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Joe Perry's Merry Christmas

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Here's a holiday offering from the Aerosmith guitarist that features four familiar tunes including a take on the well-traveled "Run Run Rudolph" which is commonly thought of as a Chuck Berry tune.

Berry didn't write the song but he did apply his distinct, instantly recognizable guitar playing style to it and Perry replicates that nicely here while also adding a bit of raunchy sax to the mix.

Joe sings the song (hey, if Keith Richards can sing it for the Stones then Perry can handle it too) and also the swinging "Santa Claus is Back in Town" but vocals have never been his strong suit; with that in mind "Silent Night" is performed as an instrumental, slow and bluesy.

"White Christmas" is also performed without words but Joe does hop the song up a little bit by using a "talk box" to say "Merry Christmas everybody" at the beginning of the song, which gives the rendition an Aerosmith flavoring not present on the other songs.

Perry and Aerosmith fans will want this in their collection even though they'll only break it out in December.

Order your copy of the EP here.

Joe Perry's Merry Christmas

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