Categories: Joe Perry
December 20, 2008
Aerosmith doesnâ€™t quite fit between â€œO Come All Ye Faithfulâ€ and â€œSilent Night.â€ But neither does Chuck Berry, and he managed to duck walk his way through maybe the best Christmas tune of the rock era with â€œRun Rudolph Run.â€
In a tribute to Berry, and as a Christmas present to Aerosmith fans everywhere, axeman Joe Perry has recorded a version of the song that can be downloaded free at www.aeroforceone.com.
â€œItâ€™s my favorite Christmas song,â€ Perry told the Herald yesterday from his home in Duxbury. â€œI went down to Skippy Whiteâ€™s every Christmas to buy a new 45 of it because I always managed to wear it out or lose it each year.â€
Perryâ€™s never made a secret of his love for Chuck Berry – or of Keith Richards, who Perry says does the second best version of â€œRun Rudolph Run.â€
Recorded at his home studio, the Boneyard, with engineer Paul Santo on drums and keyboards, â€œRun Rudolph Runâ€ was put together during breaks from Aerosmith writing sessions. The band is trying to wrap up preproduction on its latest album before a February 1st gig in Caracas, Venezuela. Then the Boston bad boys hope to finish recording the album before a world tour beginning in early summer.
â€œ(Finishing the album) is at the top of our list right now,â€ Perry said. â€œI come out of the basement with something every day, and we have a pretty good pile of stuff to work through.â€
A fresh YouTube clip of the song and its recording sessions will be up in the next 24 hours, Perry said.
â€œIf you look at the video closely you can see an ice bag taped to my knee,â€ he said, referencing his recent surgery. â€œBut donâ€™t worry. Iâ€™ll be 100 percent by next year.â€
Watch video here: (YouTube.com/JoePerryTv).