Aerosmith‘s latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, gets its release September 4. The film captures the band playing a headlining set to a massive and enthusiastic audience in June of last year at the U.K.’s annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park in Derby, England.
“I’m excited about it getting out there and having people see it,” guitaristJoe Perry tells ABC Radio. He adds that because the concert was filmed in high-definition, as well as being “lit specifically for video and having the sound mixed equally as well,” he considers the flick “a good piece of showing what the band’s about.”
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Alice Cooper and Joe Perry have every right to be jaded. Each has sold millions of records and chalked up hits over several decades. But their eyes still light up when they talk about the recent adventure they shared, recording with one of their childhood heroes.
“Paul McCartney just opened up an instrument case and there’s his Hofner, left-handed bass, the most famous guitar in the world,” Cooper says, grinning. “We were standing around it like Indiana Jones looking at it, like it’s got its own light source and our faces are melting over it.”
“I asked him a question about it, and he said, ‘Here it is. It’s OK. Pick it up,'” the Aerosmith guitarist beams. “I actually got a chance to hold it, and it was like the Holy Grail.”
“Paul says, ‘It’s just a piece of wood,’ and starts playing it and I said, ‘Holy crap!'” Cooper rejoins in his typically confident manner. “To us, that bass a symbol of how we started.”
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On August 28, 1975, Aerosmith released “Walk This Way” as a single from their landmark album Toys in the Attic, and we’ve all been rocking this way and that to it ever since.
The sudden, staccato, hard funk percussion that kicks off “Walk This Way” is one of the most distinctive, immediately recognizable, and instantly intoxicating intros in all of rock. Ignited first by Joey Kramer’s pop-and-sizzle two measure drum beat, Aerosmith axe master Joe Perry then spearheads rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton with a riff like that, right off, announces “Walk This Way” as one-of-a-kind.
From there, lip-flapping front-dervish Steven Tyler bursts through with a motor-mouthed onslaught of too many lyrics to fit in any one song that, with mesmerizing machine gun relentlessness, he manages to make it all seem inevitable—and electrifyingly so.
‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’ captures band in action at last year’s Download Festival
Having concluded their summer Blue Army Tour a few weeks back, Aerosmith are gearing up to release a new concert film, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, on September 4th. Available in various formats (Blu-ray/CD, DVD/CD, DVD/LP and digital), the film documents the band’s 20-song headlining appearance at the Download Festival at England’s legendary Donington Park in June of last year. We’re premiering a full-song performance of “Walk This Way” — a single originally released 40 years ago, on August 28th, 1975 — which shows off Aerosmith Rocks Donington’s snazzy, multi-cam style, plus intimate Joey Kramer drum-cam footage, gratuitous Steven Tyler pelvic thrusts and some formidable Joe Perry shredding.
In what’s a cross between a tribute to departed musical friends and an ad hoc supergroup, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry have spent the last three years creating an album inspired by a crew of rock star drinking pals. Titled Hollywood Vampires, the recording slated for release on September 11th features Cooper, Depp and Perry along with a Who’s Who of guest singers and players: Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger, to name some but hardly all. They offer takes on songs associated with their fallen pals and musical heroes sandwiched between new original tunes that explain the Hollywood Vampires legend.
Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at Donington Park in Leicestershire, U.K., in June 2014.
Below, you can check out a just-released clip of “Walk This Way” from the film, plus a another trailer.
Filmed in high definition, the concert film—which premiered in February with a successful nationwide theatrical run—will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. It’s available for preorder now.
The World Premiere of The SpongeBob Musical will begin performances on Tuesday, June 7th at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016.
The SpongeBob Musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision byTom Kitt.
The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigriniand sound design by Walter Trarbach.
Following its engagement in Chicago, the musical will open on Broadway in the 2016-2017 season.