And to think, I’ve never been a big fan of Aerosmith

October 30th, 2008

Until now:

Aerosmith has generally left the politics to bands like U2 and the Dixie Chicks, best viagra viagra but axeman Joe Perry says national security and economic woes have prompted him to split from the rest of the entertainment world and throw his support behind John McCain.

“We pretty much stay out of it, viagra generic pills but seeing so many people come out for Obama, case I just felt like ‘What the hell, I might as well raise my hand for this side,” Perry said from his Duxbury home.

The Bay State rockers have done a few fund-raisers for the Kennedy family over the years, but Perry’s endorsement of McCain marks a first for the platinum-selling guitarist/songwriter. A lifelong Republican, he said he was inspired to come forward because of ringing McCain endorsements from Rudy Giuliani and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I’ve been a hardcore Republican my whole life,” he told the Herald. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for. I guess I’m living proof of that.”

Of criticism about McCain’s age, Perry said: “My mother’s in her 80s and she does aerobics. My manager’s 70 and he’s right there. That doesn’t bother me.”

And despite lopsided polls, he urged his fans to get out and vote.

“I’m an optimist. It ain’t over till its over,” he said. “I think that he’s got a chance.”

My favorite part: “…but seeing so many people come out for Obama, I just felt like ‘What the hell, I might as well raise my hand for this side”. That just cracks me up.

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  • 1. folkbum  |  October 30th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Compare:
    “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for. I guess I’m living proof of that.”

    To:
    The last time Joe Perry made a solo record, he was drunk, broke, and hooked on smack. Both his first marriage and his band, Aerosmith, had just broken up–mostly because, well, see above–and Perry’s life had become a string of drug-induced seizures.

    What a great Republican role model!

  • 2. Dave Casper  |  October 30th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Jay…seriously? I mean, if you want to look at the sordid lives of all of Obama’s celebrity supporters, we can do that, but there simply isn’t enough time before even the 2012 election.

  • 3. a new voice  |  October 31st, 2008 at 7:50 am

    He is definitely the minority Republican in the entertainment industry.

    Good for him!

  • 4. folkbum  |  October 31st, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Dave, Democrats tend not to go around bragging about their morals, work ethic, or family values when promoting their candidates. It’s just ironic that someone who promotes that sort of thing–and claims to have done so “life-long”–has a personal history that fails, miserably, to live up to it.

    As much as Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins may be proud of their long-term monogamous relationship with healthy and well-adjusted hard-working children, they’re not out there putting down people who don’t have those values or endorsing candidates who do.

  • 5. JJ  |  October 31st, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Nope – we’ll leave the drug use tales to Obama himself in his memoirs.

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