Charlie Farren has been creating music for a very long time. In 1979 soon after Joe Perry parted ways with Aerosmith, Perry formed his own band, The Joe Perry Project. The line up changed a few times with Ralph Mormon filling in as lead vocalist when Perry had to fulfill Aerosmith obligations. The union didn't last long and a temporary replacement for Mormon was Joey Mala, lead vocalist of Revolver, a New York based band. The line up changed again and in 1982 Farren was made the permanent replacement as singer and rhythm guitarist.
The album, "I've Got the Rock and Rolls Again," recorded in 1982 with Farren, Joe Perry, David Hull and Ronnie Stewart wasn't well recieved so the band eventually parted ways.
Examiner spoke with Farren about his years with the Perry Project and what he has in the works now."
Examiner: How was it working with The Joe Perry Project?
Farren: "My initial impression was that The Joe Perry Project was a seasoned, professional outfit, managed by an extremely professional Don Law team. I knew that it was a big step up for me but I also felt up to the task. David Hull, who is currently touring with Aerosmith in South America as the Tom Hamilton fill in along with Ronnie Stewart each made positive impressions on me, both as musicians, performers, writers and band mates.
Within a few weeks of joining the band, we picked up a string of dates as special guests on a bill with Ozzy Osbourne and openers for Def Leppard. We later toured with such acts as Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, The Kinks, Kansas, Judas Priest, The Scorpions and Rush to name a few. A great education for sure!"
Examiner: How about some stories on your Farrenheit days with Hull and Muzzy?
Farren: "At one point it became clear that Perry was on a trajectory to reunite with Aerosmith. Hull and I had been writing together and realized that it might be best to strike out on our own. Atlantic Records had shown interest in my material prior to my joining The Joe Perry Project, so I thought there might be an opportunity there. I actually signed a solo development deal with Ahmet Ertegun who liked the kind of jazzy acoustic songs on my recent album Deja Blue.
Hull and I experimented with format and at first performed with a five piece band that we called The Enemy. We eventually settled on a trio format after finding Muzzy our drummer. The three of us just clicked and we developed an approach and sound that was unique in that it featured mostly ensemble play as opposed to a lead guitar led sound which is common in many three piece bands.
We were fortunate to connect with one of the top record producers of the era in Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Foreigner, White Snake, Pat Benetar, 38 Special and Stevie Nicks), and released a record that got us attention of long time friend of Muzz, BOSTON'S Brad Delp. Thanks to national radio airplay and MTV exposure of our first single, "Fool in Love", we were offered the opening slot in what would be the tour of the year for BOSTON behind their hit record "Amanda", their first single from their "Third Stage" CD."
Examiner: What were the highlights of that tour?
Farren: "The tour was 40 cities and 90 dates including a performance at The Cotton Bowl with BOSTON, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Poison and Tesla. We played in every major city and had multiple sold out nights. What a blast!"
Examiner: Tell us about your solo project?
Farren: "I had been married for six or seven years by this time and my wife and I decided to start a family. I knew that I didn't want to be on "on the road dad", so I took a full time position at Digital Equipment Corporation which was later purchased by Compaq and then Hewlett Packard.
It was during this time that I started performing as a solo and developing material appropriate for the format.
In 1998 my wife and I started FMan Media, a music production company that managed my solo side career. My focus was on raising and supporting my three children and also advancing my business career at HP. Through out the years my guitar was never far and after twenty four years at HP, with my children now grown, I retired and began to focus on getting back into music. I released a CD with collaborator Jon Butcher entitled "FBI" and most recently my newest solo CD, "Tuesday."
I've been performing throughout New England behind this latest release, both at my own shows, as well as opening for acts like Styx, Eddie Money, Johnny Lang, Journey, Night Ranger and Lynard Skynard."
Examiner: What are some of your upcoming shows?
Farren: "I'm excited about an upcoming show at The Cannery Music Hall in Southbridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts on December 15, 2013 to benefit the Music Drives Us Foundation and the Annual Morning Buzz Christmas Event at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire on December 17, 2013."
For more information visit Farren's website for upcoming dates and releases: www.charliefarren.com