Interview: Joe Perry Talks 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014' DVD
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:41:54
The new live DVD is a hit parade and captures the rockers doing what they do best.
Aerosmith's new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is a 20-song collection capturing the classic rockers delivering a career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in June 2014. It's out September 4 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
If you are a diehard Aerosmith fan, you just did a happy dance or maybe even peed your pants a little!
The DVD captures the rockers doing what they do best and that's take the stage and effectively kidnap the attention of every member of the audience, keeping them rapt from start to finish.
The stage is Aerosmith in their most natural habitat and this DVD documents their occupation of that space. We spoke to iconic guitarist Joe Perry about what makes this DVD so special.
But before we dive into our chat with Mr. Perry, check out the track listing, which is a hit parade.
1) Train Kept A-Rollin'
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
6) Livin' On the Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song and Dance
10) Janie's Got a Gun
11) Toys In the Attic
12) I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin
And now... our chat with a legend.
What is the most amazing memory about this Donington show?
Joe Perry, Aerosmith Well, we were not planning on doing it for a DVD thing. Anytime you do a one-off thing like this, you will plan it out and you record 10 shows and your chances of getting a performance that you can put together are better. This was more about recording us at Donington than it was about us doing a live DVD. It's a roll of the dice. It's a big deal doing it anyway.
You have to bring in extra cameras, extra lights, especially now with HD, more production, more crew. It turns into a bigger event on the technical side. But we played there enough times to feel comfortable in that venue, even in a festival setting like that. It felt comfortable. We didn't have too much to worry about from that point of view.
But things break. Amplifiers blow up. All that stuff can happen. You can record for a live part of a video and play a song twice or three times in the set to get everything right. But this was one of those nights that the fans knew we were filming and they were extra charged.
Being England, it was really a great show. We built up a real hardcore fanbase there and it's great to feel at home in a foreign country like that. It's still a great thing and great feeling. It was a good show. We put it all out there. There were no real screw ups and it came out well.
It was one take!
Yes, but it was worth it.
Watch the music video for "Mama Kin" from Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014: