Van Halen finally returned to the stage over the weekend (April 20) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia and look who showed up for the festivities – Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Okay, in all fairness, Aerosmith was on the bill as well, but it still made for some great photo ops behind the scenes.
Joe Perry of Aerosmith is and has been cool for at least four decades. He wouldn't trade his musical talent, life experiences, health reports, wardrobe or bank accounts with the entire staff of Ultimate Classic Rock. We're perfectly clear on all of that, and still we need to say this: Joe Perry's new mustache is kind of a head-scratcher.
Growing up in the early '60s, one would think the Beatles were a heavy influence on Aerosmith's Joe Perry, and maybe later the Rolling Stones. While those bands may have paved a road for his group to follow, it was a local 14-year-old named Steve Rose that first inspired Perry to play rock and roll.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are still fielding questions about the rift once caused by Tyler's decision to be an 'American Idol' judge, and for the record, Perry says his public anger over the situation was not based out of jealousy, but rather the consideration shown by Tyler at the time.
You might think of Aerosmith as the ultimate rock and roll bad boys, but when it comes to politics, at least one of the legendary Boston-based rockers is a bit more conservative. In a new interview, guitarist Joe Perry expresses his frustration with the current political climate, describing his beliefs as a throwback to an earlier Republican doctrine.
Aerosmith is blessed with two gifted guitarists, but there's no question it's Joe Perry, and not Brad Whitford, who gets the lion's share of the attention. During his weekend appearance on 'That Metal Show,' Whitford insisted that the disparity didn't bother him. Well, O.K., maybe one time....