“I’ll Do Happiness”, a new song from AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. A collaboration with British singer Terry Reid, the track will be included on Perry‘s upcoming solo project that the guitarist at first thought would focus solely on instrumentals.
In the late 1960s, Terry Reid was reportedlyasked to join both the NEW YARDBIRDS/LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE, but he passed. Instead, he recommended Robert Plant to Jimmy Page and went on tour opening for CREAM and THE ROLLING STONES. He then recorded two albums for Epic Records: 1968’s “Bang, Bang You’re Terry Reid” and the 1969 self-titled follow-up, both with producer Mickie Most (who had worked with Donovan, THE YARDBIRDS and THE ANIMALS).
“Terry wasn’t that big here in the States in the late ’60s, but I had friends who would go to England every summer and bring back piles of albums, and so I was lucky enough to know about him, and when I heard him, I thought his voice was incredible,” Perry told Classic Rock magazine. “So he came in and we got to know each other a little bit and played some tunes, and wrote some songs, and he was just great to work with.”
Regarding how he plans to release his next effort, Perry said: “It seems now that the album is leaning towards more vocals on songs, because I’m getting to work with great singers and it’s been a lot of fun. But it might be that we release an instrumental EP and an EP of vocal stuff; I don’t know. We’re just cranking out the songs, and we’re having conversations about how we get it out there. But I wanted to get one of these Terry Reid songs out because they turned out really good. There’s been some pieces in some of the big newspapers out here which have been about people re-discovering his talent, so the timing is kinda falling together.”
Perry has also recorded with NEW YORK DOLLS frontman David Johansen, although it’s unclear if those tracks will surface on the upcoming disc.
“I really don’t know what’s going to fit where, but there’s some stuff I’ve been writing that I wouldn’t have anyone else sing but Alice [Cooper], for the [HOLLYWOOD] VAMPIRES,” the guitarist said. “But there’s tracks that I think will work as instrumentals and then some cat will come into the studio and we’ll give it a shot with vocals, and then it’s not an instrumental anymore.”