games, to what they watch on tv and the internet. It is such a great window for me to look into. It like, looking at how they react to certain things, I might say, "Ahhh, I've heard that before." But to them it's all new. Just having kids in general, it is like people say, they keep you young because you are looking at things in their eyes. Sitting back and looking at that they are digging, you get a new perspective on it. It's not like I am looking at it all the time with 54 year old eyes. I look at it with 18, 14, and 24 year old eyes. The record wouldn't sound the way does it if I didn't have that influence.

Have their interests taken you to places where you wouldn't have gone if it wasn't for the kids?

(Billie Perry) Oh definitely, because we travel with the children on the road. We have been in zoos all over the world and we've visited children's museums, natural history museums, and caverns and caves in middle America, The Grand Canyon, on helicopter trips.

Do you try to do get-togethers with your whole family?

(Billie Perry) It's hard to get everyone together because they are growing up. Adrian has been living in New York for two years, he graduated from Stamford with a masters degree and he's been working in New York fulltime and is getting ready to go off to law school. Aaron is back at college and running Joe's hot sauce company, and he's married to Becky and they have the baby in their life. Tony is breaking away and getting ready to go off to the School of Visual Arts in New York. Roman is the one that is keeping that kind of glue going, as far as the family is concerned.

So the Joe Perry hot sauce, how did that get started?

(Joe Perry) Well, I've always had a taste fetish for hot and spicy food. I love hot food. It goes back to my grandfather. He had a taste for it, an italian with the chili pepper. The food I actually grew up with was very bland.

Do you cook?

(Joe Perry) When we get a chance, we cook.

(Billie Perry) It's something we want to get back to doing more as a couple.

(Joe Perry) It used to be a hobby. We'd be on the road and discover some Thai dish or some Indian thing and we would go home and try to duplicate it. Since the kids got older we got busy with their schooling and that became more of the focus. So the hot sauce thing came together about four years ago. I put a formula together and I worked with a guy named David Ashley, who had a hot sauce company here in Boston. I had a few ideas, and he showed me the ropes.

I'm guessing it's not for wimps.

(Joe Perry) It's not that bad. Hot is a very relative thing. I asked Emeril when I was on his show, "Where do you put this, like from 0 to 100?" And he said it's like a 60.

You guys seem to put your family first in your lives. Did you make a plan that's how it was going to be?

(Joe Perry) We both wanted to have kids. I couldn't possibly imagine being married to Billie and not having some kids. I guess it's just that italian breeding drive. I mean she is just a fantastic parent. And if it's one thing I have is an eye for talent. It's just an instinctive thing, I think. The point is, we wanted to have kids, and it's not that we were going to put them second. But the most important thing is family and keeping it together. We've seen guys on the road and leaving their families at home, and how hard that is, so we said if you are going to have kids, whatever it costs, we are going to keep our family together. Even if I end up broke on the other end, we are are going to keep our family together. I didn't get married to be alone. I didn't fall in love to be away. Every day is precious to me that we have together. I'd gladly fly all night to spend a day with Billie. And I do all the time.

So you guys home school Tony and Roman. When did you make the decision to start doing that?

(Billie Perry) Five years ago. Tony was at the end of middle school, transitioning into high school. Up until that time they had been in the Montessori school system. We would get their work, and when they were young we would take them on the road and I would work with them and then I'd take them back, and the teachers would check their work. So they had all that socializing when they were young and had a lot of group experiences. But when the work became more difficult, then we got to a point where we knew that Joe's involvement with Aerosmith was going to be extremely intense, and so the only way was to have them home schooled fulltime. We wouldn't be able to balance it out properly.

Did that mean they would go on tour?

(Joe&Billie) They've always gone on tour.

(Joe Perry) We learned that when they were young, the socializing was a big important part of how they learned. But when they got older, they really had to start learning stuff. They can't just walk through it. They needed some serious structure to their book learning, so to speak. Billie did an amazing thing, and this wasn't as popular back then, she did research to see how we could do this right.

