Joe Perry
Joe Perry
Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. He is influenced by many rock artists especially The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. He was ranked 48th in the Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Make Americana Great Again with Wise Old Moon; Mouth Sounds at 'Night
Huffington Post - 24 days
Maybe it's because it's Oscar season, but I can't help but to picture the great Hell or High Water when I listen to some tunes from the Hartford band Wise Old Moon. So many of their indie roots/folk rock tracks fit right in with that story's narrative. Or maybe not. Maybe it's because the band's songs are just worn - in a good way. They're a slice of Americana worn to perfection - be it last year's Don't Take Off or 2014's The Patterns. In any event, let's move on because it'll sound like smoke if I gush anymore. The band is the brainchild of Hartford, CT's Connor Zane Millican who honed the sound after traveling out west and returning home. What originally started out as a one-man show with hired guns performing the songs live (three years and over 200 performances) has now turned into a full-fledged band. Speaking of which, at the Music Conservatory of Westchester last week, Millican and that band were on hand to perform "Day Grifter" and chat about the band's evolution. Wi ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Colony House's "Beautiful Life;" A Quick Chat with The Heydaze
Huffington Post - 30 days
Last last year, A-Sides welcomed back Colony House, the Nashville quartet of Park Cotrell, Scott Mills, and Caleb and Will Chapman, and had them sit down for an interview and perform their hit alt-rock single "You & I" off their then-forthcoming Only the Lonely record. Since then, the band has blown up like Violet Beauregarde. They've played Seth Meyers, Today, and have been singled out twice in Entertainment Weekly - most recently as one of the "10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017." Pretty spiffy. Considering how awesome the alt-pop band is and the fact they filmed another song last November, they're back. Watch the hitmakers perform "This Beautiful Life" at the Gibson Showroom in New York City (by below. Like Colony House, NYC-based band The Heydaze are getting plenty of alt radio play with their debut single "Hurt Like Hell." The track is the first off the band's upcoming debut EP, and if it's any indication, they'll fall in the alt-pop-rock category of the ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool Lo ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sum 41's Deryck Whibley on New Album, Tour, and His Own Mortality; "Lose Control" with KOPPS' Song Premiere
Huffington Post - about 1 month
If you've followed Sum 41 over the last few years you know just how close frontman Deryck Whibley came to leaving us. I won't go into specifics because it's been so well documented (Google it if you will). Instead, I'd rather focus on the singer and the band's recent resurgence. Last fall, the band released their first album in five years entitled 13 Voices and it was met with arguably the best reviews in the pop punk band's career. For Whibley, it's easily his most personal work. He recorded, produced, and engineered the album in his Los Angeles home, and wrote it immediately following his four-month stint in the hospital. As he stated in the press release, "I had to learn how to do everything again-my motor skills, learning how to play guitar again... I couldn't even walk at the time. It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn't have a record to make, I don't think I would have recovered as quickly, or even at all. Writing music gave me a purpose. I had to get be ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The 66 Best Things in Pop Culture in 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2016 was a bad year. We know it. It's been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were "so white." Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on and on, but I won't. The year wasn't all bad. Here are my personal favorite things about the year in film, television, and music in no particular order. Share your own below. Here's hoping 2017 is better. Believe in hope. 1. The Chicago Cubs winning The World Series and Bill Murray and John Cusack's reactions to it 2. Lion - the acting, writing, and direction 3. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences 4. David Bowie's grand exit - Lazarus 5. Bon Iver's brilliant 22, A Million 6. Everything about Nocturnal Animals 7. Letters to Cleo's comeback 8. Spider-man's awesome cameo in Civil War 9. Amy Adams in Arrival especially the scene in which she makes "contact" 10. Westworld, a serie ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Forcing Star Wars Episode VIII Titles
Huffington Post - 2 months
