By Jim Johnson

Joe Perry spoke candidly about his legendary and often bumpy relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. While publicizing his upcoming memoir, Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith, which is due out on October 7th, Perry talked about how he approaches his partnership with Tyler after all these years, telling, “There are families out there who don’t talk to each other for 10 years. There are brothers out there that don’t talk to each other because they’re no use to each other or for whatever reason. I mean if we operated like that there would be no band and we wouldn’t be able to make the music we make and perform the way we perform and that to me is the goal.”

He went on to explain that watching the band come undone served as a template how to carry on in the future: “We achieved it once and let the thing fall apart and rebuilt it again on what I thought was firmer ground but people don’t change much over the years. I guess that’s part of the lesson.”

  • Steven Tyler told us a while ago, that when you’re in a band — or any close relationship — as he’s been with Joe Perry, creativity tends to trump the trouble: “Y’know, sometimes differences do get in the way, but when we start playing together, it just is the truth of why we were both born and put on this planet. There’s a lot of things that I hate Joe for saying and he hates me for saying, and things we’ve done back and forth, but this band is a band and married forever. So we may have our differences, but the marriage still holds, especially when there’s a stage for us to get up on and rock out on.”
  • Aerosmith and Slash tour dates (subject to change):
    September 6 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
    September 9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Centre
    September 12 – Sydney, NS – Open Hearth Park


  • Joe Perry promises a different slant on the group’s career than Aerosmith‘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?

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