Have Guitar, Will Travel (Joe Perry album)

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Have Guitar, Will Travel
Studio album by Joe Perry
Released October 6, 2009 (US)
February 2010 (UK)
Recorded The Boneyard, 2009
Genre Hard rock
Length 47:30
Label Roman Records
Producer Joe Perry
Joe Perry chronology
Joe Perry
Have Guitar, Will Travel

Have Guitar, Will Travel is the fifth solo album by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, released on October 6, 2009 on Roman Records. In addition to Perry (lead guitar, vocals), the album features German vocalist Hagen Grohe, Joe Perry Project bassist David Hull, pianist Willie Alexander, organ player Paul Santo, and drummers Marty Richards, Ben Tileston and Scott Meeder. According to Perry, one of the reasons for releasing another solo album is "because you can get out there and do whatever you want and you don't have to answer to anybody."[1] The album's first single was "We've Got a Long Way to Go."

The title is a snowclone of the phrase "Have Gun, Will Travel", and also possibly a reference to the 1960 album of the same name by Bo Diddley.

In February 2010, the album received its UK release alongside issue 142 of Classic Rock magazine. Editor Scott Rowley states that: "To our knowledge, it's the first time that a music magazine has given away a complete album."[2] The issue featured an exclusive interview with Aerosmith and a 'track-by-track' interview with Perry about Have Guitar, Will Travel.

Background and recording[edit]

For Joe Perry's next solo album, he originally planned to contact notable musicians and record an album featuring 'guest appearances'. Perry states that he considered contacting the likes of Jimmy Page, Slash, Scott Weiland, Robin Zander but ultimately decided not to.[3]

Following aborted plans to record Aerosmith's fifteenth studio album with producer Brendan O'Brien, Perry decided to record another solo album with his newly assembled band which included vocalist Hagen Grohe, bassist David Hull, pianist Willie Alexander, organ player Paul Santo, and drummers Marty Richards, Ben Tileston and Scott Meeder. Perry's wife, Billie Perry, discovered vocalist Hagen Grohe on YouTube after hearing about Journey discovering their vocalist Arnel Pineda in a similar manner. In early 2010, Perry stated that "after Steven blew the friggin' Aerosmith record we got on a bus and headed down south to play Brendan O'Brien the new material and he said "Yeah, [Hagen Grohe] has pipes." So we thought, "Fuck it, let's put out our own record. We can't count on Tyler anymore, he's a fuckin' burnout."[4][5]

The track "Do You Wonder", was originally written for Aerosmith's thirteenth studio album, Just Push Play, by Perry and frequent producer Marti Frederiksen, but was never finished. Upon showing the track to producer Brendan O'Brien, whilst working on material for Aerosmith's fifteenth studio album, O'Brien is said to have "loved" the track, and pushed for its inclusion on the forthcoming album. However, when the album sessions never came to fruition, Perry decided to include the song on Have Guitar, Will Travel. Perry's wife, Billie, wrote the track's lyrics. Perry stated in a recent interview with Classic Rock: "Fuck it! It's been almost ten years, Brendan thinks it's got potential, I think I'll put it on my record."[6]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]

Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the album as "the sound of Joe Perry cutting loose in his home studio," and stated that the album "has a warmth that latter-day Aerosmith albums have often lacked."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Music and lyrics by Joe Perry unless otherwise noted

  1. "We've Got a Long Way to Go" – 4:34
  2. "Slingshot" – 4:20
  3. "Do You Wonder" - 5:14 (Music: Joe Perry, Marti Frederiksen; Lyrics: Billie Perry)
  4. "Somebody's Gonna Get (Their Head Kicked in Tonite)" - 4:10 (Jeremy Spencer)
  5. "Heaven and Hell" – 7:19
  6. "No Surprise" - 4:53
  7. "Wooden Ships" – 4:56
  8. "Oh Lord (21 Grams)" – 3:27
  9. "Scare the Cat" – 4:47
  10. "Freedom" - 3:50

Bonus tracks (Japanese Pressing)[edit]

  1. "Revolution (The Beatles Cover)
  2. "Dream On (Reggae Mix)


The following people contributed to Have Guitar, Will Travel:[11]


  • Joe Perry - guitar, vocals, synth, percussion, programming, sound effects
  • Hagen Grohe - vocals
  • David Hull - bass
  • Ben Tileston - drums, percussion, glockenspiel
  • Marty Richards - drums
  • Scott Meeder - drums
  • Willie Alexander - piano
  • Paul Santo - Hammond organ, pipe organ, percussion
  • Glen McCarthy - sound effects
  • Choir on "Oh Lord" - Brian Greenwood, Vivian Doughty, Kerri McLennan, Charlotte Cipolletti, Kelly McElduff, Mike Bernard, Phil DellaNoce, Dan Creed, Pat Dauwer, Lauren Mack, Roman Perry, Hagen Grohe

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Joe Perry - producer
  • Pablo Arraya - recording, engineer, mixing
  • Tom Tapley - basic track recording
  • Daniel Imana - mixing assistant
  • Dave Kutch - mastering
  • Paul Santo - engineer


  • John Douglas - cover painting
  • Stephanie Alexander - photograph cover is based on
  • Billie Perry - photography
  • John Bionelli - additional photography
  • John Shipp - additional photography
  • Ross Halfin - back cover photograph, headstock photo
  • Rena DeBortoli - design

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Classic Rock, issue 142, pg. 52
  2. ^ Classic Rock, issue 142, pg. 15
  3. ^ Classic Rock, issue 142, pg. 52
  4. ^ Classic Rock, issue 142, pg. 50
  5. ^ "Joe Perry's "Have Guitar, Will Travel" Set For October 6th Release". 5 August 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Classic Rock, issue 142, pg. 52
  7. ^ Allmusic review
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1647194
  9. ^ http://www.b1027.com/on-the-bee/crash/6900-joe-perry-in-studio-with-crash.html
  10. ^ Have Guitar, Will Travel liner notes Pg. 10
  11. ^ Have Guitar, Will Travel liner notes

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