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April 23, 1983

Details:

Tangerine Bowl
Tampa, FL
Promoter: Beach Club Concerts / Beaver Productions / Cellar Door Concerts
Other act(s): Journey (HL), Sammy Hagar, Bryan Adams
Reported audience: 50,022 / 60,000 (83.37%)
Reported gross: $792,139

Set list(s):

Unknown.

Notes:

- From a local review: "The rain was hard, the mud was thick, and plastic garbage bags were selling for $1 apiece Saturday at the Rock Super Bowl XVII. Nearly 50,000 die-hard partyers and roll 'n' roll fans filled the Tangerine Bowl to hear the straight-ahead heavy metal of four of America's premier rock acts. The crowd huddled in the rain some of the fans armored against the water in their overpriced plastic bags — heaved mud balls and crumpled soda cups at each other between sets. They generally did their best to have a good time under the circumstances... The crowd was wet, but much happier after the [Sammy Hagar] set — happy, in fact, that it got a nice little mud and garbage-throwing fight going while waiting for Aerosmith to take the stage — which the band did an hour behind schedule.

As dusk fell, the schizophrenic violins of the soundtrack to the movie Psycho pierced the air as Aerosmith roared onto the stage for a jolting set of their Boston-bred rock 'n' roll. Although the sound was far muddier than it had been earlier in the day, vocalist Steve Tyler snarled his way through the distortion in a shimmering version of 'Back in the Saddle.' Brandishing the microphone stand as if it were a pikestaff, long purple coattails fluttering about his knees, Tyler's fine rock tenor soared through the band's best material. The chunky, pole-ax guitar chords of the band fueled nice and nasty renditions of 'Sweet Emotion,' 'Dream On' and the grinding blues-rock classic that made the band one of the country's best-known heavy metal acts, 'Train Kept A-Rollin''" (Tampa Bay Times, 4/24/83).

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