AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry was recently interviewed on "Elliot In The Morning", the morning radio talk show hosted by DJ Elliot Segal. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked if anything has surprised him about how fans have reacted to his autobiography, "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith", Perry said: "One of the things I really wanted to get across was, after the first layer of the obvious, the rock and roll part of what I do and what my career has been and this tenure in rock and roll, the next level down, we're dealing with the same kind of problems that a lot of people deal with, in whatever walk of life, whatever career they have, or whatever they do for a living. And they have to deal with the same things — with family and friends and ego and human nature… I mean, I've run into brothers that hadn't talked to each other for ten years and have no intention of talking to each other. When you're in a band, you don't have that option. If you really wanna keep that magic and be able to play on stage with somebody, and you don't see eye-to-eye all the time, you have to figure out a way to make it work."
He continued: "I know a lot has been made of [AEROSMITH singer] Steven [Tyler] and my relationship, probably because of the amount of songs we've written together, but everybody in the band has their ups and downs with each other. And we've figured out how to make it work. And I think that people have picked up on that, and I'm really happy to see that."
"Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" spent its initial two weeks on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book entered the chart at No. 8 and remained in the Top Ten (No. 10) in week two.
"Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" came out on October 7 via Simon & Schuster.
The guitarist worked on "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith" with author David Ritz, who has written books with B.B. King, Jerry Wexler and Bettye LaVette.
Perry, who participated in the writing of the 1997 AEROSMITH band biography "Walk This Way", told GMI Rock he wanted his book to be more than just a collection of his lurid rock 'n' roll stories.
"One thing I didn't want it to be was the usual sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll — band starts off, y'know, playing clubs, works hard, struggles, starves, somehow lucky enough to make it to a certain level and they continue and surviving through...the '70s and then completely falling apart and then coming back together and then having the kind of success," he said. "We've seen all that, the VH1 'Behind the Music' thing, a million times. We lived it...That's in there. I certainly talk about those things and how it impacted us, but I wanted it to be more about the reasons why and some of the dynamics that are common just to be human, to human nature, and how people deal with each other, especially when they're kind of working within the family of choice as opposed to blood relatives and how we managed to make it work and kind of go our separate ways as grown men and having families and how we want to raise our kids and all that, but still have this common bond."