(Billie) First I had the kids assesed. I had intelligence and psychological assessments done. So I knew where their baseline was and where their learning curves was and just if they were happy well adjusted kids. Then I researched online the different programs and the different ways of home schooling. One type of home schooling is through the town that you live in. You have to keep track of the hours that you work and what you do then the kids have to go to school and get assessed through the different testing they do periodically. That's one way of doing it. The one that worked best for us was called Laurel Springs Homeschooling. It's an independant learning school, which is actually where Tony will get his diploma from. They also supply tutors. I wanted to have a tutor that would travel with us.

What is that like?

(Billie Perry) Basically they're in school. They have curriculum that they have to follow, but they have have the flexibility of deciding what they want to study, which is really nice. It's hands on. I have loved that aspect with the travel.

Did you trust your instinct to home school from the start?

(Billie Perry) Definitely. My instrincts told me that it was the best way to go. I kept going back to the orginal philosophy. I kept going back to the verbal contract that Joe and I made when we said, "Waht do we picture our life like?" I felt like a trailblazer back then. There really wasn't the support there is now. I just trusted my instincts totally.

It seems with a traditional school, learning is limited to the walls of the classroom. But with home schooling, the whole world can be your classroom.

(Billie Perry) That's very true. The children have been to japan. We've taken them to temples. And they've been able to actually see different religions and see cultures, and eat different foods.

(Joe Perry) It's been a giant class trip.

(Billie Perry) And we've grown along with them, as well, just by being able to see the world. I feel really fortunate.

Did the two of your go to traditional schools?

(Joe Perry) I went to a regular high school and then I went to an all-boys, live-in prep school. I left there my senior year and then I got my high school equivalency.

(Billie Perry) I went to a traditional high school and dropped out. I went back and got an equivalency diploma.

Do you think traditional schools limit kids' creativity?

(Billie Perry) Especially today, with all the government cutbacks in the arts and limited funding. Absolutely.

Tom Waits said in an interview that in raising kids we have to "just let them go off the paper and onto the wall".

(Joe Perry) We definitely have that philosophy. We give them the nuts and bolts of wrong and and right and how to be polite and then we believe in taking down typical barriers so that you can be free to express yourself.

(Billie Perry) I think the idea of sitting a child at a desk from 8:30AM to 3:30PM is almost cruel and abusrive treatment. I truely do believe that. They have so much energy.

We're starting to hear a lot of success stories of people who were home schooled these days.

(Joe Perry) I think that what it's saying is really about schools and the way they work or don't work. Kids really have to be far more motivated to succeed in the traditional school setting than in a home school setting. It's not designed to bring along the kids that are having a hard time. It's designed for the kids that are naturally inclined and driven and the other ones, the ones that need the extra help fall through the cracks. When you hear about some of the schools that have programs for the kids who are having a harder time, that's progress. But I know when U was going to school, you either had a natural inclination to get the good grades or else your just squeaked by and that was it. When you look at it from the point of view of administrators, it doesn't really matter what's right for each kid. Part of it is that there are so many kids in public schools. And, again with cutbacks, teachers don't get paid as much as they should. All this stuff works against the kids. A child might have all this potential for something, but he's having a hard time because he can't sit still for eight hours. I think that's about what Tom Waits is talking about. The kids should be allowed to fulfill their potential for something that may not be on the lesson plan that day.

It sounds like your boys have really taken well to home schooling?

(Billie Perry) Well, they've had a choice. Every year we let them choose what they want to do. We say, "Do you want to be home schooled or do you want to go to school? Do you want to go to prep school?" We sit and we talk about it, and they always want to go on the road. They want to keep the family together.

Has it worked out?

(Billie Perry) We've got Tony, who's heading out into the world. We're excited for him. He's going to put himself out there. And he's a product of home schooling and us, and how we've taught him just relying on our instincts. He's ready.

