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Aerosmith feels Vegas reignited its passion for playing live

Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images
Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images

Aerosmith are out on the road all month before hitting Las Vegas again as part of its ongoing “Deuces Are Wild” residency at Park Theater at Park MGM.

The band took time out to chat with Variety about the shows, with guitarist Joe Perry explaining, “This has been an incredible opportunity to play a smaller version of our regular show in an intimate seating (and) a way to present the heart and soul of the band’s essence with added elements you wouldn’t have ever been able to do in a one-night-only setting. It’s something very different than what we have ever done before.”

The band enlisted Beatles archival producer Giles Martin, who co-designed the sound for Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE show, to supervise their sound in Vegas. Steven Tyler shed light on how the production in Vegas makes everything else pale in comparison: “The sound takes everything about this show to the next level, and it’s a 360 experience; full immersion. Nowhere else can fans hear what I’m hearing and see what I’m seeing like they can at our show. We found the best people we could for every aspect of the show. Whether it was the lights, sound, mechanics, all the moving parts, we had the best people.”

Drummer Joey Kramer credits the Vegas show for bringing back the passion for playing “some of the songs we’ve played hundreds of times before. . . We all still really enjoying performing together. Music is the ultimate antidepressant. There’s really no reason for us to stop. Everybody is re-excited about this residency and re-ignited about doing it; it hasn’t gotten old yet.”

Guitarist Brad Whitford went on to say, “When I look up at all the people when I am playing, and see all of our fans, all of the love, I think to myself, ‘Wow, thank you, each and every one of you for being here with us.’ This is the one thing Aerosmith can say we did right in this life.”

Aerosmith tour dates (subject to change):

August 16, 18 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
August 21, 24, 26, 29 – Springfield, MA – MGM Springfield
September 21, 23, 26, 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
October 1, 3, 6, 8 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
November 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM
December 1, 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater at Park MGM