Disney wasn't quite sure how many Star Wars films to add to the slate until Rogue One debuted. Admittedly, Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm said the company didn't want to go beyond the two sequels to last year's mega-hit The Force Awakens and the "Young" Han Solo film. Now that Rogue is a hit, we can expect more from the cinematic "force" As we await further word on casting of the Solo film, and debate whether the next standalone films will center Boba Fett, a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, or someone else, the next big Star Wars news will be when the trailer to Episode VIII will debut and what its title will be. Until that information is released to the masses, I've decided to take a crack at what the next film's title might be. Why? Because I'm a card-carrying SW nerd. Additionally, in these trying times, I want to attempt to make you (and me laugh). Some of these, mind you, I think would be cool titles even though I have no clue what the next film will be about. Anyway, have fun, and enjoy ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: 'Rudolph' is a Magical Time at Madison Square Garden
Huffington Post - 2 months
Musical adaptations of classics often fail to resonate. It could be a reinterpretation of a film, an album, or a television special, and the results are often the same: coal in the proverbial stocking. In the case of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, however, there's nothing but magic. An adaptation of the 1964 Rankin-Bass classic, this show, which plays through Dec. 18 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, is a delight from start to finish, capturing all of the wonders of the classic television special. You could count the kids' jaws dropping throughout the show. I know my sons were in awe. Anyway, we know the story by heart by now. The stop-motion classic follows "misfit" Rudolph who's bullied by just about everybody for having a shiny red nose. As he leaves the North Pole behind, he befriends fellow outcast Hermey the Elf, who doesn't quite fit in because he'd rather be a dentist than make toys. The commonalities mesh well, and the two look for a place where th ...
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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Finally, Jim Breuer Lives Out His "Rock n Roll Dreams"
Huffington Post - 3 months
Keanu Reeves and Dogstar. Google it if that's a non-sequitur to you. Or don't bother. The bottomline is pop culture stars who thrive in one area often want to live out another dream. It's why Johnny Depp went on tour with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (among others). It's why Don Johnson performed "Heartbeat." OK, definitely Google that. Anyway, my point is people who are good at one thing often try to do it across another medium. Rarely does it work out. In the case of Jim Breuer, however, he's more Depp than Don. I say this even though "Heartbeat" has the most epic music video of all-time. Breuer, a veteran of stand-up comedy for 20 years whose credits include a strong run on Saturday Night Live and a role in the cult comedy Half-Baked, is currently trying to "make it" as a hard rock frontman. So far, so good. Drawing on his comedy chops, the performer - in an ode to Spinal Tap or maybe not but it fits - dropped his debut rock album earlier this year, and sucks it does not. Pu ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: You, I & Colony House
Huffington Post - 3 months
"Back and better than ever." That's such an annoying term. When you say someone is "back and better than ever" it almost implies that they A) weren't very good to begin with or B) were just so so and needed to grow. Maybe I'm reading into it too much, but I find myself compelled to write just that when describing alt-rock act Colony House but actually mean it literally. Let me get this out of my system: Nashville's Colony House are back and better than ever! OK, done. A few years ago, the indie rockers dropped their debut album When I Was Younger, and it was a rockingly (yes, I'm making that a word) uplifting album with some weight to it featuring notable, breakthrough track "Silhouettes." Lucky for us the band's follow-up Only the Lonely is on its way in Jan, 13, and if the first two singles - "You & I" and "Lonely" - are any indication, they've upped the ante. Ugh, there's another phrase I don't like but again, I speak the truth. Let's move on and I'll deal with my i ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A Slice of Mandolin Orange
Huffington Post - 3 months
Frou Frou once sang, "there's beauty in the breakdown." It often rings true when it comes to music, but in life - especially given the impending or perceived doom of a Trump presidency - it couldn't be further. Let's focus on the former since this is a music series. The lyric somewhat fits with Mandolin Orange's music. It especially rings true on the North Carolina duo's latest album Blindfaller. Once again, there's a wonderful juxtaposition between the deep and often complicated lyrics with the quietly beautiful pairing of of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. (Take a listen to "Wildfire" and you'll get it.) The music and words pull you right in, and don't really let you go until minutes after you've finished the final song on the LP. Anyway, the pair have been gradually gaining fame with their bluegrass, folk and country feel since their last album Such Jubilee charted on Billboard and landed a boatload of praise including Rolling Stone. The latter publication named the album one ...
