Make it a Joe Perry Merry Christmas and pick up his new holiday EP

Posted: December 4, 2014 in music, Music News, New Music, New Release
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Tis the season to be jolly, and all that other merry stuff! What I enjoy about the holidays is getting to finally play my holiday music. I have a vast collection of Holiday music dating back to the classics, the remakes, punk rock/pop/ metal  Christmas collections and much more! Now I have one more to add to my collection and this one is from one of my favorite artists, Joe Perry.

His new four song EP, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas features a collection of holiday songs features four Christmas classics: White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Run Run Rudolph” with Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar. The EP is available now at Unison’s website or on iTunes. Joe comments about the album, “I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with Aerosmith for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one. When my ROCKS book tour ended, the timing was right–we were in LA with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together.  I was finally able to record some Christmas classics for the fans.”

Check out more about what Joe Perry says about the holidays:

JOE PERRY TALKS ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

With so many holiday songs out there, how did you choose these selections? And, why did you choose to record some as instrumentals and others as vocal tracks?

JP:  “The two instrumentals are among the 10 most popular Christmas songs. Almost everyone knows the lyrics to ‘Silent Night’ and ‘White Christmas,’ so we treated them as songs that people could sing along to, while staying close to the classic versions everyone knows. The two vocal songs, ‘Santa’s Back in Town’ and ‘Run Run Rudolph’ are rockers made famous by Elvis and Chuck Berry. They are probably less well known so you would have to hear the lyrics to know they are Christmas songs. They are two of my favorite holiday songs.”

What do the holidays mean to you?

JP:  “It’s a time for the family to get together and try to put the troubles of the world aside for a short while.”

Do you have any annual family holiday traditions?

JP:  “We always open a gift the night before Christmas.  Now that the kids are older, we wake up and have brunch in front of the fire while opening the traditional Christmas stockings–that were handmade by their grandmother–and have hung on the mantle for years.  We take our time opening gifts and do not rip through them, making the day last as long as possible. We usually eat appetizers Christmas Day because we normally have a big Christmas Eve dinner, although it varies from year to year. We usually end up watchingChevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story with our family later in the day.”

You’ve talked a lot about your upbringing in your new book ROCKS, do you have a favorite holiday memory?

JP:  “There was a time after Aerosmith got back together when we were doing almost yearly New Year’s Eve shows. One of my favorite ones was at the Orpheum right before the New Year rang in–we dragged living room furniture onto the stage and brought our wives out and celebrated with our fans.”

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So make sure to pick up the EP and create the perfect holiday soundtrack.

~ Marisol

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