You are both examples for them. Billie, what about your art and making it a part of your home?

(Billie Perry) Well, I helped to design and decorate this whole house and some of my pieces like all the stained glass I've designed, are a part of it. I had a photography show at the Photography Resource Center at Boston University. Maybe with Tony going off to college I'll have a little more free time.

Have you taught the boys guitar?

(Joe Perry) Only by example. I was never taught so I don;t have that kind of vocabulary, but I can show them things.

(Billie Perry) Both Tony and Adrian play guitar. Roman started about a year ago.

(Joe Perry) In some ways they play better than I do. Adrian is more accomplished technically. We talk a lot about music.

Do you ever play together?

(Joe Perry) Sometimes. We'll all sit down and jam. Right now Tony's in this phase where he really loves Rage Against The Machine, and he's picked a style of guitar that really excites him. And I'll go and listen to him play and give him a word of advice but it needs to be his own music. I know what music was to me, not just that I love music, but politically it was to break away. It was about rebellion. Everything that my parents were about was not the kind of music I liked. Growing upo in the '60's, when society was shifting and changing, it doesn't seem to be that now. It's like a form of entertainment that kids either get into to they don't. Tony's said over and over again, "I don't want to be a rock star."

(Billie Perry) I think that they are just individuals. They don't feel they have to copy dad. They each have their own personality.

Do you worry about the boys socially? It seems when people talk about home school negatively, they always include the fact that kids in home school settings don't integrate with kids as readily with others.

(Billie Perry) When we are on the road, they make friends as we travel. We find people that have children, so when we get to certain spots they know that they are going to see certain kids in certain staes and that's really fun. Also, from time to time, the other band members' children will come out on the road, and they are all similar ages. Another thing that we do is when kids get to be about 13, parents will let us bring them on the road so we will fly out playmates and they can have their best friend come out for a week or two. And the when the band is off, I sign them up for summer programs. Maybe they'll be signed up for a robotics camp. Tony went to summer camp away. Roman played baseball one summer. And we have an open door policy at the house, and this is the hangout place.

You two are grandparents, too, right?

(Billie Perry) Yeah.

You're two of the coolest grandparents I've ever met.

(Joe&Billie) Thank you.

(Joe Perry) I am married to a grandmother! I can't believe it. She's not like any grandmother I ever grew up with, that's for sure.

(Billie Perry) I was very young when I had Aaron, so I've a very young grandmother. But it's fun, I mean, it brings more excite ment to the family again. It keeps the traditions of Christmas and Thanksgiving and makes those kinds of traditions fun. It's a different enegery level.

Joe, you're a musician, father, husband, grandfather. Does that make it hard to keep the creative edge to your work?

(Joe Perry) I went through a period when I was in my early 40's where I doubted where or not is was legitimate enought to dedicate the rest of my life to doing this. Can I just jump around on stage with a guitar on? I went through a few months of thinking, How can I do this with a straight face anymore? But then I realized that I never did it with a straight face, and as long as I have a good time doing it, then it's valid. You know what I mean? I've always had my tongue in my cheek when I am playing and doing this with Aerosmith. So it's fun, you know? And as long as we can do it and have fun, I going to keep doing it. I can be 60 years old and keep doing it. And thats it. I think you just have to follow your instincts, which is what I've done so I'm really comfortable. This little niche of music making, one part is so pop oriented and youth oriented, and the generation I grew up in, the stars either died or the band broke up. It's always been a business turnover. It's always been like if a band ran into a little bit of trouble, there were always two bands to take their place. So I think that all of us that have started this rock n roll thing and have sort of joined up, the older guys, the ones that I consider from the first generation of rockers, you know from the 60's, they're stiull out their doing it.

I heard that you said something about the importance of the guitar as a symbol of rebellion.

(Joe Perry) And it still is. They're out there making new music right now. And just by it's nature, it can be really loud and brash and it can be really obnoxious.

