.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry: 'I'm a Definite Old-School Republican'

'You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it,' says guitarist

September 19, 2012 2:30 PM ET
Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recently told Noisecreep.com that he's a "definite old-school Republican." As he explained, "I was taught that you get what you put into it. You can be anything you want to be if you work hard enough at it, and you can earn your place."

Perry cited John F. Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower as his favorite presidents, and he believes that America hasn't had a president of their quality since Ronald Reagan. "I didn't believe in everything Kennedy said or did, but you believed in your heart that he was really there and he was going to stand up for what he believed in. That's what is most important," he said. "We all came up in that era when you were taught that you can do anything you set your minds to and by God, we walked on the moon, just like JFK said we would."

However, politics still aggravate Perry. "So much of this stuff is politicizing. What the media does is so much about selling a product. It makes me kind of nuts," he said. He added of the political parties, "Now it's all meshed together and you can barely figure out one side from the other."

Aerosmith's next record, Music From Another Dimension!, will be released on November 6th.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com