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March 5, 1983

Details:

Cape Cod Coliseum
South Yarmouth, MA
Other act(s): Enemy, Gary Shane & Detour
Reported audience: ~6,500 / 7,200 (90.28%)

Set list(s):

Back In The Saddle
Mama Kin
Big Ten Inch Record
Three Mile Smile
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: "What better way a group of salty hard rockers to end a comeback than with raucous party starting two songs into their tour's final concert? So, it was Saturday the Cape Cod Coliseum, as Aerosmith worked a crowd of 6,500 into a frenzy with a rowdy, musically freewheeling show often bordering on pandemonium. It began with a frantic version of 'Back in the Saddle.' Lead vocalist Steven Tyler — dressed in simple shirt and jeans instead of his usual flowing Edwardian garb — acted out the lyrics by riding his microphone stand while rhythm guitarist Rich Dufay took full advantage of his cordless guitar, executing dizzy spins and mad dashes across the stage. But the real mania started during 'Lord of the Thighs' when Tyler challenged a bottle-thrower to come on stage and take over the vocals. The dumbfounded culprit answered the challenge but froze at the mike and was quickly whisked off by a burly roadie. Meanwhile, Dufay was engaged in a wrestling match on stage with another roadie. His further antics included: tearing bassist Tom Hamilton's shirt and taking over the bass while Hamilton changed; tussling good-naturedly with Tyler; and hurling full drinks into the audience during the encore.

The actual music flew by with equally chaotic intensity, though there were a few sags. Tyler sounded as if he were being strangled when he reached for the high notes in 'Dream On,' and the band botched the transitions to 'Sweet Emotion.' But the overall performance featured instrumental flights zooming far above the bland, craft-conscious music of inferior hard rock bands. Lead guitarist Jimmy Crespo obliterated any lingering memories of his predecessor, Joe Perry, with solos that sounded like music from another planet. The riveting power riffs of Dufay and Hamilton were almost as galvanizing as those of AC/DCs rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and bassist Cliff Williams. And drummer Joey Kramer's solo spot — a convenient excuse to visit the rest room at most concerts — erupted into a tribal ritual. Tyler joined in on timbales and cowbell. Taking a page from Led Zeppelin's late drummer John Bonham, Kramer ended the solo by playing with his bare hands. Arena hard rock rarely functions as anything more than passive entertainment for the masses. But Aerosmith proved that the times uncontrollable power of rock 'n' roll emanates from the spirit, not from the amplifiers" (Boston Globe, 3/7/83).
- An AUD recording circulates from this show.

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