(Billie Perry) But it can also be really romantic and sensual and intimate.

(Joe Perry) That's right and that's why it's so infinite.

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Shakin My Cage Video Premiere [26 May 2005|01:04pm]

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VH1 Music Radar

On Sunday, May 29 catch the world premiere video of Joe Perry's "Shakin' My Cage" at 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM. "Shakin' My Cage" is the new single off of the legendary Aerosmith guitarist's new self-titled solo album, "Joe Perry." The "Shakin' My Cage" video was the first video produced by VH1 Classic at the new VH1 Classic studios in Manhattan.

Shakin My Cage

[28 Apr 2005|01:28pm]

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May 2nd
Join Joe Perry in Boston for a listening party/live gig in support of his new solo album!

Harper's Ferry
May 2, 2005 @ 7:30PM
Boston, Massachusetts
21+ to enter

May 3rd
Meet Joe Perry at his "Joe Perry" autograph signing

Newbury Comics
May 3rd 6PM to 8PM
Newbury Street Location
332 Newbury St., Boston, MA

May 5th
Join Joe Perry for a listening party/live concert!

Webster Hall
May 5th 8PM
New York City

Join Joe Perry as he celebrates the release of his new self-titled album, Joe Perry on May 5th @ Webster Hall, NYC! This is a special one-time-only live performance of songs from his forthcoming self titled solo album!! Ticket purchasing info is below.

[The live band]

JOE PERRY -lead vocal, lead guitar
Audley Freed - rhythm guitar
Charlie Drayton - bass
Paul Caruso - drums

May 6th
Joe Perry Chat

Guitar legend Joe Perry has enjoyed tremendous success in his role in Aerosmith. Lately he has also been working on a self titled solo project.

On May 6th, Joe Perry will chat on the phone with MSNBC.com. If you have a question you'd like to have included, use the links below. The recorded audio of the chat will be posted here immediately following the interview.

Submit your questions and comments now to Question2001@MSNBC.com and we'll include it in a slide show to accompany the audio transcript. Keep it clean and legal please!



AF1 organized a super-cool, members-only online listening party for the new Joe Perry album. Members can preview 2-minute clips of each song on the album, and chat with other AF1 Members. When it gets goin' you can visit AF1 Chat to access this killer Joe Perry AF1 "player." The AF1 Joe Perry Listening Party will begin soon!

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[23 Feb 2005|10:05am]

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Stars Paint Guitars For Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES, CA Wednesday Feb.23.2005 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart and AC/DC's Brian Johnson are among the celebrities who will "rock the cure" in the fight against breast cancer. These artists, along with Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Mick Fleetwood, Ellen DeGeneres and David Carradine, are taking part in Expedition Inspiration and Hard Rock Café's first ever "Designer Gibson Guitar Auction." The auction benefits the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Participating entertainers decorated 50 Gibson Les Paul SG Special guitars to be auctioned off live at the Hard Rock Café in Los Angeles on May 3. Although the live auction at the Hard Rock Café is by invitation only, the general public can get in on the action and bid online starting April 24, 2005 at http://juliensauctions.com/. Money raised from the auction goes to promote research at the USC/Norris and UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centers, both leaders in cancer prevention and research.

For more information or to make a donation to Expedition Inspiration, visit

For additional information on the auction or to bid on an item starting April 24, head to http://juliensauctions.com/.

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[15 Feb 2005|03:54pm]

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Source: AF1

Columbia Records is set to release Joe Perry, the eagerly-awaited new solo album from rock icon Joe Perry, whose incendiary guitar work and songwriting for Aerosmith helped earn the group its ongoing multi-platinum status, four Grammy Awards, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001).

Joe Perry is in stores on Tuesday, May 3.

I cannot wait to hear the album in full!

