Aerosmith’s Joe Perry is looking forward to playing the Salmon Fest in Grand Falls - Windsor next month. — Submitted photo
Joe Perry, founding member and lead guitar player of the band Aerosmith, had to postpone his first interview with The Advertiser — but he had good reason.
Perry was appearing on the popular television show American Idol with Aerosmith to perform their first new single in six years.
The song, “Legendary Child,” will be featured on their upcoming album “Music From Another Dimension,” which is slated to be released later this summer.
“There are parts of that song that have existed for 20 years that just never got used for one reason or another,” Perry told The Advertiser when he was able to do the interview. “That happens with every record, there are songs that come to light and songs that just sit on the back burner.”
Perry said the song was originally conceived through talking with representatives from Paramount Pictures about the upcoming “G.I. Joe” sequel.
“They showed us a few clips and (asked us) if we’d like to have a piece of music in it,” said Perry. “To make a long story short, we finished it up and played it for them, and they thought it would work great in the movie.”
Perry will play in Grand Falls-Windsor with the rest of Aerosmith next month when they headline the 2012 Freshwater Suzuki Salmon Festival.
Even though Aerosmith will be touring to promote their new album, Perry said they focus on giving fans the best possible experience, which means a mix of old classics and new songs.
“We’ve certainly played ‘Walk this Way’ enough times to know it pretty well,” Perry joked. “But you have to realize there are some fans that have never heard us play it live that are going to be at that show, so we always look at it like that … this may be the only time (the fan) is going to see the band, so we want to give them the best show we can.
“We’re going to try to put the new songs in there without letting go of too many of the old ones.”
Regardless of the fact Aerosmith started making a name for itself in the ’70s and ’80s, Perry said it always surprises him how the band manages to draw in new waves of young fans even today.
He said while part of that can be attributed to hearing older siblings or family members listening to their songs and passing them down, he suspects other reasons as well.
“Certainly with the videos in the ’80s and ’90s and appearing on TV doing different things,” said Perry. “And doing Guitar Hero was almost like releasing a new record in being exposed to a whole batch of new kids. Then of course, with American Idol and (Aerosmith lead singer) Stephen (Tyler,) that show has traditionally had a young viewing audience.”
As a member of one of the biggest rock bands in North America for the last two decades, playing large venues in big cities for tens of thousands of fans is just another day at work. So how does Perry feel about coming to a small town like Grand Falls-Windsor to play?
“When we play some of these outdoor venues (in Europe and the United States,) you’re miles and miles away from the big cities,” he said.
Perry said he finds it hard to imagine anywhere in North American his band hasn’t played, but he knows the Salmon Festival is one of those venues.
“It just sounds like a great festival. Everyone is gong to be there to have a good time. Sometimes those are the best shows,” he said.
Perry said one of the reasons he’s looking forward to this summer’s tour is getting to share the stage with Cheap Trick, who will open for Aerosmith at Salmon Fest.
“Ever since we heard their first record we’ve been really big fans of theirs, and it’s really great we’re able to do this tour with them,” he said.
Perry said the members of Aerosmith have been friends with Cheap Trick since the ’70s.
“They happen to be one of the other bands that has stayed together through thick and thin, and stayed true to their roots. They’re great guys and great musicians.”