Sunday, April 7, 2019

VIDEO: Aerosmith open Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency

photo: Park MGM / Katarina Benzova

Aerosmith opened their Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency at the Park MGM's Park Theater on April 6.

The Wrap reports the Boston band tore through their back catalogue with little-to-no pandering to any casual fans in attendance, starting with one of their oldest songs, a cover of Tiny Bradshaw’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” before delivering a series of ’70s classics – “Mama Kin,” “Back In The Saddle,” “Kings And Queens” and “Sweet Emotion” – and settling in mid-set with 1987’s “Hangman Jury” and 1974’s “Seasons Of Wither.”

Aerosmith made it clear, right up front, that they’d be doing Vegas on their terms.

“It’s a treat to see a band so accustomed to stadiums playing in a comparatively small 5,200-seat theater,” writes reviewer Tim Molloy. “At some points the show felt like visiting a friend’s basement to go over some old favorites, warmed by the soft hum of an amplifier.

“Other times, it felt very Vegas. Demonically cherubic stuffed animals lowered from the ceiling for a soaring take on 'Toys In The Attic' that got us as close as an Aerosmith show will ever come to one by Pink Floyd.”

Before the group took the stage, the show began with a half-hour film that went deep into the band’s history.

Aerosmith teamed up with producer Giles Martin – known for creating the soundscape for "The Beatles Love" by Cirque du Soleil show – for what is being billed as “one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas.”

Aerosmith will perform 8 more Deuces Are Wild shows this month; they’ll return for more dates in June and July before playing a mini-series of US East Coast performances in August and resuming the Vegas run in the fall.

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