Also, Steven Tyler was interviewed on the Red Carpet of the Grammy's last night & according to him a new AEROSMITH album should be out sometime next August!
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[05 Feb 2005|05:49pm]

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Joe Perry is movin' out to a farm in Vermont
By Steve Morse, Globe Staff | February 5, 2005

Aside from the Red Sox and Patriots, few people are more identified with Boston than Joe Perry of Aerosmith. He has been the city's best-known rock guitarist for years, even though he lives in the South Shore town of Duxbury.

But that's about to change. Next week, Perry becomes a country gentleman in Vermont.

Yes, you heard it right. Vermont.

"It's time to bust a move," says Perry, who has purchased the scenic 120-acre
Sleepy Hollow Farm near White River Junction. "We've always made Boston
our home because of the band and the kids, but now that's changing."

Aerosmith is on a break until September, at which time they'll likely tour again and play a FleetCenter date. Perry will commute to join them. He and his wife, Billie, who have raised four children, now only have the
youngest, 13-year-old Roman, at home, so they're ready for some new digs.

"I can't do the suburbs anymore," says Billie, a Indiana native (and descendant of Davy Crockett). "You get to a point in your life when you need a change."

"I've always wanted to have a bigger chunk of land," says Perry. "And we love horses. We have three horses and another on the way -- we bought him in Holland and he's being shipped over. Billie and I have always dreamed of having a farm. Every couple of years we'd look around and try to find a place
near Boston. Either we'd find something and we'd be too tired to move, or we just couldn't find anything, so we'd put another addition onto the house. But we finally found a place that has a good chunk of undisturbed land."

Perry's Duxbury home, which includes a pool house and a guest house, is not yet up for sale, but he expects to put it up in the next six months. (He also owns homes in Sunapee, N.H., and Sarasota, Fla.)

He and his wife also considered moving to Montana, but Perry ultimately felt that would be too far from Aerosmith. The White River Junction area is only a couple of hours' drive from Boston -- and 20 minutes by plane, he says.

"When it comes to work, I'll still be down here in Boston," he notes.

Of course, hanging with the Aerosmith crew isn't the only musical work he's got scheduled. Perry, who just turned 54, will release a self-titled solo album on May 3. He expects to put a band together to play some live dates to support it -- though, he admits, "It may take 10 crowbars to get me out of Vermont."

These days, he's packing and getting psyched to head north.

"The house [in Vermont] is smaller than this one, but it's just a beautiful area with a lot of forest," he says. "The main part of the house was built in 1790, and there are a few other buildings on the land."

One is a former schoolhouse. There's also a large barn where he will build a studio. His basement studio in Duxbury is named the Boneyard (he made his new solo album there and Aerosmith has used it), but he says he may call the Vermont studio "The Sugar House."

As for musicians in Vermont, Perry says, "I don't really know any, but I know I'll find them."

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.


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[04 Feb 2005|03:52pm]

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Columbia Records Readies Release of Joe Perry
Thursday February 3, 5:01 pm ET
Eagerly-Awaited Solo Album From Legendary Aerosmith Guitarist Features 11 Joe Perry Originals Plus Woody Guthrie & The Doors Covers
In Stores Tuesday, May 3

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records is set to release Joe Perry, the eagerly-awaited new solo album from rock icon Joe Perry, whose incendiary guitar work and songwriting for Aerosmith helped earn the group its ongoing multi-platinum status, four Grammy Awards, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001). Joe Perry is in stores on Tuesday, May 3.

Recorded at the Boneyard -- Perry's basement home studio in Boston -- Joe Perry achieves a smoldering intensity via Perry's signature guitar riffs and unmistakable deep vocals. The album's 13 tracks include 11 new Joe Perry original compositions as well as covers of the Doors' "The Crystal Ship" and Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man."

"It didn't occur to me to put this record out until Aerosmith decided to take a year off," says Joe about his new album, which opens with the album's first focus track, "Shakin' My Cage." Joe Perry showcases Joe's vocals on songs like "Push Comes To Shove" and "Dying To Be Free" and his musical chops on instrumentals like "Mercy" and "Twilight."

