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February 3, 1983

Details:

Checkerdome
St. Louis, MO
Promoter: Contemporary Productions
Other act(s): Pat Travers
Reported audience: 10,117 **SOLD-OUT
Reported gross: $103,555

Set list(s):

Unknown.

Notes:

- From a local review: "Between one classic and another Thursday night came nearly three hours of hard blues-based rock served up at the Checkerdome by Aerosmith and Pat Travers' Black Pearl. The bands originally made their names in the '70s when that brand of music was in its prime... Back in the saddle after their three-year hiatus from recording and performing was headliner Aerosmith. Both of Aerosmith's guitarists, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, left during the hiatus and were replaced. New guitarists Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay showed in this performance just how much the band has lost with the departure of, in particular, Perry's distinctive style. Lead vocalist Steve Tyler's charm and presence is as distinctive was ever. In his rags and tatters, his lipstick and mascara, he is a distillation of the worst aspects of Mick Jagger, Keith Richard and Alice Cooper. His onstage banter and, general demeanor are equally vulgar, tasteless and irresistible to his fans.

Interestingly, the absence of an inventive melodic foil for Tyler has brought the band's rhythm section out front. While not the best drummer in the business, Joey Kramer creates catchy percussive figures for the band's melodies and — as opposed to most heavy rock — interacts with bassist Tom Hamilton to form a rhythmic carpet as deep as funk. After their mid-'70s standards, 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Dream On,' and new numbers such as 'Lightning Strikes,' the band ended with the blues and rock classic 'Train Kept A-Rollin' in a version reminiscent of no one so much as Savoy Brown — clearly an early mentor of Aerosmith's undeniably successful old sound" (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/4/83).

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