Joe Perry Releases Christmas EP, Featuring Johnny Depp
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:28:51
Happy holidays, courtesy of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who has released a four-song Christmas EP, titled Joe Perry's Merry Christmas via Unison Music Group. It features a guest spot from actor Johnny Depp, too! Nice.
It's Perry's first-ever collection of holiday songs and it 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 iTunes or here.
"I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with Aerosmith for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one," said Perry. "When my ROCKS book tour ended, the timing was right--we were in L.A. 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."
As for the tracks? Perry said, "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 Presley 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."
As for the rocker's family and holiday traditions? "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 watching Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story with our family later in the day."
Xmas at the Perry crib sounds awesome! We love the Chevy Chas movie too! Shitter's full!
What is your fave Christmas song?