Joe Perry predicts new law protecting celebrities from paparazzi will spread: "It's going to snowball I bet because it's not just a problem in Hawaii. It's here. It's there. It's everywhere"
Celebrities who frequent Hawaii can vacation with less hassle now, thanks to the passing of a bill proposed by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. The law, known as the "Steven Tyler Act," was officially approved by the Hawaii state Senate on Tuesday. The measure protects celebrities from paparazzi -- giving stars the right to sue over unwanted photos and recordings taken of them on the islands.
The Aerosmith frontman told Billboard that upon hearing the news of the bill passing, he cracked open a bottle of nonalcoholic champagne and celebrated. "L.A.'s got a really good law" on the books already, he stated, adding that it was time for Hawaii to follow suit.
"[In Hawaii], they are allowed in with their lenses and they get the most intimate of shots, which is what they are really looking for to make money. Not on my watch!" Tyler exclaimed. "It's really about privacy at its upmost -- when you're inside and the doors are closed…" Tyler told Billboard that his ocean-side beach home doesn't "even have windows," which makes him even more vulnerable. He also mentioned that aside from hounding him, the Hawaii paparazzi go after his kids.
"They chase my kids and get in the way of traffic," he said. "We almost got in an accident and so before it happens, you want to do something about it. They're just looking for a taste of blood. They're not gonna get it."
Tyler brought the bill to Senator Kalani English after intrusive images were published of him and his family during their stay in his Maui home last December.
Perry, who was with Tyler in L.A. to perform at the John Varvatos annual Stuart House benefit on Sunday, praised his bandmate for the legal achievement -- telling Billboard that he's excited for the passing of the law. "The great thing is now that it's passed, people can bring it to the courts in other states. It's going to snowball I bet because it's not just a problem in Hawaii. It's here. It's there. It's everywhere."
Tyler playfully added, "Now at least Joe and I can go to Maui and walk around naked in the back lawn and write some crazy songs."
The former "Toxic Twins" also touched on the possibility of new Aerosmith material in the works, noting that they are "always writing songs."
Tyler, who recently recorded his second solo track with songwriter/producer, Marti Frederiksen, says that he's been dreaming of putting out a solo album.
"I'm dying to do it!" he explained, motioning to Perry and adding, "He's done enough of them."
Perry, on the other hand, said that he is in the middle of writing his own autobiography, adding that he and Tyler have swapped advice about solo material and book writing. "That's one of the benefits of having a gang of brothers that have been through so much together," explained Perry.
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