Joe Perry: ‘I Play Every Gig Like It’s My Last One’

Aerosmith, which performed a memorable halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, will once again be playing for a football audience. The band will play this Friday during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, which is hosting the first-ever Concert for Legends at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Just how cool is that? Pretty darn cool.

“Well, (whenever) you’re not doing your average gig . . . and you get to play at a different venue like that, (it’s really fun),” Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “To do the Super Bowl, that was one of the most amazing things for me to do – not just for the obvious specialty of doing it, but seeing how that whole machinery works. It’s just incredible. I’m lucky enough to have made friends with the Krafts in Boston and go to the home games there and do some tailgating. You get to see how they live and go to the after party where all the families are see where they live. It’s just an amazing thing. It’s really exciting. I’m a fan like anybody else when it comes to football or any of the other sports that I get to go to. So I’m just sitting in the stands digging it. But to go down on the field before they kick off, that’s pretty special. It’s one of those benefits you get from being in the rock and roll business and being around like we have.”

Perry, along with Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford, are living legends, as Aerosmith has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. The band was formed in Boston, and all five members are big fans of the New England Patriots.

This Friday’s concert will pay tribute to the legends of football on the eve of the enshrinement of the Hall of Fame class of 2015. Playing in Canton, at least for Perry, will be just as special as playing in the Super Bowl.

“I can’t speak for the other guys, but my feeling is I play every gig like it’s my last one,” the 64-year-old said. “And I’m going to pour everything I got out. As they say, we’re going to leave it all on the field. That’s just how it is. We’ve been through so much – so many ups and downs. I really appreciate the fact that the fans are there to support us. I have nothing else to do but give it back. You think any of the guys going onto the field think about I’m not going to play so hard on this one? I don’t know what they think, but I can’t imagine that they don’t go out there and they just don’t think about the TV cameras. All they think about is going out their and kicking ass. That’s my attitude about rock and roll. Any show that we do, whether it’s a 30-seat club or an 80,000-seat stadium, it’s the same thing. You just pour it out and give everything you got.”

The concert begins at 8 p.m. ET.

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