Let the music do the talkin’: The Joe Perry Project Visits The Foxwoods Resort and Casino

Mike Singer, Music Manager

The Joe Perry Project had the opening night of their spring tour kick-off at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in front of a jam back room on Saturday.

For me, this was the biggest show of the year so far… Joe Perry of Aerosmith, one of my all-time favorite bands, and I was going to be doing photography… wow.

Before Perry went on, Robin Taylor Zander, Robin Zander of Cheap Tricks son warmed up the crowd as well as Micky James who went on after Zander.

Both opening bands were great and their music is awesome, be sure to check them out wherever you listen to music. I had no idea who any of these bands were and came into the show with an open mind to their music and after the two opening bands were all done, I was pleasantly surprised with how good their music was.

After they tore apart James’ stage, they set up for the one and only Joe Perry. The funny thing is, I have shot three-fourths of his other band, the Hollywood Vampires which includes Alice Cooper, click here for the photo gallery.

I was so excited about this show, it was marked down in my calendar for a few months, whenever the date was announced and I was ready to go. 

What I really liked about the show is that Perry did a mix between Aerosmith songs, solo material, The Joe Perry Project, as well as a few covers.

The band started out with “I’ve Got the Rock n’ Rolls Again” off of the 1981 record of the same name.

Despite this show being the first one of the tour, the band sounded amazing. Lead singer Gary Cherone sounded great. This was my first time seeing him live as I had never seen Extreme live either but he blew me away. In a way, he reminds me of Ian Astbury of The Cult.

They played some really cool covers like “Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite” by Fleetwood Mac, “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” by Johnny Thunders as well as my favorite, “Flying Saucer Rock ‘n’ Roll” which was so rocking that the band decided to play it two times in a row.

On top of covers and deep cuts, they also played fan favorites like “S.O.S. (Too Bad)” off “Get Your Wings,”  “Chip Away At The Stone” off of “Pandora’s Box” as well as “Walk This Way” off of the legendary “Toys In The Attic” record.

To add to the legendary night of rock and roll, the producer of “Get Your Wings,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Rocks,” and “Draw The Line,” Jack Douglas was in attendance to watch all three bands play.

Perry played awesome and it was my first time seeing him live with any band let me tell you that after watching him on stage, it’s clear why he is as cool as they come… heck I want to be like Joe Perry when I grow up.

This show cracked my top 15 concerts of all time and let me tell you, I’ve had my fair share of concerts, The Joe Perry Project marked my 33 concert ever so let that sink in.

Perry was absolutely awesome and I highly suggest seeing him in concert if you get the chance.

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