America's all-time top-selling rock 'n' roll band AEROSMITH kicked off the second leg of its critically acclaimed Las Vegas residency, "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild", on June 19, and to celebrate, they are allowing fans access to their museum showcasing incredible items they've collected over their nearly 50 years together. Initially only accessible to VIP ticket holders, the exhibit, located in the lower level of Park Theater at Park MGM where the band is performing, is now open for tours.
Video reports on the Aerosmith Museum launch from KTNV and 8 News NOW can be seen below.
From the moment fans step into the vault, they will feel what it's like to be on stage with AEROSMITH. Fans can walk on the actual stage flooring (also known as the "Marley") that was used by the band on their previous tours. The exhibit also is a living timeline of their career, featuring everything from Steven Tyler's high school drumset, the band's first press kit, original lyrics for "Walk This Way", over 20 guitars played during iconic performances, an array of Tyler's signature scarfs, and some of their most notable awards including one of their Grammys. There are also five giant dynamic original portraits of each bandmember that were painted by world-renowned performance artist Denny Dent in his "two-fisted art attack" trademark style he also has used in portraits of other rock icons Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis, among others. Each bandmember also personally contributed items to the exhibit that reflect their mark on this iconic group.
Other Aerosmith Museum highlights:
* The renowned "Barn Guitar," made for Brad Whitford using wooden planks from the "The Barn," the New Hampshire spot where the band first started performing
* Memorable outfits from each of the band members
* Unusual musical instruments such as the Waterphone, used in the beginning of "Janie's Got A Gun"
* 13-feet-tall neon sign from the "Honkin' On Bobo" tour
* One of the first issues of "Aero Knows," AEROSMITH's self-published newsletter from 1978
* Steven Tyler's high school band drum
* The original press kit from the band
* Stacks of vintage custom AEROSMITH amps
* Memorable instruments from each bandmember including over 20 guitars
* Denny Dent portrait paintings of the entire band