Joe Perry of Aerosmith will will guest on a new episode of the Discovery Channel reality series ‘Sons of Guns’ tonight (Apr. 4) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show focuses on Red Jacket Firearms LLC, a business that sells and builds custom-made firearms and other weapons in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Tonight’s episode, ‘World’s Largest Machine Gun,’ will feature the Red Jacket staff trying to get a 70-year-old 40-millimeter Bofors cannon and an 1855 Volcanic Pistol in working order.
In a post on his Twitter account, Perry seems to suggest that he may also make future appearances on the program, writing, “Don’t miss an episode, you may miss something else.”
Rolling Stone recently talked to Joe about the band’s first album in eight years, which is almost complete and scheduled for release this summer.
RS: Was it tough rebuilding the bridges to get everyone back in the same place?
JP: No, because the music does that. After a band’s been together as long as we have, everybody just gets into their own rhythms. You can’t force shit. People do what they’re going to do outside of the band, whether it’s Steven (Tyler) wanting to put his name on motorcycles or doing American Idol, or Joey (Kramer) writing a book or me putting out a solo record. But the five of us always have this band, and we’re constantly amazed that it’s still happening.
RS: You worked with producer Jack Douglas through the Seventies and then again on your last album, Honkin’ on Bobo, in 2004.
JP: Honkin’ on Bobo was supposed to be this record. As it turned out, the energy around the band wasn’t right, but we needed to put something out. We did it in a room not much bigger than this, everybody set up and playing live. And that was what we carried into this record: live, in-the-room excitement.
I don’t spend much time listening to the records when they’re done. Usually I let go of it. Especially in the Eighties and Nineties – they were like product, almost. (There were) so many people involved, I felt like you lose ownership of the record. But I remember listening back to the tracks in the Seventies a lot, just for the fun of it. And this record, for some reason, I found myself doing that.
RS: Are there any songs left over from Honkin’ on Bobo?
JP: Well, there are riffs. It’s funny, because some riffs have popped up in different songs that we’ve tried over the years. One riff on this record has to be at least 20 years old. It’s been percolating, waiting for its time. It may end up turning up in a couple of songs on this record, in a mini-opera kind of way.
RS: On recent Aerosmith tours, you’ve had lots of band injuries. Are you snake-bit?
JP: Hey, man, if you snow-ski, you’re going to fall down once in a while. The longer you ski, the more your chances are of falling down. There were years where we never had cancellations. I guess we’re just saving it up for the end.