AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY: 'I Don't Know If It's Worth Going In And Sweating Blood Over A New Record'

AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY: 'I Don't Know If It's Worth Going In And Sweating Blood Over A New Record'

In a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of Boston magazine, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was asked about his wavering stance in regards to new music and whether he thinks there will be another full-length album from the band anytime in the future.

"With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist replied.

"I myself have been working for the last three years pretty much flat out between working on the book and finishing a record, you know the AEROSMITH record, and working on some solo stuff.

"We've talked about some different options about possibly touring next year. We'll probably know more once we get off the road and everybody gets some time away and start to figure out what way we're really going to go.

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"If I really still feel like finishing another solo album — I mean, I really feel like it now. I've got five or six things ready to go. The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done, and Steven's [Tyler, vocals] talking about doing another one, which is great, because he has wanted to do it for a long time.

"I really don't know what the path is going to be or the one we'll follow. I know that we'll be on the road at some point again God willing and I'm not sure what we'll do as far as the studio goes. Who knows?

"When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause.

"Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.' That really put things in perspective.

"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear. It's an interesting position to be in.

"When you've got 21 songs [to play in a live show], basically, you're going to have to lose something and it could be something three quarters of the audience would want to hear as opposed to maybe 500. That definitely weighs heavy on the decision-making when we are putting the set together and when we think about going in and spending time making a record.

"When you're making an AEROSMITH record, it's by committee, and when you do a solo record, you don't have to answer to anybody. You can have it the way you want.

"We have plenty of songs to play live, but who knows, we may have a song that will make it on the radio and then people will want to hear it, and there you go."

AEROSMITH's latest album, "Music From Another Dimension!", was released on November 6, 2012, and debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.

Perry spoke frankly about the album's shortcomings, and blamed some of its problems in reaching a bigger audience on both music and film business politics, revealing to Classic Rock magazine, "There is some ass-kicking stuff on that record, but there's also some stuff that, frankly, I'd rather we had left off. There were two big setbacks beyond our control. The president of our record label left three weeks before our record was released, and it got tossed in the bin. We'd been told that the lead song, 'Legendary Child', was going to be in the 'G.I. Joe' movie, and Paramount would put literally millions of dollars into the record."

Perry remembered the moment the band knew that the floor had fallen out from under them. "We were in the limo on the way to the TV studio to play the song on 'American Idol' when we learnt the movie was delayed by six months," he said. "I still feel the album didn't get to have its day in the sun."


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