"I do like being on the road," says Joe Perry, Aerosmith's legendary lead guitarist, and he isn't letting the band's accident-plagued and ultimately cancelled summer tour slow him down. As he told Billboard.com doing a recent interview as he preps the release of his fifth solo album, "Have Guitar, Will Travel," he bought a tour bus and is taking his other band out on their own tour this fall. "Most places that have electric power can probably expect a call from me," he says.
"Have Guitar, Will Travel" was recorded in Perry's home studio, The Boneyard, with both longtime musical collaborators and showcases the voice of a young German singer known as Hagen. "My wife found him on You Tube, we sent him a ticket and he mixed in really well," Perry explains. "He sings incredible." From the hard rock power ballad "Do You Wonder" to sleek sheen of "We've Still Got A Long Way To Go" to "Somebody's Gonna Get (Their Head Kicked In Tonite)", a rockabilly tribute to Perry's own hero Gene Vincent, the album highlights the many facets of Perry's incredible guitar vocabulary.
As for Aerosmith, Perry is circumspect. "The thing that bothers me the most is how it affects the fans," he says. "The only reason you're there is because of the fans. You owe them a lot, and when you start taking them for granted it's just wrong. I think that a lot of what happened with Aerosmith over the last two or three years has been a case of that. And I'm not talking about everybody in the band. I think at this point the four band members are willing to not play for a while until the fifth member gets together and decides to come and join us again."