Don't miss a thing when Aerosmith hits Las Vegas
If you were to fire up the ol’ time machine, travel back to the spring of 1979 and tell the five members of Aerosmith, “Guess what, guys—40 years from now, you’ll be performing 35 concerts across eight months on the Las Vegas Strip,” they likely would’ve responded with two very Aerosmith-ian words: “Dream on!”
Not because the thought of a hard rock band ever landing a Strip residency would’ve seemed absurd in 1979. Rather, because no member of Aerosmith in 1979 would’ve wagered so much as a dollar that they’d still be upright in 40 years, let alone a functioning band. At the time, the three-ingredient Molotov cocktail that blows up most rock bands—drugs, booze and infighting—was turning “the Bad Boys from Boston” into yet another cautionary tale.
The cracks in Aerosmith’s foundation began in July 1979, when lead guitarist Joe Perry left the band. The following year, lead singer Steven Tyler collapsed onstage during a concert after reportedly ingesting copious amounts of drugs, followed soon after by a serious motorcycle accident that resulted in a lengthy hospital stay. Then in 1981, rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford called it quits. By 1984, Perry and Whitford had returned, only to be part of the band’s revolving door in and out of rehab.
So, yeah, an Aerosmith residency … on the Las Vegas Strip … in 2019 … involving all five original members ranging in age from 67 to 71—dream on, indeed. And yet, here they are, still upright, still fully functioning and—most importantly—still rocking with the kind of passion, precision and power that long ago earned them the nickname “America’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band.” And that reputation seems untarnished as the years go by.
Perhaps the only thing more remarkable than Aerosmith surviving the roller-coaster ride from success to excess (and back again) is the fact they’re as popular today as ever. What other rock band that formed 46 years ago gets hired for an 18-show Las Vegas residency, then tacks on an additional 17 dates to accommodate demand?
So what can that fan base expect during the Deuces Are Wild residency that runs periodically through Dec. 4? A never-before-seen combination of vintage Aerosmith and modern-day technology. More than just your run-of-the-mill concert, Deuces Are Wild features the band performing hits and deep tracks culled from their 15 studio albums and played against a backdrop of state-of-the-art audio and visual elements designed to create a fully immersive experience.
The real treat? Rather than a massive stadium or large arena—both of which Aerosmith has called home for the bulk of their career—each show will take place inside the intimate Park Theater. That means an opportunity for up-close-and-personal performances of classics like “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Love in an Elevator” and, yes, “Dream On.”
It’s Aerosmith like you’ve never seen—or heard—them before, and at a time and place nobody 40 years ago would’ve ever imagined they’d see them.
Park Theater at Park MGM, 8 p.m. April 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23 & 26, starting at $75 plus tax and fee. 844.600.7275