The Oklahoman’s Gene Triplett recently talked to Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry about a variety of topics, including the rocker’s knee replacement, the effect of video games on the band’s popularity and new music.
Perry, who turns 59 on Sept. 10, had to have an artificial knee put in last year in order to keep on playing and touring with Aerosmith. Along with his knee replacement, a series of injuries and illnesses suffered by his bandmates have delayed the recording of their new studio album to fall.
But Perry, who is one of my personal guitar heroes, told Gene that the band is continuing to reach fans, including a whole new generation of music lovers, with “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.”
“Actually, we’ve sold three times as many games as we did on the last couple of Aerosmith records,” he told Gene. “There are a lot of songs on the game that are studio cuts that don’t get played on the radio, so it’s almost like havin’ a new record out there.”
Perry also has recorded a solo album with his on-the-side band, The Joe Perry Project; that record is due out in September.