Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising Sun

by Kevin Wierzbicki

Despite being advised not to go, Aerosmith went to Japan to tour shortly after that country's 2011 tsunami disaster and nuclear plant meltdown. No doubt the shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima and several other cities lifted the spirits of many and the footage found here is a collection of the best performances from various venues on that tour.

The presentation opens with a hot run-through of "Draw the Line" with singer Steven Tyler roaming the stage in full rock star finery, scarves fluttering and bangles jangling, while lead guitarist Joe Perry shows off his skills as a slide guitarist.

The guys add an extended jam to the midsection of "Love in an Elevator;" it's followed by an offstage segment showing the group at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum that appropriately leads into "Livin' on the Edge" and the opening line "there's something wrong with the world today´┐Ż"

Tyler breaks out the blues harp for "Hangman Jury" and gives drummer Joey Kramer a big kiss on the lips during his "Listen to the Thunder" solo; Kramer finishes his drum showcase by tossing his sticks into the audience and playing his kit with his hands, and to a lesser extent, his head.

"Monkey on my Back" from the Pump album is performed and "Movin' Out" is presented in Black & White but it is the band's very early material from the '70s that provides the meat of the show; "Toys in the Attic," "Sweet Emotion," "Rats in the Cellar," "Last Child" and "S.O.S. (Too Bad)" are all on the set list and the show closes with the double punch of oldies "Walk This Way" and "Train Kept A Rollin'."

There isn't much tomfoolery here; Aerosmith just rocks hard and demonstrates why they can sell out huge overseas arenas night after night and fans should not hesitate to add this excellent show to their collection.

Get the Blu-Ray here or the DVD version here.

For more details about the DVD, check out Morley's new interview with Tom here.

5 Star: Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising Sun

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