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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Opens Up About Challenges Of Relearning Solo Material

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In an interview with Boston radio station WBUR, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry opened up about the challenges of relearning his solo material.

The guitarist, who has revived The Joe Perry Project this year following Aerosmith postponing their dates, told WBUR, "We've been gearing up. I have seven solo albums and a lot have never really got worked [live]. The last one, for instance, we did one show at the Roxy in L.A. and the next day we went back in the studio to start working on the new [Hollywood] Vampires record, so I never really had a chance to promote the solo stuff the way I would have liked."

Perry admitted that relearning his solo material wasn't the easiest thing in the book, saying, "When somebody tells you 'By the way, you have to play X minutes of songs you've never played live before' but are so close to your heart it's like, 'OK, twist my arm.'"

"I should know these, but it's like learning somebody else's songs, as I've never played these riffs before live," he added. "I have to go back and get my head back in the space for when I wrote those riffs."

The Joe Perry Project will play a trio of U.S. dates later this month, with Extreme's Gary Cherone handling vocal duties.

(Photo: Raphael Pour-Hashemi)

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