Perry Throws Support Behind Sierra Leone Refugees

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is sponsoring a performance tomorrow (June 30) by the Refugee All Stars Of Sierra Leone in Woodstock, Vt., where he owns a farm.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is sponsoring a performance tomorrow (June 30) by the Refugee All Stars Of Sierra Leone in Woodstock, Vt., where he owns a farm. The musicians were the subject of the 2005 documentary "Refugee All Stars," which chronicled their formation in an African refugee camp and subsequent rise to international acclaim.

Perry and his wife were so inspired by the film that they jumped at the chance to expand the All Stars' summer North American tour itinerary. "As it turns out, they had some dates available to play up in this area," Perry tells Billboard.com. "The producers were asking around to see if they could get some funding, and asked my wife and I for a contribution. We just said, 'Give us the bill. We'll take care of it.' We want to help, if even in a small way."

"I was just so overwhelmed by the movie and the message of hope they're carrying," he continues. "The music is so buoyant and joyful."

The All Stars will be on tour in North America through late July and will also perform July 29-30 at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival.