Joe Perry is ‘recovering’ 

According to his bandmates, and friends within the rock world, Aerosmith and Hollywood Vampires guitarist Joe Perry is recovering after a health scare that took place Monday night in Brooklyn. 

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton took to Twitter to inform fans that Joe is “doing better” than feared.

While we don’t know the specifics of Joe‘s return yet, it appears he’s recovering nicely!

In the meantime, his current project (The Hollywood Vampires) announced they’d be soldiering on.

We’ll keep an eye for more updates! Glad to hear you’re getting better Joe!!


A ‘Farewell Tour’ for Aerosmith?

If you ask Steven Tyler, an Aerosmith “Farewell Tour” is imminent. He recently told Howard Stern, “I wanna squash any thought that anybody might have about the band [being] over. We’re doing a farewell tour, but that’s only because it’s time.”

premio-lo-nuestro-2016-photos-joe-perryPerhaps this was in response to Joe Perry‘s recent comments suggesting otherwise,

“A farewell tour is something we’ve talked about doing for years, let’s say roughly in the last five years.

It’s just something the band’s talked about at various times. At this point, the five of us have never sat down and said, ‘It’s time to do it.’ So ‘considering’ is an appropriate word for that statement. A farewell tour is definitely not confirmed.”

The key words in that statement might be “the five of us” – that’s probably exactly where the contradiction in thoughts on the tour stem from. It looks like we’ll have to wait for an official statement from the band before we believe anything…

Until then, we can count on Steven Tyler‘s country solo album (called We’re All Somebody From Somewhere) to come out on July 15th.

Guitarist Brad Whitford recently reunited with singer Derek St. Holmes for a new album which he’s working on, and bassist Tom Hamilton will is touring with the current Thin Lizzy lineup. Joe Perry is busy touring with The Hollywood Vampires.

Review: Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette

If you’re looking for a fusion of Rush (seriously, singer Aryn Jonathan Black sounds a little like Geddy Lee! He soars on vocals.) meets, Led Zeppelin, meets Aerosmith. You found it in the second release from Scorpion Child!

Since 2006, these Texans (“The Child” – for those who don’t know) have put out solid hard rock, and Acid Roulette is no exception to their (proven successful – at least, to my ears) formula. This is a party record (“She Sings, I Kill” and “My Woman In Black” especially), but it’s also a musicians’ record.

You can tell right away that Jon “The Charn” Rice and Alec Caballero Padron (drums and bass, respectively) work well together to create a solid, train-chugging-along rhythm section.

If you’re looking for slower jams, check out “Survives” and the title-track “Acid Roulette” – both are a little more psychedelic. Don’t forget to find a dark room and light some candles to “Séance” either! Yep, it’s what you think it is… cool, creepy vibes from that one.

You just don’t find these kind of vibes in rock that often anymore. It’s a breath of smoke-filled fresh air with a nod to the 70’s! It’s definitely worth a listen. Check out more details on the band and their sound here, and get Acid Roulette anywhere music is sold today!


Should “older bands” perform “new music” ?

If it’s up to Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister, the answer to that question is no. He doesn’t believe classic rock and metal acts from the 70’s and 80’s should invest time in new music. That includes: making new music, and touring it. He says,

“I mean, they can justify it all they want but no one cares. Let me tell you, you’re a bunch of stupid fools if you think that anyone gives a s–t. They don’t. They say they do but they don’t. Which is why most of these classic bands make a new album, go out on a tour, start out with five songs from the new record, after a few weeks there are two songs and then they just want to play that one new song and get it over with. Because no one knows it and no one gives a s–t about it, and they’re delusional to think they do.”

This is a long held debate in the rock community. While musicians themselves are divided on the subject, the fans are too – even more so. Some love seeing what their favorite band is “up to now,” and others are purely interested in older catalogues.

MegadethDystopia.pngIn recent years, we’ve seen examples of “older” bands finding new success with new
material, and, some flops. One of the most recent examples of “new material success” is Megadeth‘s Dystopia. Though they’re “older,” their brand new album was still selling a record 10,000 copies in the US, fourteen weeks after its release. Furthermore, the success was highlighted by Dystopia earning the number three spot on the Billboard 200 charts at its debut.

Aerosmith‘s Music From Another Dimension is another “new material from an older band” release that comes to mind. Though it debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 charts in 2012, it quickly slid. It sold just 63,000 copies in its first week, and less and less as time went on. aerosmith-music-from-another-dimension-1350682128.jpegBy Aerosmith standards, it was a bummer.

Perhaps the question we should be asking is, “who do we want new music from?” Sure, bands love playing new material to keep things exciting – but given my previous examples, there is an obvious divide in opinion on the subject when you look at it from a “band by band” basis. It just might be that Megadeth fans were “ready” for new stuff, and Aerosmith ones prefer older hits.

Regardless, we, the fans, shouldn’t limit bands to doing solely one or the other. We might be putting them in the “novelty act” file too soon.

It should be a band decision to create new material or not. Let’s be open to whatever they give us, then decide.