Premier Guitar features affiliate links to help support our content. We may earn a commission on any affiliated purchases.

Joe Perry Announces New Album and Shares First Single

Joe Perry Announces New Album and Shares First Single

Photo by Zack Whitford

Listen to the new single "Fortunate One" featuring Chris Robinson of Black Crowes. Sweetzerland Manifesto MKII is out May 26.


The co-founding member, principal songwriter, and co-producer of Aerosmith and Hollywood Vampires, as well as one of the most sought-after guitarists of all time, Joe Perry is also excited to share news of the May 26 release of his new album Sweetzerland Manifesto MKII via Roman Records. Listen to "Fortunate One"

The album will be made available via all DSPs as well as on vinyl which was not the case when he dropped Sweetzerland Manifesto in 2018. The new LP includes six new tracks and alternate vocal appearances and mixes from the earlier version. “We had so many songs and with everything going on with The Vampires, Aerosmith, COVID, not touring, and touring, this music kept riding along for me,” Joe notes. “It was like the engine of a train that wasn’t going to stop. I’d wanted to put these songs out, and the idea of adding them to a vinyl release or Deluxe Version turned into doing MKII. I tend to think in terms of albums. The first one had a vibe, and MKII is a little more rocked out. I almost prefer it. It’s one of those records I can play from front-to-back live.“

Sweetzerland Manifesto MKII serves as the companion and spiritual successor to the original Sweetzerland Manifesto. Joe wrote and recorded the bulk of the material for both versions at the Los Angeles home of fellow “Vampire” Johnny Depp back in 2017. During a few months at “Sweetzerland,” he experienced a groundswell of creativity and welcomed various collaborators into the fold, including vocals courtesy of David Johansen (New York Dolls, Buster Poindexter), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), and Terry Reid. Johnny served as Executive Producer, while Aerosmith’s go-to producer Jack Douglas, Bruce Witkin, and Joe’s sons Tony and Roman also contributed to production.

Track List

SIDE A

  1. Fortunate One - Features Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)
  2. Quake - Features Gary Cherone (Extreme/Van Halen)
  3. I’ll Do Happiness - Features Terry Reid
  4. Aye Aye Aye - Featuring Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
  5. Man with a Golden Arm - Instrumental
  6. Time Will Tell

SIDE B

  1. I I Wanna Roll - Featuring David Johanson (NY Dolls)
  2. Suck It Up - Featuring Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)
  3. Goes His Own Way - Featuring Terry Reid
  4. Won’t Let Me Go - Featuring Terry Reid

The Joe Perry Project Tour Dates

4/15/23 - Foxwoods Resort Casino - Mashantucket, CT
4/16/23 - Citizens House of Blues - Boston, MA
4/18/23 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
4/20/23 - Des Plaines Theatre - Des Plaines, IL
4/21/23 - Arcada Theatre - St. Charles, IL
4/22/23 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI

The trio bandleader and Jason Mraz backer breaks down her journey through guitar academia, how to play with other musicians, and whether theory still matters.

Read MoreShow less

Amazon Prime Day is here (July 16-17). Whether you're a veteran player or just picking up your first guitar, these are some bargains you don't want to miss. Check out more deals here! https://amzn.to/3LskPRV

Read MoreShow less

A technicolor swirl of distortion, drive, boost, and ferocious fuzz.

Summons a wealth of engaging, and often unique, boost, drive, distortion, and fuzz tones that deviate from common templates. Interactive controls.

Finding just-right tones, while rewarding, might demand patience from less assured and experienced drive-pedal users. Tone control could be more nuanced.

$199

Danelectro Nichols 1966
danelectro.com

4.5
4
4
4.5

The Danelectro Nichols 1966, in spite of its simplicity, feels and sounds like a stompbox people will use in about a million different ways. Its creator, Steve Ridinger, who built the first version as an industrious Angeleno teen in 1966, modestly calls the China-made Nichols 1966 a cross between a fuzz and a distortion. And, at many settings, it is most certainly that.

Read MoreShow less

The author standing next to a Richardson gunstock lathe purchased from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory. It was used to make six necks at a time at Gibson in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keep your head down and put in the work if you want to succeed in the gear-building business.

The accelerated commodification of musical instruments during the late 20th century conjures up visions of massive factories churning out violins, pianos, and, of course, fretted instruments. Even the venerable builders of the so-called “golden age” were not exactly the boutique luthier shops of our imagination.

Read MoreShow less