Joe Perry: Aerosmith Are Back On Track
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has exclusively revealed to Classic Rock that the group’s reconnection with Steven Tyler has renewed a hunger to succeed. Only months ago the Bostonians were being linked to a variety of singers, including Paul Rodgers, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Idol, in order to allow the band to continue touring.
Words: Dave Ling
“We had no idea what was going on or what we could do,” admits Perry, “but all it took to get things back on track was a simple conversation between Steven and I. We are rehearsing for the European tour [which includes a date headlining the Download Festival on June 13] and the atmosphere in the room is just incredible. Everyone in the band is at the top of their game, including Steven whose singing is awesome. He also looks great.”
Perry claims that Aerosmith’s inner vibe is so strong that it could be 1971 all over again, despite this year being the quartet’s 40th anniversary. “The past few months have felt like an eternity and with all that’s gone on we know we have lot to prove to people,” he volunteers. “In that sense we feel like a baby band all over again.”
With no new album to promote – a studio record has twice been started and then abandoned – Aerosmith will stick to their old favourites at Download. “We don’t play in Europe so often but we know the fans there will want to hear songs other than the ones we play all the time in the States. That’s something we’re planning right now.”
The guitarist hopes that this sense of synchronicity will be reflected when Aerosmith return to the studio for their first album of original material since 2001′s Just Push Play.
“If you want to make God laugh then tell him your plans – he’s certainly laughed enough at Aerosmith,” Perry chortles. “We owe it to ourselves first and foremost to make a great record, and we owe it to the fans too. We could tour for the rest of our career without bothering to try and release new music. Now that we’re all on the same page, and without the medical issues that held us up, we’ll give ourselves plenty of time and do things the way we used to, which is how our best work was done.”
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