Perry Preps First Solo Album In 21 Years
The long-awaited solo album from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will see the light of day in the spring.The long-awaited solo album from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will see the light of day in the spring. The self-titled set, due May 3 via Columbia, boasts 11 original songs (including two instrumentals) and covers of the Doors' "The Crystal Ship" and Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man."
Previewed months ago during a visit to "The Howard Stern Show," the set is the fourth album Perry has made outside of Aerosmith. In the early-1980s, he released three albums as the leader of the Joe Perry Project, two on Columbia and one through MCA.
Unlike those past outings, "Joe Perry" finds the guitarist handling lead vocals throughout the album. The Joe Perry Project boasted a different singer on each of its albums ("Cowboy" Mach Bell, Ralph Mormon and Charlie Farren).
Along with vocals, Perry is responsible for all of the guitars, bass and keyboards. He co-produced the set with Paul Caruso, who also contributed drums and engineered the release, which was recorded in Perry's basement home studio, the Boneyard. The only other player on the set is friend Chris Noise, who Perry describes as "an old-school analog synth guy... who plays the string part on one ballad, 'Ten Years.'" Noise is a teacher at the Boston's Berklee School of Music.
"Seems like these days that when people go off and do a solo record, it's more the norm to bring in a bunch of all-star friends," Perry says. "But I already have the amazing fortune to play with one of the best singers in the world and the hardest rocking band on the planet.
"But also, the way these songs developed from the demos, they already had the sound I was looking for. And it was a refreshing challenge to work this way," he adds.
The new album's opening cut, "Shakin' My Cage," will be the first track promoted to U.S. rock radio stations.
Here is the "Joe Perry" track list:
"Shakin' My Cage"
"Hold On Me"
"Pray For Me"
"Push Comes To Shove"
"Dying To Be Free"