Now that we’ve dispelled the long-standing stereotype that Las Vegas is where great artists close out their careers, we can agree, and revel in the truth, that we have entered a golden age of resident headliners.
Exhibit A (and it’s most definitely a capital A) will be on display April 6, when Aerosmith kicks off its 35-show Deuces Are Wild residency at Park MGM’s Park Theater. “This band is the history of the rock ’n’ roll business,” boasts the show’s producer, Steve Dixon, who, along with director Amy Tinkham and Cirque du Soleil vet Giles Martin, has conceived a first-of-its-kind, THX-certified audiovisual “time machine” that will take fans back to the band’s founding in the form of never-before-seen recordings. “[Guitarist] Joe Perry had decided that he liked the idea of looking back at some of the original Aerosmith [sessions],” Dixon explains, adding that after he pitched the THX idea, “Perry immediately looked at Steven Tyler and asked him if he could imagine fans not only getting to hear their music in new ways, but actually feel it.” Deuces Are Wild features another perk not often seen in Strip residencies: an onstage VIP section with an unparalleled vantage point seated in the middle of the action. It will be worth it, Dixon promises, because “the show is going to rock the house, Vegas, and send shock waves across the industry.” VIP Onstage THX Experience tickets from $821 each, ticketmaster.com
Photography by: Photography by Zack Whitford