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February 1, 1983


Civic Auditorium Arena
Omaha, NE
Promoter: Contemporary Productions
Other act(s): Pat Travers
Reported audience: 5,428 / 6,000 (90.47%)
Reported gross: $54,516

Set list(s):



- From a local review: "Afternoon classes may have been canceled, but Tuesday's snowstorm didn't dissuade 5,421 fans from attending the evening Aerosmith concert at City Auditorium Arena. Only 500 ticket holders were no-shows because of the weather, Auditorium Manager Terry Forsberg said. An undaunted 700 bought tickets at the door... Their old hits — from 'Dream On' to 'Sweet Emotion' to 'Walk This Way' — were enough to coax the old fans back (although most of the crowd seemed too young to have seen any earlier Aerosmith shows). The band was without original guitarists Joe Perry or Brad Whitford. Replacements Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay didn't really pack their power on the oldies but held their own during the band's newer material. Lead singer. Steve Tyler was the main attraction, in black headgear, long lace coat (which looked more like a dress), a microphone stand draped with streamers and the usual antics. He's long been snubbed as a Mick Jagger imitator but he's in good company. His jumping around, spitting, theatrical facial expressions and an almost perverse preoccupation with bubble gum kept things on stage visually interesting almost all night.

Frankly, I was expecting a third-rate concert from a washed-up band. But the refreshing thing about Aerosmith is that after all these years, they're just as sloppy as they ever were. That is, they occasionally miss a beat or let their solos go way out of hand. But fans dulled by over planned concerts, where everything works like clockwork, got a chance to see a real rock band in action. Aerosmith fiddles around with the songs, changes plans, and allows things to go awry. The band still has the spontaneity that its successors in corporate rock have long since smoothed over. Aerosmith is actually fun to watch. Heck, they even brought back opening guitarist Pat Travers for the final song 'Toys in the Attic' and it honestly looked as if they hadn't planned it all out first... Aerosmith's encore was a cover of the Burnette Brothers' classic 'Train Kept A Rollin'.' I usually hate their heavy handling of it but even that sounded OK Tuesday. Maybe it was a pretty good show. Or maybe it was just nice not to be cooped up indoors on a snowy day" (Omaha World-Herald, 2/2/83).

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