Saturday, September 12, 2009

Joe Perry: What The Beatles mean to me

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Joe Perry: What The Beatles mean to me


"I was already into rock 'n' roll and pop music before The Beatles hit America. I remember being a little kid and seeing this guy Elvis Presley on TV - the girls would scream when he came on. That kind of stuck with me.

"The stuff I was into were things like Roy Orbison and the Phil Spector hits. I was definitely a music loving kid. From my earliest days, whenever I heard music, I felt happy and forgot all my problems.

"In fact, I even started playing guitar at a young age. My parents bought me a Silvertone acoustic guitar that cost $12.95 and it came with a little 45 single that said, 'Hold the plectrum with the right hand and the neck with the left.' I'm naturally left-handed, but since that's how the record said to play guitar, that's how I did it - it never occurred to me to change.

"The night The Beatles first played the Ed Sullivan Show, boy, that was something. Seeing them on TV was akin to a national holiday. Talk about an event. I never saw guys looking so cool. I had already heard some of their songs on the radio, but I wasn't prepared by how powerful and totally mesmerizing they were to watch. It changed me completely. I knew something was different in the world that night.

"Next day at school, The Beatles were all anybody could talk about. Us guys had to play it kind of cool, because the girls were so excited and were drawing little hearts on their notebooks - 'I love Paul,' that kind of thing. But I think there was an unspoken thing with the guys that we all dug The Beatles, too. We just couldn't come right out and say it.

"All of that changed when I went to see A Hard Day's Night. I wasn't into sports, I wasn't a great student, I didn't go out for school activities or anything - I was just kind of into my own little world. But seeing The Beatles on screen, running around and laughing, plus seeing them play all these incredible songs, I started to think, 'Hey, I wouldn't mind doing that.' It was like The Beatles were their own gang, and that seemed so cool to me."

"Quite soon after, I started getting into the Stones and other British groups, and the idea of playing the guitar seriously and being in a band really took hold. I followed all The Beatles records, of course.

"What's funny is, even though they were making so many breakthroughs sonically and changing the way music could be presented, I didn't process it that way at the time.

"Everything seemed to flow so naturally from them. You'd pick up Rubber Soul and it was fantastic. Then you'd get Revolver and it was amazing, too. You just came to expect it from them. I had no idea what hard work went into doing what they did.

"Guitar-wise, it's hard to say specifically what I got from them, other than their licks became part of my DNA like so many of the British bands I stated to follow, like The Yardbirds and Cream and Zeppelin. It all became this fantastic cocktail of guitar greatness that I was only too happy to drink in.

"Later on, probably around the late '60s, when they were getting ready to break up, that's when I started to appreciate what geniuses The Beatles were, how they set trends and broke every rule in the book. How they went from being this live group to mastering the recording studio and showing everybody that nothing was impossible, as long as you had the imagination and the guts to go for it.

"Plus, they had gone from singing these simple love tunes to writing songs about any topic you could think of. I think that's what really impressed me the most - they taught me that music could liberate you, teach you, take you somewhere else, expand your consciousness, all of that.

"The Beatles taught us all so much. They taught us to be brave, to follow our dreams and aim high. That's a wonderful legacy to leave."


  • Dipetik dari laman web rasmi Aerosmith.
  • The Beatles memang pengaruh yang besar pada Aerosmith, mereka ada cover beberapa lagu Beatles seperti "I'm Down", "Helter Skelter" dan "Come Together". Juga sebuah lagu John Lennon "Give Peace a Chance".
  • Tu belum kira diorang nyanyi sikit-sikit dalam tour seperti lagu "Hey Jude" dan "Wait".
  • Trademark jeritan klimaks Steven Tyler yang bunyik "wa ta tau wa tak tau tak tau!" tu pun rasanya originated dari jeritan ad-lib Paul McCartney masa lagu "Hey Jude". Contoh terbaik cuba bandingkan masa klimaks lagu "Hey Jude" dengan Aerosmith "Amazing".
  • Klimaks Steven Tyler yang paling mengarut sampai orang tak paham apa boleh dengar kat lagu "Draw The Line" huhuhu. Kena tengok lirik baru faham.


SkiD said...

OOOoooo camtu ke?

abang besi said...

dia lefty.sama mcm gua.tapi main kanan.

matakucing said...

Revolver album paling aku suka kalau the beattles

Takilala said...

agak2 rock band the beatles kuar ps2 tak?

:: Cikgu Wiween :: said...

Mmg sah mengikuti Aerosmith portdy skang. hehe

Ween satu ari 18x ulang dgr lagu Last Kiss - Pearl Jam. Rasa nak nangis 8 baldi ah (@_@)

berteromber said...

dulu band2 britain memang bagus2..semua melakar sejarah muzik dunia..sekarang?..hampeh..

Portdy said...

macam tu lah bro...

satu lagi dia ni main freestyle.

nice taste cateye...
revolver banyak lagu bagus.
lagu feveret aku "and your bird can sing" dalam album ni,

kalau kau suka revolver mesti kau suka Rubber Soul.

dua album ni macam Use your illusions part 1& 2, album yang sama konsep , release pun dekat2;

err macam takde la bro. huhuhu

ween kalau suka lagu "last Kiss", try lah dengar "Soldier of love" dari Pearl JAm jugak.
lagu ni Beatles ada cover juga.

dulu lain sekarang lain kan bak kata SM Salim.

eddie dewanaga said...

sekarang pun banyak brit band yg bagus... cuma bila dah byk subgenre terhasil, lari dari apa yg kita biasa/pernah dengar, dia akan jadi biol bila mendengar...

deaf_angel said...

port, bilakah kita kan bertemu di alam nyata? huhu.

Selamat menyambut hari raya puasa kat ko dan family dan SEMUAAA yang baca blog ni.
Maaf Zahir Batin dan kita zero zero ok.

gayour said...

steven tyler dah jadi cam 'adik' mike jagger. bibir, lidah dan rupa dah hampir 99% sama!

eh! ni cite pasal the beatles daa! ingatkan pasal rolling stone

" That's why I go for that that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a back beat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
It's gotta be rock and roll music
If you wanna dance with me
If you wanna dance with me "

rock and roll music