Reviewed by: Roger Scales
Back in 1997 Stephen Davis wrote Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith and I remember reading it and being mildly shocked, somewhat amused, largely enlightened, very informed and never bored. This was a big deal at the time because many rumors had persisted for years about who said what to whom and at what point did the relationship between Joe Perry and the rest of the band deteriorate to where Joe left the band in 1979 half way through recording Nut In The Ruts. Was it just a rift between Joe and Steven? Why did he through a glass of milk at Tom Hamilton’s wife in Cleveland Ohio? We got the answers and then some. Read more
September 4, 2010
Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
Perry was transported to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton following the crash, which occurred shortly after 2 p.m., police said.
He was treated and released from the hospital, which admitted him under his real name of Anthony Perry, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police identified Perry as the operator of a motorcycle that was struck from behind by a sedan on Route 44 eastbound (Plympton Street).
The accident occurred near the intersection with Route 105. It was not immediately clear if Perry was driving at the time or stopped in traffic.
The identity and the make of the sedan being operated by the second driver was not immediately available.The incident is under investigation by police.
Police identified Perry, the Aerosmith guitarist, as the victim in the crash.
You can order the full album on Joe’s website here.
You may have noticed that we haven’t been too quick to jump on any of the news items about Aerosmith auditioning for new singers. Probably because we’re biased and find it really hard to even say the name Aeorsmith without thinking of Steven Tyler.
There’s been speculation that after Tyler’s drug rehab he’ll need a couple of surgeries that will put him out of the game for about a year and a half. Is the world really going to forget Aerosmith if they hang it up for a year or two? Is it fair for the band to have to wait that long to move on? Is two years really that big of a stretch for a band that’s been rocking out for over forty years? All good questions but I think it’s safe to say that if Aerosmith were to lay low for a few years, no one would forget about them. Besides, who doesn’t love a good comeback story?
If one were to dig back into the archives of epic rock bands that decided to move forward without the lead singer that helped put them on the map, what would one see? The formidable argument of Dave vs. Sammy still seems to arouse the passion in rock enthusiasts but are there really a lot of dynamic frontmen out there looking for gigs that would be able to fill the bedazzled shoes of one said Steven Tyler? We’re finding it hard to even think of one. Maybe there’s an unknown, untapped natural talent out there singing in a Aerosmith cover band who’s been dreaming of this moment all of his life? Maybe we’ll find him on YouTube singing Dream On in his native tongue? We doubt it.
Let us be very clear. We love Joe Perry. We love his solo projects. We’ve always supported him in all of his ventures. Speaking of those ventures – shouldn’t that be enough to keep him busy for the next year or two while the band waits for Tyler? Don’t you have hot sauces to oversee? Rockband games to play? Guitar Hero songs to track? Do the Toxic twins ever even talk anymore? What’s with this communication breakdown? Rather than reading little post show quotes about replacing Tyler or watching YouTube clips of Tyler showing up uninvited to Joe Perry’s solo gigs, what I’d really like is to throw these two in a room and force them to work out their differences with each other, rather than through press. If the conclusion is that you can no longer work together…then we’ll respect that. We won’t like it, but we’ll deal…
Until then.. if you want to find out where you can audition to be the next Aerosmith singer, you won’t find it here. We’ll be in the corner listening to Toys In The Attic…..
Share your thoughts with us on this topic! Should Aerosmith stick it out and wait for Tyler? Do they deserve to move on without him? Do you think there’s a place for Aerosmith in today’s music scene? Are you too young to even know who Aerosmith is? Do you think Aerosmith sold out years ago? Tell us……..
Aerosmith may be taking a break but Joe Perry is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s announced a few dates including a few local New England spots where fans can check him out live in a much more intimate venue.
Catch him at the following:
September 26 Fusion 5 – Foxboro, MA
September 27 Club Hell Live – Providence, RI
October 6, 2009 – Viper Room – West Hollywood, CA
November 21 – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – India CA
For more info and added dates visit Joe’s official site here.
In a recent tweet from the Guitar Hero himself, Joe Perry enlisted the help of fans to come up with a name for his next Joe Perry Project CD. Got an idea? Hit him up on Twitter. The winner will recieve a signed guitar. Contest ends 7/30/09.
On February 8th, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hit the stage of the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT as an extended member of the band TAB, the band created by his sons (Tony on guitar and Adrian on bass and vocals). Rounding out the band is Ben Tileston on drums. The band rocked the crowd into musical bliss with a mixture of TAB originals, Aerosmith tunes, songs from Joe Perry’s solo projects as well as a few covers.
A few weeks earlier, rock God Joe Perry took some time to fill me in on the show, introduce me to the band TAB, and the current state of all things Aerosmith.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | February 2008