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The Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards moves to Japan - 3 months
Veteran rockers including Joe Perry and Jimmy Page turn out for the 11th annual music award show. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Speaking Jaymay's 'Truth'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Boy, it's been tough motivating myself to write anything since Tuesday evening. The world is completely torn apart and unless we change and accept the unacceptable, we're going to be spinning our wheels endlessly. That's why I'm rebooting my mind today and going to my always reliable outlet of escape: music. Music heals. It makes us feel. It can even distract us from a world on fire. Today's A-Sides artist, Jaymay, is a talented singer/songwriter whose honesty and artistry have always shined through. Paste Magazine once praised her for her "melodic grace" and "lyrical detail" and that's spot on. The New York native opens up her soul with stories that just so happen to be songs. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester late last month, Jaymay performed two tracks from her acclaimed To Tell The Truth, and sat down (literally) for a chat that ranged from her music to an upcoming Christmas album. Watch in wonder as this guy (points to self) translates Ave Maria. It's something to ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Neon Tree's Tyler Glenn on 'Excommunication' and Rising Above Abandonment; Rumer Willis Hits the Road with 'Love'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Music can sometimes be the best form of therapy, and sometimes inspiration can grow out of your darkest hour. For Tyler Glenn, both have applied. It's been a rocky road and spiritual awakening for the Neon Trees frontman ever since he came out as gay in 2014. Last fall, the Mormon-raised musician was stunned when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) initiated a new policy that those in same-sex marriages are dissenters and would prevent their children from being blessed or baptized. With that news, Glenn naturally felt abandoned. But sadness eventually gave way to liberation as he plotted his debut album fittingly called Excommunication, which he dubs "a break-up record." Neon Trees collaborator Tim Pagnotta produced the album. In addition to his solo work, Glenn appears alongside such artists as Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, and Meghan Trainor on "Hands," a musical tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. I spoke to him re ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Rated-R Superstar Adam Copeland Gets G-Rated with "Bookaboo"
Huffington Post - 4 months
This wreaks of awesomeness. Amazon just launched a new "Original Kids" series last week called Bookaboo, and all signs point to it becoming the new Reading Rainbow. The series focuses on a rock-star puppy named Bookaboo. The drummer tours the world with his band, but can't play without a story a day read by a different celeb each time out. Paula Abdul, Emily Van Camp, and wrestler-turned-actor Adam Copeland (formerly Edge in the WWE) are among the talents who appear on respective episodes. We caught up with Copeland recently, and asked him to weigh in on the show, his acting career, and the state of professional wrestling. Read on! (Get it?) What was the initial attraction to Bookaboo? For me, this was a no brainer. It involves children, a rock n' roll drumming dog who needs a book read to him, and promotes parental reading and quality time with your children. Sold. It's been compared to Reading Rainbow. What were your go-to shows as a kid? I grew up in Southern ...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Getting Out of the 'Woodwork' with John Paul White; Getting 'Wild' in the Streets of Laredo
Huffington Post - 4 months
John Paul White admits he's been pretty fortunate in his career. He's been able to make music (and find success) on his own terms from his early days of flying solo to his Grammy-winning work as 1/2 of the acclaimed duo The Civil Wars with Joy Willliams. That collaboration, we know, ended after six years in 2014, but the Southern folk star is back with his first solo album in nearly ten years entitled Beulah. True to himself and his career, the record was created without any strings holding him back. He recorded it in his own Single Lock Studios and released it on his own Single Lock Records, "When I bet on myself, and trust my gut, it's worked out," he told A-Sides during an interview two weeks ago. "I've been lucky." So have we. White's critically-acclaimed new album, a collection of stories that are intimate and often dark (the title, afterall, is inspired by a William Blake line), is less about luck and more about unexpected inspiration. Following the break-up of The Civi ...
