Joe Perry Assembles ‘All-Star’ Band

Joe Perry is taking the stage in support of his new solo album — and he’s rounded up a bunch of his famous friends.

As previously reported, Perry is prepping Sweetzerland Manifesto, his first non-holiday solo studio effort in nearly a decade. Due Jan. 19, the new album finds the Aerosmith co-founder working with an array of well-known collaborators that includes Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander, Terry Reid and David “Buster Poindexter” Johansen.

Perry was joined by Zander — as well as Extreme singer Gary Cherone and Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo — for his set at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. Dubbed “The Sound of Rock,” Perry’s performance spanned 17 songs, touching on covers and new material, as well as Aerosmith classics.

All four of those special guests will be on hand at Perry’s pre-release show for Sweetzerland Manifesto at the Roxy in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, along with Johansen and Reid. Billed as a “Joe Perry and Friends” performance, the sold-out date could be just the start of Perry’s concert calendar this year — as he told Best Classic Bands recently, he expects to be back on the road with Aerosmith later in 2018, launching the next leg of a tour he expects to last into 2020.
In the meantime, Perry has plenty of his own projects to keep him busy, including a new boom box he’s releasing in conjunction with Monster. Promising to “deliver the sound of classic rock the way it was intended,” the new “Monster Blaster Classic Rock Edition” actually comes with a classic rock setting — reportedly tuned by Perry himself — that “pumps up the bass” while still accentuating mid- and high-range frequencies in order to deliver “the full emotional impact of the music.”

Fans can expect to see the new unit in stores this summer, with the first 200 set to be personally autographed by the guitarist himself. “The Monster Blaster is the last boom box you will ever need,” enthuses Perry in a press release. “It’s an instant party that will Rock Your World!”

Aerosmith/David Bowie Contribute Songs to Spongebob Musical

Spongebob Squarepants premiered on Nickelodeon in 1999 and has been one of the most successful cartoons ever. Now, Spongebob and his friends are about to make a splash on Broadway.

The Spongebob Musical will open on Broadway, December 4th, at the Palace Theatre and will be composed of original music by some music’s biggest acts. David Bowie and Brian Eno have contributed “No Control,” before Bowie’s passing, while Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith wrote “Bikini Bottom Boogie”.

Other acts contributing to the musical are Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, Cyndi Lauper, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I.

Tickets will be going on sale to the general public on June 26th.

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry Welcome New Grandchildren on the Same Day

The duo of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have been called the Toxic Twins for years, but now you can call the Aerosmith pair the toxic-grandfathers too.

The longtime bandmates both welcomed grandchildren on the same day (05/11/17), according to Aerosmith‘s social media outlets. Tyler welcomed a grandson to his family and Perry commemorating the birth of a granddaughter.

“Congrats to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on the birth of their new grandchildren. Both born today!” begins the post. “How cool is that! The newest member of the Tyler family is a beautiful little boy, 7 lbs 11 oz born at 5:45 am. The newest member of the Perry family is a beautiful little girl, 6 lbs 9 oz born at 2:11 pm. Let’s give them a huge #BlueArmy welcome.”

The bundles of joy come just mere days before the duo embark on the Aerosmith “Aero-Vederci Baby!” tour.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Begins Filming

Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the biopic treatment.

Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash begins filming today and will tell the story of the band’s early years and rise to fame.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be brought to the big screen by, Taylor Clift as Ronnie Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Steve Gaines and Rich Dally III as Allen Collins, and Ian Shultis is playing Artimus Pyle. Pyle wrote the story that the script is based on.
Variety reports that actors Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo have been hired to play Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

If the title doesn’t give it away, a big part of the plot will reflect on the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, one of the group’s road managers, and both pilots.

For Pyle, who shared his version of the Skynyrd saga with the director and co-writer Jared Cohn, the accident still represents a heartbreaking loss of potential.
“We could play with any band — any band, whether it was the Rolling Stones, anyone, and we would hold our own or better. I think of that accident every day and what we might have accomplished if we’d have 10 more years,” said Pyle. “I want the movie to portray my band members the way they were: real, funny people who loved the music, loved the success that allowed us to be able to travel the world and play for kings and queens all over this planet.”

Aerosmith Postpone Their American Tour to Work on New Album

Aerosmith have postponed the American Leg of their upcoming tour to work on a new album.

The band has spent months talking about what could be their final tour, the Aero-Vederci Baby! tour. However, the plans to bring the tour this fall to North America has been shelved. According to Joe Perry, that’s two release more material, before hitting the road to tour until it’s over.

“We postponed the American tour we were supposed to do this fall,” he told AZ Central. “And we’re gonna go out and tour until we’re done. And we’re gonna try and hit every place we’ve ever played and never played. There’s always new places to go. New countries. I’d like to play China and the Far East. There’s a lot of places that are off the beaten path. Is this the last tour? Well, I don’t know. I don’t think so.”

Aerosmith will still play their oversea dates that start in May and keep them busy until July.

Perry said “one of the reasons we postponed [the American] tour” was to “give ourselves some time to get something done. We definitely have another record in us, if not two. But we’ll see how that goes.”

Though stating that the upcoming tour will be extensive, he couldn’t comment about it being their final tour. When asked by AZ Central if this will be a farewell tour, he said, “Not officially, no.”

“Try and picture your last meal,” he explained. “You’re only gonna eat so many times in your life. You’re gonna sit down at the table 258 million times. There’s a finite number of times you’re gonna do anything in your life. To picture a final Aerosmith gig, it’s like … I can’t do it. There’s too much of that ‘rock until you drop’ ingrained into this band. But like I said, we’re at the end, so who knows how long it’s gonna go?”


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