Aerosmith brings its Blue Army Tour to a big finish tonight (August 7).
The group will headline the first-ever Concert For Legends, part of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival on Friday in Canton, Ohio; the Hall's class of 2015 will be inducted on Saturday (August 8). Guitarist Joe Perry tells us that it will be a special night for the band:
"To do a gig like this, where there's an added, there's a first involved and we're gonna get to meet some guys that I've looked up to and admired over the years, that's a pretty amazing thing, and it's one of the benefits of being in a band this long. You get to meet some people that you might never get to meet. This is one of those occasions...Any time there's something like that, that raises it above. I consider every gig we play a special gig, because after doing this for 45 years you kinda go, 'Well, how many more gigs do we have in us?' So I give everything I got to every gig. And as they say in sports, sports lingo, they go, 'We're gonna go out and leave it all on the field,' and that's how I feel every night."
Hailing from Boston, of course, Perry and his bandmates are partisan to the 2015 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. So we had to ask the guitarist's thoughts about the "deflategate" scandal, in which the team was accused of using footballs that were not properly inflated, resulting in a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady:
"We'll just have to see, you know what I mean? I just heard stuff second-hand, and listen, Tom Brady isn't the best quarterback in the league for nothing. I don't think it's because...there might have been a deflated (football). Who knows? Maybe the bladder was punctured. Who knows? I mean, he's won too many games and done too many brilliant, pulled too many brilliant plays to have it be, that be part of it. That's all I can say about it."
Perry says Aerosmith plans to return to the road during early 2016 and again next summer. He's off to be part of the all-star Hollywood Vampires project, whose album comes out September 11, while Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will be working on his solo country album.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.