December 20, 2008
Aerosmith doesn’t quite fit between “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.” But neither does Chuck Berry, and he managed to duck walk his way through maybe the best Christmas tune of the rock era with “Run Rudolph Run.”
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.
“It’s my favorite Christmas song,” Perry told the Herald yesterday from his home in Duxbury. “I went down to Skippy White’s every Christmas to buy a new 45 of it because I always managed to wear it out or lose it each year.”
Perry’s never made a secret of his love for Chuck Berry – or of Keith Richards, who Perry says does the second best version of “Run Rudolph Run.”
Recorded at his home studio, the Boneyard, with engineer Paul Santo on drums and keyboards, “Run Rudolph Run” 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.
“(Finishing the album) is at the top of our list right now,” Perry said. “I come out of the basement with something every day, and we have a pretty good pile of stuff to work through.”
A fresh YouTube clip of the song and its recording sessions will be up in the next 24 hours, Perry said.
“If you look at the video closely you can see an ice bag taped to my knee,” he said, referencing his recent surgery. “But don’t worry. I’ll be 100 percent by next year.”
Watch video here: (YouTube.com/JoePerryTv).