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April 8, 1979

Details:

Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Wilf & Rissmiller Concerts
Other act(s): Brownsville, Cheech & Chong, Van Halen, UFO, Eddie Money, Toto, April Wine, Boomtown Rats, Head East
Reported audience: 61,000 / 180,000 (33.89%)

Set list:

Train Kept A Rollin'
S.O.S. (Too Bad)
Mama Kin
I Wanna Know Why
Big Ten Inch Record
Bone To Bone
Lick And A Promise
Come Together
Back In The Saddle
Lord of the Thighs
Seasons Of Wither
Get the Lead Out
Chiquita
Walk This Way
Draw The Line
Same Old Song and Dance
Toys In The Attic
Milk Cow Blues
Bright Light Fright

Notes:

- The "California World Music Festival." Mother's Finest were on the bill but were a no show. Head East had been scheduled to perform on the Saturday but were bumped to Sunday's show. Mahogany Rush were scheduled to perform after the closing fireworks/laser show that followed Aerosmith's co-headlining (honors shared with VH) set but were cancelled with the audience exiting rapidly. This show was announced, and tickets went on sale, in January, but attendance only totaled 106,000 for the weekend with the promoter taking a $220,000 loss.
- From a local review: "Because coheadliners Aerosmith and Van Halen both deal in a numbing, high-energy attack, it was easy to think of their back-to-back appearances Sunday as a private battle of the bands. Would the Pasadena-based newcomer Van Halen be able to upstage East Coast veteran Aerosmith and thereby claim the American hard-rock title? The bands offered and interesting contrast. Both have flashy, crowd-stirring lead singers, but Aerosmith's strength is in the quality of its material, while Van Halen's main weapon on the stage is the guitar excellence of Eddie Van Halen. The one advantage Van Halen had going into the show was freshness. Aerosmith has been around here a lot with the same songs.

Even with that handicap, Aerosmith worked hard and overcame what looked initially like sure defeat. By coming on first, Van Halen drained the audience. Nothing during Aerosmith's set drew as much response as Van Halen's, but there was little the audience could offer except its presence. The fact that Aerosmith kept most of the audience in the Coliseum was a moral victory. So, the decision was clouded. Van Halen won — if you measure crowd response. But you've got to put an asterisk by the win. If Aerosmith had gone on first, the result could have been reversed. In either case, no one had to follow Aerosmith. With much of the exhausted audience already streaming out of the Coliseum, the festival staff decided at 11:30 p.m. to simply cancel the final act. It's not fair to ask anyone to play to an empty field" (Los Angeles Times, 4/10/79).
- From a trade review: "During the past year in Southern California, Aerosmith has played to 250,000 at the Cal Jam at Ontario Speedway, to 15,000 at the Long Beach Arena and to 1,000 at its special Starwood concert. The band has proven it can win over crowds at any size gig, and before the huge audience at the Coliseum, Aerosmith demonstrated its resourcefulness again, giving the crowd a solid dose of its swaggering, raucous rock 'n' roll. Steven Tyler and gang, with standards like 'Walk This Way' and 'Draw The Line,' brought the crowd up on its feet on several occasions, despite the fact that most of the fans at the Coliseum were weary and exhausted by the end of the show, slowly filing out of the Coliseum one last time" (Cashbox, 4/21/79).
- An AUD recording circulates from this show.

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