"It's as honest a record as you're gonna get," says Joe Perry, revealing the nature of this true solo work. In fact, Joe sings all the vocals and plays all the guitars, bass and keyboard parts on Joe Perry. Perry also produced the album, which was co-produced by Paul Caruso, who recorded and engineered the disc and played drums throughout. Don't look for a who's who list of guest players here, except for a friend who teaches at the Berklee School of Music -- "an old-school analog synth guy, Chris Noise, who plays the string part on one ballad, 'Ten Years,'" says Joe Perry.

"Seems like these days that when people go off and do a solo record, it's more the norm to bring in a bunch of all-star friends, but I already have the amazing fortune to play with one of the best singers in the world and the hardest rocking band on the planet," Joe offers, "but also, the way these songs developed from the demos, they already had the sound I was looking for. And it was a refreshing challenge to work this way."

Joe Perry is the fourth solo album from the multi-talented Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. His previous works -- as the "Joe Perry Project" -- include the self-produced Let The Music Do The Talking (1980) and Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker (1984), along with I've Got The Rock 'N' Rolls Again (1981), all of which were recorded at a time when Joe was on hiatus from Aerosmith. The new album differs from those discs in several key aspects.

"This one didn't come from anywhere near the same space as those albums," Joe explains. "I mean, I had fun doing them and they certainly fulfilled a creative need, but this record reflects the experience of 20 more years of writing and recording and making my way on this planet."

With his home studio located just downstairs from the living quarters, the music on Joe Perry was created organically and recorded under no deadlines or pressure. In fact, the genesis of the album goes back 10 years -- the song "Ten Years" was written by Joe as a tenth anniversary gift to his wife, Billie Paulette, with no intention of it ever being heard by the public. The rest of the album was written by Joe as he worked on Aerosmith's Nine Lives, Just Push Play and 2004's acclaimed blues-fest Honkin' On Bobo, the "four star" (Rolling Stone) album on which Joe sang lead vocals on two tracks.

"One day I was complaining about a lack of inspiration and my wife, Billie, in her role as muse, said, 'Get down and sing where you belong,'" says Joe. "I felt I busted loose and started singing where my voice was more natural as you can hear on the song 'Back Back Train' (from Honkin' On Bobo). I discovered a whole new place and it was a whole new vehicle for me. I found I was writing music better suited for my vocal range."

What about Joe Perry's lyrical inspiration for these tunes? "Well, most of the songs are love songs," he confesses. "Some of them are fast and some of them are slow, that's about it. You sing what you know."

Joe Perry's work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Some key milestones over the past 30 years include: album sales exceeding 100 million copies; induction in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001; four Grammy Awards; 12 MTV Video Awards; two People's Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (from the soundtrack to "Armageddon").

Stay tuned for news about possible Joe Perry live appearances.

Joe Perry

1. "Shakin' My Cage"
2. "Hold On Me"
3. "Pray For Me"
4. "Can't Compare"
5. "Lonely"
6. "Crystal Ship"
7. "Talk Talkin'"
8. "Push Comes To Shove"
9. "Twilight"
10. "Ten Years"
11. "Vigilante Man"
12. "Dying To Be Free"
13. "Mercy"

Awww. Now I really cannot wait to hear Ten Years! <333

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[01 Feb 2005|05:58pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, entitled simply "Joe Perry", due on March 29 via Sony, reports Blabbermouth.net.

Perry reportedly wrote all songs on the album except one ("Crystal Ship") and he plays all instruments on the album except drums. This will be Perry's fourth solo album, after 1980's "Let The Music Do The Talking", 1981's "I've Got The Rock'N'Rolls Again", and 1984's "Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker".

