Project puts gui­tarist out front

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Music - By Mark Jor­dan

Spe­cial to The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal

For four decades now, Joe Perry has been iden­ti­fied as the lead gui­tarist for the best-sell­ing, Grammy-winning hard rock quin­tet Aero­smith. But when the 59-year-old gui­tar slinger hits the stage of the Gold Strike Casino’s Mil­len­nium The­ater on Satur­day night, he’ll have four dif­fer­ent guys be­hind him.

“It’s nice to step away for a sec­ond and do the part of what I do best without me hav­ing to an­swer to any­body,” the gui­tar slinger says of his moon­light­ing gig in the Joe Perry Project. “Part of what Aero­smith is is five guys work­ing to­gether. No mat­ter what de­ci­sion has to be made, it’s go­ing to get run by four other guys. … In the Project it all comes down to me. If it’s good, I get the credit. If it sucks, I get the whip­ping.”

The Project dates back to 1979, when Perry formed the band fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from Aero­smith. The group went through sev­eral per­son­nel changes and recorded three mod­estly re­ceived al­bums be­fore Perry re­joined Aero­smith in 1984.

The Project lay dor­mant for 25 years while Aero­smith ce­mented their sta­tus as global mu­sic su­per­stars. But then last year, Perry, who con­fesses he’s “con­stantly in the stu­dio writ­ing,” re­leased his

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