By: Gary Graff
Out today (July 23) is "Rock For the Rising Sun," a new DVD and Blu-ray documenting Aerosmith's 2011 tour of Japan in the wake of that country's earthquake and typhoon.
The title includes a 17-song performance as well as behind-the-scenes footage from a visit frontman Steven Tyler tells us was as important to the band as it was to the people of the country:
"We knew what was going on in Japan and whispers were coming in, emails about (how) the kids would love a concert and no one's coming over and playing. And that kind of pissed Joe (Perry) and I off because, y'know, Japan is one of our biggest markets...I was talking to Joe...'Let's just go over and play.' This is when people need you the most, y'know? It's kinda like going to war and the USO...gets people to play during the war....I mean, we are so f******* big in Japan it's crazy. And my love for the people is like, it's huge...I always talk to my fans over there and they were really surprised that we went over during the s*** storm they were getting. I guess we just didn't give a s***. We thought it was more important to cheer them up a little bit because of what was going on with all of it."
Tyler adds that Aerosmith didn't plan to film a DVD during the tour, but group videographer and "Rock For the Rising Sun" director Casey Patrick Tebo suggested it after the fact:
"When we got back from being in Japan on the tour, he was like a madman in his basement...He shows up in L.A. and he goes, 'Would you be interested in doing a full-length, feature motion picture about what you did in Japan?' And we said, 'Well, show us what you got' and he put together such great footage of us playing there...It was, like, six shows, right? Yeah, six shows, and all the songs we were doing, songs that we'd never done before. So hats off to Casey for doing this."
Aerosmith returns to Japan in August and plays the Harley Davidson Anniversary festival on August 30 in Milwaukee before heading to South America in late September and October.
Tyler will undergo knee replacement surgery later in the year but still plans to work on a solo album as well as to get a new Aerosmith project underway.
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