"Joe Perry" track listing:

01. Shakin' My Cage
02. Hold On Me
03. Pray For Me
04. Can't Compare
05. Lonely
06. Crystal Ship
07. Talk Talkin'
08. Push Comes To Shove
09. Twilight
10. Ten Years
11. Dying To Be Free
12. Mercy

I cannot wait for it!! :D

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[31 Jan 2005|02:25pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

AEROSMITH Not Planning Any Public SUPER BOWL Activities

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that the members of AEROSMITH are backing their hometown New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, but don't expect to see them do anything in public. The band is in the midst of its year-long hiatus, so unlike years past, they won't be featured performers at the game. Lead guitarist Joe Perry said that they might possibly attend some sort of event, but that they're basically staying low-key. "All I can say is that we'll probably be there in spirit," Perry told Launch. "I don't know — I've been up to quite a few games, myself and my family, to support them. I don't know — Steven may, he may do something. I mean, he sang the national anthem at the start of the, the (Boston Red) Sox series, so we definitely are supporters there."

The Patriots will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX (39) at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 6.

Perry will release a solo album in March, and he plans to tour behind it.


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[21 Jan 2005|03:15pm]

[ mood | creative ]

From AF1...

This just in. Joe Perry was just interviewed for a special Rolling Stone feature on the GRAMMY Awards. Along with other celebs and rock stars, the mag asked Joe what he'd like to see happen at the Awards.

The issue hits newsstands on January 27, 2005.

Want to participate in the Joe Perry Birthday Project? Visit JOE PERRY NET for all the details.

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[17 Jan 2005|02:30am]

[ mood | horny ]

Joe, Billie, and Roman appeared on Animal Planet tonight at the AKC Dog Show. They were all interviewed briefly about their show favorites... I added 32 video caps from the show to the Joe Perry Net Gallery. Enjoy!

(Click on the photo to view the gallery)

Joe, Billie, and Roman all looked and sounded GREAT. I love how Joe is ALL smiles around his family. What a beautiful family!
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[15 Jan 2005|10:01pm]

[ mood | amused ]

FAST CHAT with Joe Perry
January 16, 2005

Joe Perry likes to talk, but the 54-year-old guitarist for Aerosmith doesn't like to smile.

Why the long face? After all, Aerosmith's latest album of juiced-up blues tunes has the goofy title "Honkin' on Bobo." And the whole reason Perry was visiting Manhattan's Hard Rock Cafe recently was to promote the latest flavor of his Rock Your World hot sauce, called Mango Peach Tango. But in conversation with Newsday's Rafer Guzmán, the guitarist never once cracked a grin. And when asked about Aerosmith's Metallica-style stint in group therapy years ago, he gave a short reply before ending the interview.

Was it something we said?

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Mmmm. That is one smoking haute photo of Joe!! <33

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More icons... [20 Oct 2004|01:11am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Please credit + comment if you take any.

ENJOY. : )

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JP Wallpaper... [18 Oct 2004|04:19pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Brand new from Joe Perry Net.

800x600 + 1024x768

+ 14 other wallpapers at the Joe Perry Net Gallery. Enjoy. :P
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Iconifed Perry Style... [18 Oct 2004|01:09am]

[ mood | creative ]

Credit + comment if you take any.

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Perry does Playboy... [17 Oct 2004|11:46pm]

[ mood | impressed ]

I said Playboy not Playgirl. Minds outta the gutter... LOL!!

Clothesline: Joe Perry

Playing guitar for Aerosmith isn't the only thing Joe Perry is
passionate about - he also indulges heavily in fashion. "Rock and
roll sets you free," he says, "and clothes help send that message.
The best shopping is in Japan, because designers such as Burberry,
Diesel and Prada make special lines just for that country. My
favorite buying experience was in Milan, when the whole city was
having a half-off sale. My favorite store in the world is Alan
Bilzerian on Newbury Street in Boston. It carries everything. It's
a one-stop store." Does Perry ever power shop with fellow bandmate
and notorious clotheshorse Steven Tyler? "Not often. As time has
gone by, he's gotten more conservative and I've gotten more
flamboyant. Go figure that!"

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