Unison Music GroupFrom Toys in the Attic to toys under the Christmas tree! Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has released his first holiday record, a four-song EP titled, appropriately, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. The collection features instrumental renditions of the yuletide standards “White Christmas” and “Silent Night,” as well as the rock legend’s versions of Chuck Berry‘s “Run Run Rudolph” and Elvis Presley‘s “Santa Claus Is Back in Town.”

“Run Run Rudolph” features some rhythm guitar work by Joe’s pal, actor Johnny Depp. The EP can be purchased on CD for $4.99 — shipping not included — at UnisonMusic.com, and digitally for $3.99 at iTunes.

“I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with Aerosmith for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one,” Perry says in a statement, adding that he finally was able to do the recording as a solo project after he finished his book tour promoting his recently published memoir Rocks. “The timing was right — we were in L.A. with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together,” he explains.

Perry says he chose to record “Run Run Rudolph” and “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” because they’re “two of my favorite holiday songs.”

As for how he and his family celebrate Christmas, Joe says they usually have a brunch in front of the fireplace, then open up their stockings.

He adds, “We take our time opening gifts and do not rip through them, making the day last as long as possible. We usually eat appetizers Christmas Day because we normally have a big Christmas Eve dinner, although it varies from year to year. We usually end up watching Chevy Chase‘s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story with our family later in the day.”

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