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January 4, 1985


Stabler Arena @ Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: Makoul Productions
Other act(s): Poison Dollys
Reported audience: (6,000 capacity)

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- From a local review: "The black curtain rose, and Aerosmith blasted into 'Rats in the Cellar.' Five years after having gone their separate ways, the band members didn't look a day older or move a bit slower on stage. And the near sellout crowd at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Friday night, was as enthusiastic as fans from a few years back, too. They were on their feet after the third song, when lead vocalist Steve Tyler invited everyone down to the front of the stage to get a closer look. Tyler, wearing tight, white satiny pants and a matching white coat with tails, adopted his usual stage presence, complete with multicolored rags hanging from his microphone stand. Prancing about in his Jagger-esque fashion and doing some very suggestive stunts with the mike stand, Tyler was as dynamic as ever. Sounding more heavy metal than on its last tour, Aerosmith still is unique enough to be set apart from the many metal bands which have followed in its wake. The Steve Tyler-Joe Perry combination provides a special bond for the band (lead guitarist Perry has rejoined the band after a solo career). The group's song lyrics are also rooted in the '60s and '70s, rather than being characterized by the bland repetitiveness found in many metal acts of the '80s.

The audience went wild when Tyler played harmonica. On 'Movin' Out,' Tyler proved he could still hit those high screams and screeches raunchy, sexy voice, also showed the Aerosmith sound to be intact. Perry took the spotlight for his version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Red House,' presented underneath, of course, red lights. Ending the show was a 10-minute drum solo by Joey Kramer who tossed drumsticks into the crowd during the evening. At the end of his solo, the crowd cheered for more. Kramer obliged and a few seconds later, the band also emerged. For the encore, it was the hit, 'Train Kept A Rollin',' a grand finale to the group's 'Back in the Saddle' tour. Judging from the age of the crowd, the concert was a kind of high school reunion for the audience, as well as for Aerosmith. The Boston-based band provided a one-hour 35-minute show of high-energy rock, proving it can still rock with the best of them" (Allentown Morning Call, 1/8/85).

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