Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Almost 50 years after forming in Boston, Aerosmith launched their “Deuces Are Wild” residency at the Park Theater in Las Vegas Saturday amid floating toys, pyrotechnics, revolutionary sound experiences and 230 booming speakers.
The rock’n’roll icons (vocalist Steven Tyler, guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, drummer Joey Kramer and bassist Tom Hamilton) debuted their 35-date residency with their Tiny Bradshaw cover “Train Kept a Rollin.” Before the train got rollin’ an introductory video chronicled the group’s history, from Tyler and Perry’s first meeting at the Anchorage in New England to Perry’s love of Jimi Hendrix, plus memorable media appearances like a cameo on “The Simpsons” and a cooking segment with Jay Leno.
While the photos and clips played, circus-style performers roamed the theater on stilts, rolled onto the stage on giant spinning wheels and posed for selfies in bear costumes. But at 40 minutes long, the introduction had some audience members getting antsy, and with eyes torn between the screens, the stage and what whimsical creature was creeping down the aisle next, at times it was hard to know where to look when you don’t want to miss a thing.
When the screens finally gave way, the band … — Leena Tailor/@Variety