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November 6, 1970

Details:

Nipmuc Regional High School
Mendon, MA
Promoter: Dave Meade / Nipmuc Sophomore Class
Reported audience: ~125

Purported set list(s):

Route 66
Rattlesnake Shake
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
Movin' Out
Somebody
Think About It
Walkin' the Dog
Live with Me
Great Balls of Fire
Good Times Bad Times
Train Kept A Rollin'

Notes:

- Playing a set of mostly covers, Tom Hamilton recalled: "We set up on the floor of the gym for their big dance and we were there playing the songs that we had learned so far. We played gigs at high school because we could play the songs that we wanted. We never failed to get an audience jumping. But, after a couple of years, Steven started writing with Joe, and gradually we had our own songs" (Telegram & Gazette, 7/13/12). They earned $50, though the show nearly didn't take place due to the band drinking and Steven liberating a Nipmuc Phys. Ed. T-shirt from a student's locker (which he wore for the show, and later). The band had been together less than a month by the time of this show and Steven and Joe had a big blow-up following the show with Joe being accused of playing too loud...
- Teacher Carl Olson recalled, "Most dances back then were record hops. Having live bands was kind of an unusual thing to do. Still, a group of students convinced me to hire the group. Joe Perry (Aerosmith's guitarist) is from nearby Hopedale and the kids were friendly with him so we convinced the principal to allow us to take 50 bucks out of the class treasury in order to pay them for the night" (Milford Daily News, 1/23/05).
- While managing Aerosmith, Dave Meade was a friend of Joe's who had persuaded him to be lead singer of his band, The Witness, before being shipped off to the Vermont Academy. The two would continue to play together whenever Joe returned home.

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