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Aerosmith's Joe Perry to Return to the Stage Tonight
ABC News - 7 months
He collapsed while performing with the Hollywood Vampires.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Pop Icon Howard Jones "Only Gets Better"; Hannah Gill & The Hours Clock In
Huffington Post - 7 months
This summer, decades are colliding. The "whoa whoa whoa-oh-oh whoa-whoa whoa-oh-oh" is meeting "Chickity China the Chinese chicken" and shouting "oho Enola gay." Yep, 1980s synth icon Howard Jones is on the road with '90's standouts Barenaked Ladies and '80s stars OMD. That said, let's focus on Mr. Jones, who revolutionized synth music in the Reagan decade, and in turn inspired countless contemporary acts with his cutting edge ways. And, it's important to note, Jones has been churning out music long after "Things Can Only Get Better" and "No One is to Blame" burned up the charts. Never just a novelty act, the musician has toured rigorously over three decades, and released new material - most notably the multi-media project Engage. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester late last month, Jones talked about the '80's (and the bad rap it gets), his current tour stateside, and his influence in the industry. Oh, and he also performed a rare, mostly instrumental version of his song "Don ...
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Aerosmith guitarist Perry hospitalized
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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was listed in stable condition Monday in a New York hospital after falling ill at a concert, police said.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Perry
  • 2016
    Age 65
    From September through October 2016, Perry will rejoin Aerosmith for a 10-date tour of Latin America preceded by a September 16 performance at the Kaaboo Festival in San Diego, California.
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    On July 10, 2016, Perry collapsed onstage at a concert he was performing with the Hollywood Vampires on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.
    More Details Hide Details It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest, was revived, and rushed to the hospital, but was quickly upgraded to stable condition later that night. The Vampires continued the show without Perry that evening and will continue their tour, but canceled an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Perry is resting and expected to make a full recovery; he is expected to return onstage soon.
  • 2015
    Age 64
    Also in 2015, Perry was one of the narrators for the documentary film Unity.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2015, Joe Perry has worked with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp on the side project Hollywood Vampires, which released their eponymous debut album in September 2015 and performed at the 58th Grammy Awards on February 15, 2016. In the summer of 2016, the Vampires launched a summer concert tour of North America, joined by drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Robert DeLeo. Since December 2015, in various interviews, Perry and fellow Aerosmith band members Brad Whitford and Steven Tyler have discussed the possibility of an Aerosmith farewell tour or "wind-down tour" slated to start in 2017. Perry has suggested the tour could last for two years and Tyler said it could potentially last "forever"; Whitford and Tyler also discussed the potential of doing one last studio album.
    On June 13, 2015, Perry embarked on the Blue Army Tour with Aerosmith, which sent the band to 17 North American locations through August 7, many of them in smaller venues in secondary markets that the band has either never performed in or hasn't performed in many years.
    More Details Hide Details On the tour, the band performed several lesser-known deep cuts.
  • 2014
    Age 63
    On October 7, 2014, Perry released his autobiography Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, co-written by David Ritz.
    More Details Hide Details Perry promoted the book with a book-signing tour that took him to 14 locations across the United States in the month of October.
    From May 17 to June 28 of 2014, Perry performed 15 shows with Aerosmith on the European leg of the Global Warming Tour.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the Let Rock Rule Tour (featuring Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators as the opening act), which sent Aerosmith to 19 locations across North America from July 10 to September 12.
  • 2010
    Age 59
    After Tyler completed drug rehabilitation in early 2010, he got back together with his bandmates and they announced a world tour called the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour which took place in the spring and summer of 2010.
    More Details Hide Details While on tour, several on-stage incidents (including Tyler accidentally hitting Perry in the head with his mic stand and Perry bumping Tyler off the stage) as well as Tyler signing on to be a judge on American Idol without telling his bandmates caused tensions to again flare between Tyler and Perry, but cooled once again by the time the tour ended. Aerosmith then proceeded to spend much of the summer of 2011 recording their next album, their first of predominantly original material in a decade. Like Honkin' on Bobo, their next album was produced by a team that included Perry, Tyler, Jack Douglas, and Marti Frederiksen. The band toured Japan and South America in late 2011 and continued recording in early 2012. In May 2012, their new single "Legendary Child" was released and performed live on the season finale of American Idol. It was also announced that the band's new album would be titled Music from Another Dimension! and would be released in August 2012; the album's release date would later be pushed back to November 2012. Two more singles ("What Could Have Been Love and "Lover Alot") were released in advance of the album. The band supported the album with the Global Warming Tour, which lasted for much of summer and fall of 2012 and appearances on national television programs. In January 2013, the single "Can't Stop Lovin' You" (a duet with country star Carrie Underwood) was released, and in February, it was announced that Perry and his songwriting partner Steven Tyler would be recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award at the society's 30th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 17 and that the duo would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on June 13.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    On November 10, 2009, at a Joe Perry Project concert in New York City, Tyler made a surprise appearance, assuring the crowd he was not quitting Aerosmith and performed "Walk This Way" with the band.
