Aerosmith to celebrate 50th anniversary with Las Vegas residency

Aerosmith announce their North American "Let Rock Rule" Tour with a concert at the Whisky a Go Go nightclub in Los Angeles. Featuring: Steven Tyler, Slash, Joe Perry When: 08 Apr 2014 Credit: Bridow/

(WENN) -- Aerosmith are to play a Las Vegas residency next year to kick off their 50th anniversary celebrations.

The band, whose members met in Boston, Massachusetts in 1969 before playing their first gig together the following year, had planned to announce the residency on an appearance on the "Today" show next Wednesday.

However, guitarist Joe Perry spilled the beans a few days early in an interview on Sirius XM radio's The Beatles Channel.

"We're going to be doing a residency in Vegas starting next spring," Perry told host Dennis Elsas. "What we want to do is something that I haven't seen before... just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We're in the middle of the production now. What we're talking about is having an experience that you wouldn't be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour."

In the internet radio chat the guitarist revealed that he and bandmates Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Brad Whitford were planning to pay homage to their history with their Las Vegas shows.

"I feel like we've been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back, so the production is gonna look like that. But without losing what we are: a hardcore rock and roll band," he added. "We're having almost weekly conversations about the production and how we're gonna keep it true and honest to the heartbeat of the rock and roll that we play but still add an element that people will want to see.

"I haven't been this excited about a project with Aerosmith in quite a while," he added.

The exact venue where the iconic rock band will take up residence is yet to be announced.