Joe Perry — legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of AEROSMITH — is set for an in-store album signing at Newbury Comics in his Boston, Massachusetts hometown. The signing — in celebration of his just-released solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto” — will start at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25.
Rolling Stone‘s Steve Appleford captured Perry‘s two-hour, sold-out album release show last week (January 16) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles that concluded with a climatic finish at the crescendo of “Train Kept A-Rollin'” as Joe smashed his guitar. “It was a ferocious finish to a two-hour performance of hard rock and muscular blues…” noted Appleford.
“I didn’t know what else to do,” Perry told Rolling Stone in an interview the following day. “All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces… It was not anything I planned. It was just that the energy was overwhelming.”
Joe was backed by guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals; AEROSMITH) and David Goodstein (drums) who performed the entire set that also featured guest appearances by Slash and Johnny Depp. Gary Cherone (EXTREME, VAN HALEN) handled vocals for the bulk of the show, with other guest vocalists also lighting up the Roxy: Terry Reid, David Johanson, Robin Zander and Chris Robinson.
Released on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), “Sweetzerland Manifesto” — which is available now via iTunes and Amazon — marks Joe‘s sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with Joe on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Joe’s friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons. Highlights include “Aye, Aye, Aye”, which Joe co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander, and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings “I Wanna Roll”, “Haberdasher Blues” and “I’m Going Crazy”, plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid, whose lead vocals light up “I’ll Do Happiness” (with Zak Starkey on drums), “Sick & Tired” and “Won’t Let Me Go”.