Aerosmith is heading to Sin City!!! The Boston bad boys are the latest superstars to bring its show to the Strip with Joe Perry revealing on Sirius XM’s Beatles Channel that Aerosmith will be playing a Las Vegas residency in 2019 leading up to its 50th anniversary. Perry said, “We’re going to be doing a residency in Vegas starting next spring. What we want to do is something that I haven’t seen before — just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We’re in the middle of the production now. What we’re talking about is having an experience that you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour.”
Perry went on to say: “I feel like we’ve been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back. The production is gonna look like that. But without losing what we are: a hardcore rock n’ roll band. We’re having almost weekly conversations about the production and how we’re gonna keep it true and honest to the heartbeat of the rock n’ roll that we play but still add an element that people will want to see. I haven’t been this excited about a project with Aerosmith in quite a while.” No hotel or hard dates were mentioned for the Vegas run.
Joe Perry told us that ultimately, the thrill of what Aerosmith accomplished musically trumps all the problems that the band has endured due to drugs, women, management and ego issues: [“It’s really the five of us, y’know, as a band. And it’s still exciting to walk out onstage with these guys. And that, I think, is the glue that keeps us coming back. Sometimes I ask that question myself, y’know, ‘Why am I still doin’ it?’ Well, when I walk out onstage in Moscow and everybody out there is singing words to songs that we wrote in the basement, or, y’know, in some studio somewhere. It’s nothin’ short of a miracle, y’know? And so we kind of have a lot of respect for that.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . respect for that)
Aerosmith already has a few songs in the can for the band’s upcoming album. Although the band’s last studio set, 2012’s Music From Another Dimension, was met with indifference from fans, bassist Tom Hamilton told us why recording new music remains important for Aerosmith: [“I so want to be known as a band that is still firing on all cylinders. We could go out and work every year and just play, y’know, all our same old songs year after year, but it would have been a very uneasy feeling to me to think about not ever having an album of new material out.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . new material out)
- On Wednesday (August 15th), Aerosmith will perform on Today show’s Concert Series.
- NBC’s Today.com website posted “Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis on the Today plaza, located at 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City. To get the best spot, fans should try to arrive by 5 a.m. Generally, concerts happen rain or shine.”