AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry spoke to Forbes about the band's critically acclaimed Las Vegas residency, "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild", which launched this past April at the Park Theater at Park MGM,
"On the music side, the only thing that comes close is THE BEATLES' 'Love' by Cirque Du Soleil show in Las Vegas," he said. "We were really inspired by that. In fact, we got [Giles Martin], the music director for that show who worked with George Harrison, to do some of the sound design for 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. I believe there are around 10,000 pounds of metal hanging above our heads. They first started welding four or five months ago. The people who do the video for the computer graphics for 'Game Of Thrones' designed some of the visuals.
"It took us about a year to work with the design people and put the show together," he continued. "We gathered a talented bunch of people to build this show around us. We didn't want to lose the excitement or energy of an AEROSMITH show. If you are an AEROSMITH fan and you want to experience us in a small theater, it's a good place to see us. And if you just want to see rock and roll show instead of a magic show on the strip, this is also a good show to see."
AEROSMITH is scheduled to play 18 more shows in Las Vegas dates before the end of the year — one in July, four in September, four in October, seven in November, and two in December. The band also has multiple-night "Deuces Are Wild" engagements booked at MGM properties in National Harbor, Maryland; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Springfield, Massachusetts.
The legendary Boston rockers haven't released a new studio album since 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!" That effort was released when AEROSMITH's label, Columbia Records, was reportedly going through a leadership change, and it ended up becoming a commercial disappointment.
The lackluster response to "Music From Another Dimension!" later caused two bandmembers — Perry and drummer Joey Kramer — to question whether there's any point in AEROSMITH making future albums.