Aerosmith's Brad Whitford Talks Japan, New Tour DVD

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has opened about the band's experience touring in Japan, and the release of their new tour DVD, Rock for the Rising Sun.

The DVD is set for release on July 23, prompting Whitford to recall to ArtistDirect some early memories of the country:

"Our first time there was around 1975 or 1976. It was our first time playing in front of a Japanese audience, and it was really unique and different. We were used to playing in front of all of these rowdy crowds. They were completely the opposite, and they were very intent on listening to the music. We'd play a song. They'd applaud. Then, they'd go completely quiet anxiously awaiting the next song. They'd listen very intently through that with no noise," he explained.

"I thought, 'Wow, these people are not letting anything interfere with the experience.' We developed a great appreciation for that audience over the years," he added.

He continued: "Because of that element of appreciation for the music and their fondness for it, we have probably some of the most loyal fans on the planet there. If we're over there, we always travel around the country on the Bullet Train. We'll have an entourage of fans that will come and see every single show."

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