Aerosmith’s Joe Perry promises a different slant on the group’s career than the group’s 2003 joint bio, Walk This Way: The Autobiography Of Aerosmith. Perry's book, Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, was co-written with David Ritz and will be published on October 7th. The book follows other band memoirs -- drummer Joey Kramer's 2009 memoir Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top and frontman Steven Tyler's 2011 book, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?
We caught up with Perry, who along with Aerosmith is currently out on a summer run with special guest Slash opening for the group. He told us that fans might already know some of the stories covered in the memoir from the official band account: "Without a doubt, I think that some stories may come pretty close. In fact, that was a premise of the Walk This Way book was talking about some of the more legendary Aerosmith stories, and everybody kind of gave their version of what happened. Sometimes you’re on the periphery of some incidents, sometimes you’re in the middle of it, sometimes you’re not even there. And I know that there are a couple of those kind of things -- especially in the ‘70s, that part of the book, maybe they’ll be a little bit of overlap.”
- Aerosmith and Slash tour dates (subject to change):
August 2 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 8 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
August 13 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
August 16 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
August 19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
August 22 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
August 25 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 28 - Atlanta, GA - Phillips Arena
August 31 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
September 3 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
September 6 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
September 9 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Centre
September 12 - Sydney, NS - Open Hearth Park
- Out now is Aerosmith's latest concert DVD, Rock For The Rising Sun. The concert doc was filmed during the band's 2011 Japanese dates, which closely followed a massive earthquake, a monstrous tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant.
- The film's director, Casey Patrick Tebo, was able to zero in on Aerosmith's now 35-year relationship with its fans in Japan and chronicled how the band -- who was advised not to play the dates -- helped their fans heal from the triple tragedy.
- Aerosmith's last album, Music From Another Dimension, was released on November 6th, 2012, and debuted at Number Five 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 Number Two with sales of 240,000 copies.
CHECK IT OUT: Aerosmith on August 14th, 1994 performing “Sweet Emotion” live at Woodstock ’94:
Joe Perry On His Autobiography