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December 6, 1979

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Cumberland County Civic Center
Portland, ME
Other act(s): Scorpions
Reported audience: ~8,600 / 9,000 (95.56%)

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Notes:

- If the previous night's show bespoke a successful start to the tour, the band's luck didn't hold for long. This show was abandoned when Steven passed out on stage during the fifth song, "Reefer Head Woman." According to tour manager, Henry Smith, Steven "had not been feeling well and was unable to keep food down" (Boston Globe, 12/7/79) when he collapsed. Carried off stage by roadies, the show was abandoned, though it was soon rescheduled for Jan. 20. The band limped back to Boston so that Steven could see his doctor, though he suggests in his autobiography that he was simply falling-down drunk that night and no fainting was involved -- it being a tender mercy to euthanize the show as a matter of self-interest. He recalled, "Happened twice in my career that I was so soused and so dizzy that I became a fall-down drunk. Well, rather than fall down drunk in front of the audience and act like a pathetic idiot for an hour while they through apples at me, I said, 'Fuck this!'... I knew they'd never stop the show just because I was drunk, so I lay down and didn't move, as if I'd fainted. And to make it look convincing I twitched my foot spastically... I really did it good, and Joe Baptista dragged me offstage" (Steven Tyler, "Does the Noise in my Head Bother You"). A string of dates would be postponed, suggesting it must have been a pretty good hangover... though the tour resumed on Dec. 16.

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