From suburban Massachusetts, Aerosmith ripped open the '70s rock scene with loud, violent and lurid tunes built on a foundation of riffs lifted directly from the blues in the time-honored tradition of musical colonialists like Led Zeppelin and the Stones. Joe Perry's long-haired riffs perfectly complement lead singer Steve Tyler's sleazoid Jaggerisms in songs that run the gamut from girl group covers ("Walkin' in the Sand") to angry-robot Bowie funk ("Last Child"). A well-documented descent into drugs threatened to end their careers, but they returned clean, sober and completely digitized in the mid-1980s and continue to achieve an astonishing level of success.
Aerosmith Concert Films
Rock for the Rising Sun
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minIn March 2011 Japan was beset by a huge earthquake, a monstrous tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. In the autumn of 2011, despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought their "Back On The Road" tour to Japan, a country with which they'd always had a special relationship. The Japanese fans came out in their droves and Aerosmith responded with some of the finest gigs of their distinguished career. This film follows the band on that tour combining full length live tracks with behind the scenes footage which is at times touching and emotional and at others humorous and insightful. More than anything else it demonstrates the Japanese fans' love affair with Aerosmith and their music.