Back in 2002, the band was towards the end of their Just Push Play Tour and the band played a real intimate show at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The band played more deep cuts then normal and recorded the show. The album was finally released over three years later on October 25, 2005 and went to #24 on the Billboard Charts. The band was the still the original guys with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer…and there was an additional player for this show and that was Russ Irwin on keyboards. The album was produced by Steven and Marti Frederiksen.
The set list for the show was an astounding 26 songs and out of those there were some great deep cuts they hadn’t played in a long while, but the bad thing was the whole show wasn’t released. The album release only had 11 songs and you would get 2 more if you had the Japanese Edition or the Target Edition as well. That is a crying shame and a massive defect with this release. I am not sure I understand why they didn’t release the whole show. Big mistake.
My copy of the album is the Dual Disc version with the CD on one side and a DVD on the other. The DVD side is only the Enhanced PCM Stereo audio of the album on DVD, but not the actual show. It also has 4 Special Live Video Performances and some Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Footage. There are two exclusive bonus tracks on the DVD that are the bonus tracks on the Target Exclusive Edition of the CD. The case of the CD is shaped a little different than the normal CD. There is a little button on the front that you push to open the disc. It is a cool version to have in the collection.
The show opens with the song “Beyond Beautiful” which is the opening track of the album they are touring on. It has that Middle Eastern opening same as the studio version. It was one of the only good songs on the album. They stick to that version here and it is a okay opener and the guitar work is great, but is it possible that Steven already sounds a little tired and out of breath and it is only the first song. Maybe it is just me.
The band kicks it old school with “Same Old Song And Dance” which they slay but do we need another version when there are songs they left off that hadn’t been released. Then they go in to “No More No More” off ‘Toys in the Attic’ which is one that hasn’t been released so this is more what I want. Then it is in to “Seasons of Wither” another classic song. As much as I love this song, I felt it a little lifeless here with no energy like something sucked the air out of the arena. Again, maybe it is just me.
After a handful of classics we get one of the worst songs off ‘Just Push Play’ with “Light Inside”…I’m sorry there is no light, only darkness. Then a saving grace when Joe Perry rips the riff on “Draw the Line”, finally some light! I guess it has become telling for me, I’d rather hear the old songs as the newer songs are so overplayed. Speaking of overplayed, shoot me now as we get “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing”…except this song. Then Steven pulls out the harmonica to show off his “Big Ten Inch Record” which is a great boogie shuffle.
Then we get the song that made Steven want to join the band and that is “Rattlesnake Shake”. A Fleetwood Mac cover that doesn’t get played too often so when we get it, thank you very much!! “Walk This Way” is up next and when you hear that drum beat and that riff you can’t help get excited and the crowd loves it. And so do I, always welcome as it is a fun sing-along song for me. Finally we get another classic with “Train Kept A Rolllin” and this one they could never screw this one up. A stellar, high energy track that shows off the great guitar work of both Brad and Joe plus Steve struts through those lyrics. A quintessential Aero track.
And that is it. Short but certainly not sweet. Still not sure why we didn’t get the whole set instead of some lowlights and very few highlights. The DualDisc CD is cool to have, but as far as a live album this is a very skippable one. They have better live albums out there and one to come soon. My Overall Score is a 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars as this is really for the collector and not for the fans as there is no point for most of this. If you want to skip it, don’t feel bad.
UP NEXT: ‘MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION’ (2012)
THE AEROSMITH COLLECTION SERIES:
- ‘Aerosmith’ (1973)
- ‘Get Your Wings’ (1974)
- ‘Toys in the Attic’ (1975)
- ‘Rocks’ (1976)
- ‘Draw the Line’ (1977)
- ‘Live! Bootleg’ (1978)
- ‘Night in the Ruts’ (1979)
- ‘Greatest Hits’ (1980)
- ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ (1982)
- ‘Done With Mirrors’ (1985)
- Run DMC – “Walk This Way” 12″ Single (1986)
- ‘Classics Live!’ (1986)
- ‘Classics Live! II’ (1987)
- ‘Permanent Vacation’ (1987)
- “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” (1987) – 7″ Single & 12″ Maxi-Single (Bonus Edition)
- “Angel” (1988) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)
- “Rag Doll” (1988) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)
- ‘Gems’ (1988)
- ‘Pump’ (1989)
- ‘Pandora’s Box’ (1991)
- ‘Get a Grip’ (1993)
- ‘Nine Lives’ (1997)
- ‘A Little South of Sanity’ (1998)
- ‘Just Push Play’ (2001)
- ‘Honkin on Bobo’ (2004)
- ‘Rockin’ The Joint (2005)