Steve Morse of The Boston Globe has issued the following report:
Joe Perry is taking a visitor down to the Boneyard.
It's the basement studio in his home, where AEROSMITH recorded the albums "Just Push Play" and "Honkin' on Bobo". Perry and Steven Tyler also wrote a lot of the "Get a Grip" CD in these cozy confines, where candles and a poster of LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page add ambience.
But the CD that Perry pops into the sound system has nothing to do with AEROSMITH.
It's his own album, "Joe Perry" — his first solo effort in 20 years, since the days of the JOE PERRY PROJECT, back when he had left AEROSMITH before reuniting for the massive success that lay ahead.
AEROSMITH took this year off — and will regroup in September — but Perry retreated to the Boneyard and started rocking. The result is a record (coming out Tuesday, preceded by a Harpers Ferry show on Monday) that is going to surprise people. It's a slamming, guitar-screaming disc that is old-school without being the stuff of dinosaur rock.
Perry plays all the guitars and the bass, while teaming up with drummer/fellow South Shore friend Paul Caruso, who used to pound the skins for local club faves the Atlantics.
"I pretty much dismissed the whole solo thing because AEROSMITH can be a full-time job," says Perry. "But I had leftover riffs, so I decided to start filling in the blanks with some songs. . . . These were things that didn't make it onto AEROSMITH records, along with some stuff that I wrote in the last few months."
Perry clicks on the first song, "Shakin' My Cage", and suddenly the walls are shaking.
"Is this loud enough for you?" he says with a smile.
Other booty-shaking songs follow. The tune "Hold on Me" rocks like ZZ TOP's "Legs", while "Pray for Me" has a Middle Eastern ZEPPELIN feel, and another sounds like a whomping pairing of CANNED HEAT and THE CRAMPS.
"It's not a bunch of ballads," Perry says. ''It's not that I'm just mellowing out and don't want to play loud because I don't want to hurt my ears. I love playing with this kind of energy and this kind of fire."
Read the rest of the article at The Boston Globe.