Album drops later this spring
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has announced Sweetzerland Manifesto MKII for release on May 26th via Roman Records. The project is the follow-up Sweetzerland Manifesto released in 2018.
As with its predecessor, Perry collaborates with a variety of musicians on the project. The album’s lead single, “Fortunate One,” features The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo. Other tracks include former Van Halen and Extreme frontman Gary Cherone, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, New York Dolls’ David Johanson and Terry Reid.
“I’m really excited to get this song out — it hadn’t been written when the first version of Sweetzerland Manifesto was released. My old friend Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes sang on it, he knocked it outta the park! We started it in LA, recorded it in London, and Chris sang on it… and BANG!! Doesn’t get better than that!!! Really proud of this track,” Perry says.
“We had so many songs and with everything going on with The [Hollywood] Vampires, Aerosmith, COVID, not touring, and touring, this music kept riding along for me. It was like the engine of a train that wasn’t going to stop. I’d wanted to put these songs out, and the idea of adding them to a vinyl release or deluxe version turned into doing MKII. I tend to think in terms of albums. The first one had a vibe, and MKII is a little more rocked out. I almost prefer it. It’s one of those records I can play from front-to-back live.”
“Fortunate One” is one of six new tracks on the project, with the other four being alternate vocal takes and mixes from the first Sweetzerland Manifesto album. Both projects were manifested during a session at his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp’s house in 2017. Depp, Jack Douglas, Bruce Witkin and Perry’s sons, Tony and Roman, are named executive producers of the project.
Perry will support the project with a spring tour with the Joe Perry Project. Dates kick off April 15th in Mashantucket, CT.