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February 14, 1983

Details:

Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Electric Factory Concerts
Other act(s): Pat Travers
Reported audience: 13,721 / 14,063 (97.57%)
Reported gross: $123,442

Set list(s):

Back In The Saddle
Mama Kin
Big Ten Inch Record
Three Mile Smile
Reefer Head Woman
Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)
Lord Of The Thighs
Lick And A Promise
Sweet Emotion
Dream On
Lightning Strikes
Walk This Way
Milk Cow Blues
Toys In The Attic
Train Kept A Rollin'

Notes:

- From a local review: " Aerosmith's latest album, 'Rock in a Hard Place' (Columbia), has barely made a dent on the national record charts. Perry left the band a couple of years ago to start a superior band, the Joe Perry Project, and was replaced by Jimmy Crespo, whose agile soloing is as nondescript as Perry's was distinctive. Yet despite these signs of slippage, Aerosmith sold out last night's Spectrum show — the arena was packed, with fans braving the snow to cheer lustily even when their heroes didn't find the stage until nearly an hour and a half after the opening act, the Pat Travers Band, had finished. Indeed, Aerosmith is so popular in Philadelphia that another Spectrum date has been scheduled for Feb. 28, a rare occurrence in the midst of the current music-industry depression. This suggests that Aerosmith has become what is known in the pop-music industry as a regional act — a strong draw in some cities, a liability in others. This is definitely a step down from aspiring to be the American Rolling Stones, but it keeps one in electric guitars, I suppose.

Last night, Aerosmith concentrated on their best-known songs, tunes dating back almost a decade now; material from 'Rock in a Hard Place' was inserted here and there in discreet interludes. This is certainly the only band around that begins its show by playing Bernard Herrmann's music from the movie Psycho, but that's not all that makes Aerosmith notable. Tyler's Jagger mannerisms have become stylized and fluid: Dressed in tights and a flowing tunic, Tyler trailed the microphone stand behind him like a manic-depressive Hamlet — leaping and giddy one moment, somber and glowering the next. Aerosmith's music may be ordinary stuff these days, but Tyler is fun to watch" (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/15/83).
- An AUD recording circulates from this show.

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