With Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International coming out last week, many artists featured on the four-disc set have been playing Dylan tunes on the late-night talk show circuit.
For instance, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry offered his version of “Man of Peace” Monday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
View his performance below:
Perry recently sat down with the Huffington Post to chat about the Dylan endeavor.
“I did it in the comfort of my home studio. Jack Douglas, who produced some of the earliest recordings that I’ve ever done, was there,” Perry said. ”And once you make the decision to try it, you’ve just got to go for it. Dylan’s style of songwriting comes from such a long history of the traditional folk-blues — the songs are basically simple in their construction, so there’s so much room for interpretation in there, by the performer, that the only thing you’re really up against is Bob’s performance of the song. Because the way he performs his music, it’s so iconic that his versions become the song. So you kind of have to throw that out of your mind, and just see where it goes.”
This isn’t the first time Perry has covered a tune for Amnesty International, as Aerosmith teamed up with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars to do John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” in 2007.
For more information on Aerosmith and The Joe Perry Project, check out Perry’s official website.