Aerosmith Opens Vegas Residency, ‘Deuces Are Wild’

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas, April 6, 2019 (Photo: Katarina Benzova; used with permission)

Aerosmith opened their 2019 Las Vegas residency on Saturday night (April 6) with a 16-song set that celebrated their rock and roll roots. The band have not toured since 2017, with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry focusing on side projects and dealing with some recent, minor health issues.

[In 2018, they performed just one concert – at Jazz Fest on May 5. Believe it or not, they haven’t done a U.S. tour since 2015.]

In August 2018, in a flashy, live appearance on The Today Show, Aerosmith announced their big plans for 2019 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. What initially was to be a 18-date residency at the Park Theater at the Park MGM, has turned into 35 dates, covering April, and June-July, with a return in the fall.

Perry and Tyler at the Park Theater on April 6, 2019 (Photo: Zack Whitford; used with permission)

[For these shows, the band has teamed up with THX and L-Acoustics for what is said to be the world’s first THX Certified live performance presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound.]

In February, the group revealed several brief east coast residencies. A couple of festival appearances have also cropped onto the schedule.

At their opening night performance at the intimate Park Theater, the audience was first shown an extensive filmed presentation about the band’s 50-year history.

And then there they were.

The Vegas crowd first got the band’s 1974 cover of “Train Kept A-Rollin'” and “Mama Kin” from their 1973 debut.

Missing from the setlist were such Top 10 singles as “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “What it Takes” and Angel.” But there was plenty of room for such favorites as “Sweet Emotion,” “Back in the Saddle” and “Love in an Elevator.”

Ten songs in… “Livin’ on the Edge”…

The main set closed with “Dude Looks Like a Lady.”

For the first of two encores, a shirtless Tyler got behind the piano before playing the familiar chords to their 1975 breakthrough. At one point, Perry climbed up on the piano for a solo. Tyler grabbed his mic and joined him for the song’s inspirational wind-up.

Aerosmith, Park Theater, Las Vegas, April 6, 2019 Setlist

Train Kept A-Rollin’
Mama Kin
Back in the Saddle
Kings and Queens
Sweet Emotion
Hangman Jury
Seasons of Wither
Stop Messin’ Around
Cryin’
Livin’ on the Edge
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Love in an Elevator
Toys in the Attic
Dude Looks Like a Lady

The final song was 1975’s “Walk This Way” and the band introductions.

Encore
Dream On
Walk This Way

Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild 2019 Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

April 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26 Park Theater, Las Vegas
June 19, 22, 24, 27, 29 Park Theater, Las Vegas
July 2, 4, 7, 9 Park Theater, Las Vegas
July 14 Roxodus Music Fest, Edendale, ON
July 19 Twin Cities Summer Jam, Shakopee, MN
Aug 8, 10, 13 National Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Aug 16, 18 Borgata, Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 21, 24, 26, 29 MGM Springfield, Springfield, MA
Sept 21, 23, 26, 28 Park Theater, Las Vegas
Oct 1, 3, 6, 8 Park Theater, Las Vegas
Nov 14, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29 Park Theater, Las Vegas
Dec 1, 4 Park Theater, Las Vegas

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