Joe Perry, guitarist, disclosed the different challenges of relearning his solo stuff as he is preparing for shows with Joe Perry Project.
“We’ve been gearing up,” Perry pointed out to Boston radio station WBUR. “I have seven solo albums and a lot have never really got worked [live]. The last one, for instance, we did one show at Roxy in L.A. and the next day we went back in the studio to start working on the new [Hollywood] Vampires record, so I never really had a chance to promote the solo stuff the way I would have liked.”
With that, there are multiple songs from Perry’s solo work that have never been played live.
“When somebody tells you ‘By the way, you have to play X minutes of songs you’ve never played live before’ but are so close to your heart it’s like, ‘OK, twist my arm,” Perry stated. “I should know these, but it’s like learning somebody else’s songs, as I’ve never played these riffs before live. I have to go back and get my head back in the space for when I wrote those riffs.”
The first run of Joe Perry Project lasted from 79′ to 84’. The rocker bought the group back in a brief moment in 2009-10 and brought it up again this year after Aerosmith postponed dates while Steven Tyler went to rehab. The project will play of U.S. dates later this month as a trio, with Extreme’s Gary Cherone handling vocal duties.
“He’s just great. He’ll take anything on and he kills it,” Perry said talking about the singer during a conversation with UCR. “One of the things I like to do is maybe pull out a couple of Aerosmith songs that we never play. Gary always has a couple of requests for songs that he likes to sing, the Aerosmith stuff that he likes. We all put our heads together and put a set together.”