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    He toured Europe and the States in late 2009 and early 2010 in support of the album.
    More Details Hide Details After Tyler fell off a stage during an Aerosmith show in August 2009 in Sturgis, South Dakota during the band's Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Tour (causing the rest of the ill-fated tour to be canceled), tensions flared between Tyler and his bandmates, especially Perry, and it got to the point where the band members weren't speaking to each other. Media reports began to circulate that Tyler had left the band and that Perry and the other members of Aerosmith were seeking out a new singer to replace Tyler.
    In 2009, while on tour with Aerosmith, Perry announced that he would be releasing a new Joe Perry Project album entitled Have Guitar, Will Travel, which was released on October 6, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The first single from the album was "We've Got a Long Way to Go." This marks the first Joe Perry Project album since 1983's Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker, and the fifth Joe Perry solo album in total, counting the 2005 self-titled album.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    Perry endorsed John McCain for the 2008 Presidential election, and described himself as a "lifelong Republican".
    More Details Hide Details Perry has a collection of about 600 guitars. Perry has performed on all Aerosmith albums with the exception of Rock in a Hard Place (1982). Perry has spearheaded the creation of an entire line of hot sauces with Ashley Food Company entitled Joe Perry's Rock Your World Hot Sauces, which are featured widely in the marketplace. A quesadilla featuring a flavor of the namesake hot sauce is available as an appetizer at Hard Rock Cafe. Additionally, Perry was featured in a television episode of Inside Dish with Rachael Ray on a recent stop on Aerosmith's tour, in which he prepared a meal, displayed his passion for knives, discussed his hot sauce brand and cooking, and gave insight into what goes into meal preparation on Aerosmith tours. Until recently, Perry, along with Aerosmith band member Steven Tyler and other partners, co-owned Mount Blue, a restaurant in Norwell, Massachusetts.
  • 2006
    Age 55
    In 2006, Perry performed alongside Steven Tyler for a three-song medley ("Dream On", "Walk This Way", "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing") with the Boston Pops Orchestra as part of a nationally-televised event to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, a video game featuring the band's songs, was released in 2008.
    Critics also responded favorably; Rolling Stone magazine crowned it with three-and-a-half (out of five) stars, declaring "A Joe Perry solo joint? about time!" He was also nominated for "Best Rock Instrumental" at the 2006 Grammys for the track "Mercy" but lost to Les Paul.
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  • 2005
    Age 54
    Perry released his first solo record, the self-titled Joe Perry, in May 2005.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded at his home studio (The Boneyard) in suburban Boston, with every instrument but the drums played by Perry himself.
  • 1999
    Age 48
    On September 9, 1999, Perry and Tyler reunited with Run–D.M.C. and were also joined by Kid Rock for a collaborative live performance of "Walk This Way" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Aerosmith performed at the Super Bowl XXXV half-time show and released the platinum-certified Just Push Play, which included the Top 10 single "Jaded". Shortly after the album's release, Perry was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Aerosmith. The band subsequently went on the eight-month-long Just Push Play Tour and went on to tour every following year, with the exception of 2008. The Aerosmith blues cover album Honkin' on Bobo was released in 2004.
  • 1998
    Age 47
    In 1998, Perry helped conceive the group's first number one single, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", with pop songwriter Diane Warren.
    More Details Hide Details It appeared on the soundtrack to the hit film Armageddon, in which Tyler's daughter Liv starred. In 1999, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith opened at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • 1996
    Age 45
    While grateful for all he had done to help resurrect their careers, Aerosmith fired Collins in 1996 and carried on with new management.
