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Interview:
Rocker's Sons Making Their Own Name
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Being part of the Hard Rock Cafe’s March on Stage program “kills two birds with one stone” for Boston’s Tab the Band.

“It lets us get on the road and play some places we haven’t played,” notes bassist Adrian Perry, who formed the trio in early 2007 with his guitar-playing younger brother Tony — both are sons of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry — and drummer Ben Tileston. “And it also benefits a charity, so that’s a really cool thing.

“They came to us and asked, and we thought it would be a good way to get out there and let people hear us.”

The charity in question is Musicians on Call, an organization that brings music to patients in health care facilities around the country.

The set of dates also helps Tab establish itself as more than just the sons of a more well-known (at this point) musician. The group has released a couple of EPs and an album, “Pulling Out Just Enough to Win.”

A second album, “Long Weekend,” is nearly finished and should be out later this year, and the older Perry says all of this is helping the trio establish its identity beyond its famous family ties.

“The curiosity factor will always be there,” says Perry, 26, who graduates from Georgetown’s law school in May. “We definitely have some Aerosmith fans showing up. But the nice thing is they keep showing up, I guess ‘cause they like us, too, which is fine by me.

“We’re out there trying to get anyone to listen. If we’re going to get credibility as our own band, we have to prove we’re hard working and we can do things on our own. We’re just kind of hammering away, working real hard — and it’s starting to pay off.”



Tab the Band performs at 9 p.m. Friday (March 7) at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, 45 Monroe St. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to benefit Musicians on Call. Call (313) 964-7625 or visit www.hardrock.com.

Web Site: www.hardrock.com

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