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Nine years after last concert release, Aerosmith's still on fire

Aerosmith - Rock For The Rising Sun
Blu-ray/DVD Review

(Eagle Rock Entertainment)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
July 28, 2013

Review by Andy Argyrakis

Filmed in 2011 during Aerosmith's "Back On The Road" tour, the brand new Blu-ray/DVD release "Rock For The Rising Sun" finds the fellas in outstandingly fine form. The project not only marks the veteran rock n' rollers' first visual collection in nine years, but it also takes on the edge of being filmed at the Tokyo Dome following an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of a nuclear plant.

While the band was advised against the trip, the guys insisted the show go on and they seem to feed off the spirit of a community mending from tragedy. Aside from mentioning it from stage, the concert also features snippets of Steven Tyler and company hitting the town, meeting fans or media pretty much every step of the way and commenting on their continued kinship with the Japanese people (while also crossing paths with fans traveling from Australia, England and America specifically for the show).

As for the gig itself, the set list pretty much reads like a mix between its best loved hits and a handful of rarities (since this show pre-dated 2012's long overdue studio album "Music from Another Dimension!") but Aerosmith doesn't disappoint. Sure, "Draw The Line," "Love In An Elevator" and "Livin' On The Edge" have popped up in plenty of places before, but the band seems to be playing with a new lease on life in light of the city's circumstances and the fact it came shortly after Tyler took a break from his highly bemoaned stint on "American Idol."

By the time the group heat ups with bluesy deeper cuts like "Rats In The Cellar," "Movin' Out" and "Last Child," no one would even remember the singer sold his soul to a reality show, while his interplay with guitar god Joe Perry is nothing short of awe-inspiring by the time the band blows through "S.O.S. (Too Bad)" and "Walk This Way." Hopefully this highly heralded return will make members realize they're at their peak while working together and they won't let nearly another decade pass before the next Aerosmith project.

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