    More Details Hide Details The double platinum Nine Lives was finally released in 1997. Nine Lives was fueled by the hit singles "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" and "Pink" and supported by the three-year-long Nine Lives Tour. During this time, Perry starred in a commercial for The Gap with Steven Tyler. The band also released their bestselling tell-all book Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith.
  • 1986
    Age 35
    In 1986, Perry and Tyler collaborated with Run-D.M.C. in a remake of Aerosmith's 1975 hit "Walk This Way", which helped break rap into mainstream popularity and brought Aerosmith renewed mainstream attention as well.
    More Details Hide Details After completing drug rehabilitation, Aerosmith went on to collaborate with various big-name songwriters (such as Desmond Child and Jim Vallance), producers (Bruce Fairbairn), A&R men (John Kalodner), and music video directors (Marty Callner and David Fincher) to launch their true comeback, with the successful multi-platinum albums Permanent Vacation (1987), Pump (1989), and Get a Grip (1993), which were backed by many hit singles ("Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Angel", "Rag Doll", "Love in an Elevator", "Janie's Got a Gun", "What it Takes", "The Other Side", "Livin' on the Edge", "Cryin'", "Amazing", and "Crazy"), popular music videos, and worldwide concert tours. The band won several awards throughout the 1990s, including four Grammy Awards and ten MTV Video Music Awards. Perry and Tyler resumed their friendship, again co-writing songs and performing very close together on stage, as well as vacationing together with their families after the conclusion of the Get a Grip Tour. However, tensions in the band boiled in 1996, while the band was in the midst of recording their next album. While songwriting and recording sessions in Miami had begun well, the band's manager began pressuring the band members, spreading false information to the band members, and keeping the band members separate from one another, almost causing Aerosmith to break up.
  • 1985
    Age 34
    With his second wife, Billie, whom he married in 1985, he has two sons, Tony and Roman, while she has a son, Aaron, from a previous relationship.
    More Details Hide Details Adrian and Tony Perry are founding members of the rock group Dead Boots. As of circa 2014, Perry and his wife have homes in Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida and Los Angeles.
  • 1984
    Age 33
    In February 1984, both Perry and Whitford met up with their old bandmates in Aerosmith, which led to their re-joining the band two months later.
    More Details Hide Details Aerosmith signed a new record deal with Geffen Records (which coincidentally was sold to MCA in 1990, absorbing the MCA label 13 years later). When Perry re-joined Aerosmith, he brought on his manager Tim Collins to manage the band. Collins would help orchestrate much of Aerosmith's success over the next decade. In 1984, Aerosmith embarked on a successful comeback tour, the "Back in the Saddle Tour". The following year, the band released their first album since re-uniting, Done with Mirrors, which was received favorably by critics but did not fare as well commercially, only going gold and failing to generate a hit single, aside from the rock radio cut "Let the Music Do the Talking", a remake of Perry's 1980 solo song.
  • 1980
    Age 29
    Perry took a collection of unrecorded material with him, which would later become the basis of his album Let the Music Do the Talking, released in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured vocalist Ralph Mormon, bassist David Hull and drummer Ronnie Stewart and went on to sell 250,000 copies. Midway through the tour in support of the album, Ralph Mormon was replaced for the remainder of the tour by Joey Mala. It was followed by I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again in 1981, which featured vocalist/rhythm guitarist Charlie Farren, a veteran of the Boston rock scene. After this tour, there was a major shakeup of the band: Charlie Farren, David Hull and Ronnie Stewart left the band and the Joe Perry Project was dropped from Columbia Records. Equipped with a new record label (MCA Records) and three new band members in singer Mach Bell, bassist Danny Hargrove and drummer Joe Pet, The Joe Perry Project released the follow-up and Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker (1983). These albums didn't fare as well as The Project's debut, selling only 40,000 copies apiece. Despite the poor sales, The Project went out on a final tour in support of the album, adding former Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford to the line-up. During this tour, The Project performed in a series of co-bills with Huey Lewis and the News.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    Perry was married to Elyssa Jerret from 1975 to 1982 and together they had a son, Adrian.
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  • 1950
    Born on September 10, 1950.
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