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February 22, 1983

Details:

Broome County Arena
Binghamton, NY
Promoter: Freefall Presentations
Other act(s): Anvil
Reported audience: ~5,500 / 7,200 (76.39%)

Set list(s):

Unknown.

Notes:

- From a local review: "The black velvet curtains parted, the lights came up on stage, and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler dug into his first line of the band's opening song, 'Back in the Saddle,' with a special vengeance. 'I'm BACK,' he screeched. 'I'm BACK in the saddle again.' Back indeed. After hearing the band's masterful performance before 5,500 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last night, you've got to believe that Aerosmith isn't just back, but Aerosmith is back and better than ever. With all that's happened to the members of the group in the three years since they last visited Binghamton, many thought the group had been put out to pasture. After the critical and commercial flop of its 1979 release 'Night in the Ruts' Aerosmith proceeded to lose both of Its guitarists — first Joe Perry, then Brad Whitford. To add injury to insult, singer Steven Tyler then suffered a motorcycle accident that seriously injured his heel. The time spent in a cast must have given him a chance to have his vocal cords restrung, because never in Aerosmith's 10-year career has Tyler sung with more confidence and control.

Dressed in silver Spandex pants with yellow leg warmers, a lavender waistcoat and a black peasant blouse, he belted out numbers like 'Lick and a Promise,' 'Lord of the Thighs' and 'Sweet Emotion' with surprising strength. Why Steven Tyler even hit those treacherously high notes in 'Dream On' that used to have him squeaking like an unoiled door hinge. Steven Tyler proved he can still do the Mick Jagger jiggle-alike better than anyone, scurrying across the stage and teasing the people in the front rows with his microphone. Newcomers Rick Dufay — the guitarist who replaced Brad Whitford — exhibited quite a knack for showmanship himself. Dufay soaked up the spotlight with a boyish charm, at one point he even carried Tyler around the stage on his shoulders. Seeing how Tyler's prancing brought comparisons to Mick Jagger and former guitarist Joe Perry's lurking presence brought comparisons to Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards, it's just a matter of time before Dufay's playfulness is compared to the Stones' other guitarist, Ron Wood. The addition of both Dufay and guitarist Joe Crespo seems to have pumped new blood into Aerosmith's sound. With the band's blues-based boogie combining heavy metal power with Tyler's crafty song writing, one can only hope they soon return to Binghamton. Those same warm feelings turn cold toward the opening act, Anvil" (Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, 2/23/83).

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