Rock for the Rising Sun, the latest live release from veteran rock band Aerosmith is a nice addition to the library of any fan of this Boston based rock band. The concert film follows the band’s journey through Japan on the heels of some of the worst disasters that have ever beset any nation. Having seen a tsunami that wiped out much of the country and the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant all in one year, the people of Japan needed something to bring joy back to their country. Enter Aerosmith. The band brought its music to the people of Japan, proving once again that music truly is the universal language.
This latest release from one of rock’s most well-known and revered bands is an interesting live chronicle of the band on the road. It’s interesting to note that while the performances were primarily a show of support for the Japanese people, the concerts served a secondary purpose for the band. The recording’s accompanying liner notes state that before heading to Japan, an injury to front man Steven Tyler had suffered an injury during the band’s run of shows in Latin America. This led to at least one date being postponed so as to allow Tyler to recover. The notes go on to state that Tyler’s injury meant the risk of postponing more than just the one date. But being the legendary band that Aerosmith is, its members—Tyler included—soldiered on and played the previously held off date and even went on to Japan. This is a bold statement about the band’s dedication to its fans. And with the performances presented in this recording, audiences will see that dedication first hand. They will also see a respect for the people of Japan as the band spends time away from the stage during its tour. It makes this a tour documentary that any open-minded Aerosmith fan will appreciate.
There are those that have complained about how this concert documentary was assembled. Yes it is an assemblage of performances culled from the band’s tour. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Rather than forcing audiences to buy one performance or another, director Casey Patrick Tebo and Eagle Rock Entertainment have culled the best of the Japan tour for a full concert experience. The additional off-stage segments help complete the experience. It shows the band in full drive on stage and during its more relaxed moments. This isn’t the first “rockumentary” to ever be assembled in this fashion. Keeping this in mind, it negates the argument of those that would complain about the overall manner in which the film was assembled. Anyone that is open-minded enough about this will appreciate the full effect of the on-stage and off-stage moments.
The concert footage recorded across the band’s tour of Japan is a telling statement. Here is a band whose members are all in their fifties or older. So they aren’t able to move around the stage like bands whose members are much younger. But as the old adage states and as the band shows, “age is just a number.” The band still rocked out plenty of hits both past and present during its performances. Fans will enjoy the mix of songs such as ‘Mama Kin’, ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Toys in the Attic’ next to more recent hits such as ‘Boogie Man’, ‘No More No More’ and ‘S.O.S. (Too Bad).’ While it wouldn’t necessarily be considered a career-spanning set of songs, the set list included in this recording covers a relatively impressive swath of the band’s catalogue. It goes all the way back to the band’s earliest hit, ‘Walk This Way.’ This is just one aspect of the recording that fans will appreciate.
The set list included in the performances culled during the band’s tour of Japan present a good portion of Aerosmith’s catalogue. But what is a performance without the proper recording of the songs. That is another of the positives to this recording. The audio and video quality of the performances is right on par with other recent live recordings released by Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision. The use of the black and white adds its own element of nostalgia to the whole experience, especially as the band visits the site of the dropping of the A-Bomb. The emotion on the faces of the band members is so telling. Viewers can really tell that seeing the sight exactly as it was on that fateful day moved the band. By comparison, just as much enjoyment and energy is visible during the band’s time on stage. That same enjoyment translates with ease to home viewers. And it makes each performance and the entire recording that much more enjoyable. Rock for the Rising Sun is available now on DVD and Blu-ray in stores and online at http://www.aeroforceone.com/shop.cfm/pk/category/ac/detail/cid/313127/prodid/1653310. After fans order the new DVD and Blu-ray, they can keep up with all of the latest news and more from Aerosmith online at http://www.facebook.com/aerosmith and http://www.aerosmith.com.
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