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December 18, 1982


Hampton, VA
Promoter: Future Entertainment / Belkin Productions
Other act(s): Johnny Van Zandt Band, Fortnox
Reported audience: (13,800 capacity)

Set list(s):



- From a local review: "The near-sellout audience at the Aerosmith concert at Hampton Coliseum Saturday night screamed and applauded for a show that was little different than some of the mind-numbing rock extravaganzas of nearly 10 years ago. Although the niche in rock that Aerosmith maintains has received a lot of criticism, this kind of music will probably last as long as young people love screaming guitars, pounding drums and thunderous bass playing at such a high-decibel level that lyrics are usually inaudible. That's not to say Aerosmith doesn't do its job well. Although by now heavy metal has run into a dead end, rehashing cliched guitar riffs and rendering obligatory, long drum solos, these guys have as good a set of rock 'n' roll chops as some players who've achieved more notoriety. For instance, Joey Kramer, whose drumkit was surprisingly small for a player in his field, was a nearly flawless percussionist. Tom Hamilton handled his bass well too. But the show's highlights were the flamboyant performances of singer/songwriter Steven Tyler and guitarist Rick Dufay.

Tyler, whose pooched-out lips make him resemble Mick Jagger, played his role as the wild and raucous rock 'n' roll front man to the hilt, even pulling a girl onto the stage from the audience during the encore and embracing her passionately. Dufay was the band's image of the bad boy rocker, sometimes staggering across the stage and, at one point, actually turning an apparently accidental fall into a backward roll while still playing his guitar. Before changing guitars during one song, he actually threw the one he was playing over his head, letting it crash to the floor as the audience applauded approval. Basically, the set ran a gamut of material from the group's recordings, including 'Walk This Way,' 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Lightning Strikes.' Unfortunately, the sound mix had some of the same blurred quality that too often is part of heavy metal performances, rendering songs such as the boogie rocker 'Big Ten Inch Record' much weaker than the recorded version on the 'Toys In the Attic' album" (Newport News Daily Press, 12/21/82).

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