Cowboy Mach Bell

Cowboy Mach Bell Show Notes
Once A Rocker Always A Rocker, a Road Warrior, a Teacher and and Author

Cowboy Mach BellTales of the Road Warriors!  This is the first full-length interview of 2020 and my guest is Cowboy Mach Bell. Since this is a longish episode, I’ll just give you a brief rundown about who I’m talking to, and the rest, you’ll discover during our conversation.

During the early days of Aerosmith, (yes… THAT Aerosmith) Joe Perry, their notorious and much adored lead guitarist and Steve Tyler’s right hand man – left the band to start his own band, the Joe Perry Project. He put out three solo albums, each with a different lead singer, before ultimately, and inevitabley rejoining Aerosmith and taking his place one again alongside Steve Tyler.

The lead singer on the third Joe Perry Project album, containing the title song, Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker, is my guest on today’s episode… Cowboy Mach Bell. By the way,  Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker – a Diary is also the name of Mach’s book; based on a journal he kept during his old road warrior  days with the band. You’ll find a link on the show notes page to Mach’s website where you can get yourself a copy of Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker – a Diary,  a well as links to some videos of his earlier live performances with the Joe Perry Project- and also with his first band called Thundertrain.

That’s all you really need to know going in – So, let’s join the conversation, already in progress…


Outskirts of Boston, Flutie, sports fans, rocks and jocks, team songs,    

The 80’s transitions – Led Zeppelin, Joe Perry, Ted Nugget, Ozzy Osbourne,  New Wave, The Cars, Elvis Costello, the Police, Van Halen.
The emergence of heavy metal and hair bands in 1984 –  Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Warrant, Guns & Roses, etc.
The cello, fuzz tone, was wah pedals, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix
First band Thundertrain in 1977
The song, Hot For Teacher and the David Lee Roth connection
CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City. Shared stage with Runaways, Mink DeVille, Thin Lizzy
Dealing with rejection. Work at Dad’s audio store. The call from Joe Perry’s people.
Joe Perry’s seizure. Hitting bottom. Helping through his recovery.
Venezuela Story
The Diary
The Truck Stop Story
My Michael Winslow Story
Aerosmith comes back for Joe.
The “Cowboy” Nickname Story
Working with the kids

Links and Media

Cowboy Mach Bell

Cowboy Mach Bell’s Website
Reviews, more interviews and purchase a copy of Once A Rocker, Always a Rocker – A Diary by Cowboy Mach Bell

Thundertrain  Thundertrain Videos on Youtube

Once A Rocker Video – Joe Perry Project featuring Cowboy Mach Bell

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