Rock For The Rising Sun
Eagle Rock Entertainment/Shock
I like/d a few Aerosmith songs I guess, sure. You kinda have to really – but a whole DVD of them? Well, I tried. This concert film, recorded in 2011, has the band in Japan, returning to continue their tour after Japan’s devastating tsunami and in the middle of the band recording its devastatingly bad album, Music From Another Dimension! You could be right in thinking that, yes, Japan had suffered enough already. But that was not going to stop Steven!
Fortunately the live set – well, this live set anyway, given its cobbled together from a bunch of different shows – largely ignores the god-awful power-ballad overload that has been Aerosmith’s cruel raison d’être across the last two decades. So you’ll hear the things you, presumably – as an Aerosmith fan – will be wanting, you know: Mama Kin and Sweet Emotion and Last Child and Rats In The Cellar and Walk This Way and…well actually it’s really slim pickings. For a band that has maintained something approaching a legacy – simply from Hoovering Peruvian talcum powder straight up its nostrils while recycling Led Zep riffs and thinking they’re America’s Rolling Stones – it’s kinda baffling to see just how slight this set list runs.
To pad the set there is interview footage and backstage shenanigans – largely a right bore and annoyingly cut to intrude on every other song or thereabouts, often songs are picked up mid-way, or cut off and Train Kept A Rollin’ – which could be a highlight – is relegated to keep rollin’ only throughout the credits.
Never saw what others saw in ‘em.
Can’t fault the sound/technical aspects/production of this DVD – it all sounds very fine in fact. And Joe Perry hasn’t entirely lost his version of guitar swagger-and-strut either. But I just can’t care about this. They sound like a pub band that fluked the big time. And this DVD will only please the hardcore, hopelessly devoted fans. And they’re a strange breed in 2013.
But given the band played a New Zealand show recently there could be some interest here. I just can’t hear or see why. Also the “comeback” hits like Love In An Elevator and Livin’ On The Edge sound utterly ridiculous now. (Though they probably did back then too…)