Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has shared a live music video for "Aye, Aye, Aye", from his "Sweetzerland Manifesto" album.
Filmed at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre earlier this year in January, Perry teamed up with Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeon and STP bassist Robert DeLeo for a fiesty live rendition of "Aye, Aye, Aye".
Perry told the story behind the song to Rolling Stone saying, “I had just finished writing my autobiography Rocks with David Ritz so we’d been based in L.A. My friend and future bandmate [Johnny Depp] offered the use of his studio to record my new solo record. Later that week I went to his studio to talk about the record and the possibilities about it being an instrumental CD. Ironically, that night we recorded ‘Eve of Destruction’ with Johnny on drums. Even though it was big hit in the Sixties, I felt with everything going on in the world today that this song was more than relevant than ever especially since the Atomic Clock had just been moved even closer to midnight."
Perry noted that it is also the only song written from scratch for this album. All the other songs were written before the vocalists heard them. Perry said, "Robin had a chorus that he sang to me over the phone, and he said ‘this sounds like a riff that could be right up your alley.’ When Robin walked into the studio singing ‘Aye, Aye, Aye,’ I said, ‘What is a good key for you?’ He said, ‘The Aye, Aye, Aye key.’ [laughs] By that night we had a demo of the song finished. Later I found out it was inspired by my love for my custom Gibson Billie guitar which has my wife’s picture on it (painted by John Douglas). The only requirement or pressure behind this album was all the songs had to be fun to play live. And after having the chance to perform ‘Aye, Aye, Aye’ with Robin live, I have to say it hits the mark. Little did I know it would be one of my favourite songs on the CD.”
Johnny Depp, Perry's Hollywood Vampires bandmate was the executive producer for the album.