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February 13, 1983


Brendan Byrne Arena
Meadowlands, NJ
Promoter: John Scher
Other act(s): Pat Travers
Reported audience: 16,773 **SOLD-OUT
Reported gross: $181,750

Set list(s):



- From a local review: "Aerosmith, one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970's, played its first engagement in the New York City metropolitan area in several years Sunday in the Brendan Byrne Arena, in East Rutherford, N.J. The band's absence from the concert scene, the result of a motorcycle injury suffered by its lead singer, Steven Tyler, had not appreciably diminished its largely teen-aged audience. If after 10 years and recording and extensive touring, Aerosmith's fans remain largely male and teen-aged, the band's music also remains resolutely pseudo-savage. Flouncing about in purple tails, Mr. Tyler offered his usual gawky parody of Mick Jagger, and his anguished over-wrought yelps recalled Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. But Aerosmith has neither the rhythmic of the Rolling Stones nor the dynamic control of Led Zeppelin. The music at Sunday's concert was a rhythmically overbearing sludge dominated by the drummer Joey Kramer's militaristic preening. Only twice, in the group's signature ballad 'Dream On,' and in the pre-rap rock song 'Walk This Way,' did Aerosmith begin to sound like a cohesive musical unit" (New York Times, 2/17/83).
- From a mainstream review: "Aerosmith has long been known as one of the hardest-rocking American bands on the concert scene. Yet in recent years, the band has been largely inactive due to a multiplicity of factors, not the least of which was the state of lead singer Steve Tyler's health. Touring now as a sextet, Aerosmith drew nearly 16,000 fans on one of the worst nights of the year. Forty-eight hours before showtime, the East Coast was paralyzed by the blizzard of '83. It seemed everything but rock 'n' roll stood still. Weather conditions or not, the Feb. 13 concert came off without a hitch. Aerosmith immediately established a rapport with the audience as Tyler cavorted from one end of the stage to the other. Newcomers Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, both guitarists, have joined forces with founders Tyler, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton. Super-session man Bob (Foreigner) Mayo played keyboards and synthesizer throughout the show. Opening with 'Back in The Saddle Again,' Aerosmith said little to the audience, but worked hard and well as a musical unit. Crespo, Joe Perry's replacement in the band, was impressive, unleashing long and biting solos between Tyler's vocals. Other songs performed early on included 'Big 10-Inch,' 'Reefer Headed Woman' and 'Cheshire Cat.' But it was clear the band had not yet reached its musical stride. After 'Lord of The Thighs,' the tall, lanky Tyler ambled to the front of the stage and announced, 'Now we're gonna shift into second gear!' And so, they did, as Aerosmith ran off a blistering string of hits including 'Sweet Emotion,' 'Dream On,' 'Lightning Strikes,' 'Walk This Way,' 'Milk Cow Blues' and 'Toys in The Attic.' With that, the band scrambled off, but returned for an encore of the Yardbirds classic, 'The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Billboard, 2/26/83).
- From another mainstream review: "The Boston-based quintet staged a lavish show with Tyler, un-mindful of his mishap, prancing around the stage in purple tails, and doing blatant imitations of Mick dagger’s antics and Robert Plant’s trademark high tenor shouting. The rest of the group was clad as loudly and as severely as their music would dictate. The majority of the show was devoted to high volume noise that seemed to lack cohesion. Even their self-proclaimed sole 'political' song, 'Three Mile Smile' communicated no message except possibly for the volume of a nuclear explosion. The best moment of their show came when they did 'Dream On,' their somewhat slower-paced 1975 hit. A light keyboard flourish added to its intro set the contrast for the tune’s more haunting nature" (Cashbox, 2/26/83).

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