Aerosmith: 12/18/1984

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Aerosmith was playing two nights at the Sunrise Musical Theater, and I had gone the first night, which was awesome (click here for my memories of that show). I was expecting another great show, but was surprised by what I witnessed at this evening’s performance.

I had taken a woman I worked with, Lisa, to this show. I was interested in her and this was like our “first date.” I’d seen the show the night before, knew what to expect, and figured the way to a woman’s heart is through good music. What could possible go wrong?

The show started pretty much the same as the previous night, but that changed once the band started playing “Big Ten Inch Record.” This evening, Steven Tyler brought a stage prop along with him—a 3-foot dildo. During the song, he held it to his crotch and dangled it off the edge of the stage. At that point, two young women in the front decided to demonstrate their oral capabilities on the big rubber phallus. My first thought was: “That’s one way to get invited back stage.” I glanced over at my date; she did not look amused. The rest of the show and the seemingly long drive home felt awkward. Needless to say, we never went out again after that.

While this was not the most outrageous thing I have seen on stage, it was up there. I guess rock and roll is supposed to be outrageous, right?

Aerosmith: 12/17/1984

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I had seen Aerosmith once before, but it was during their low point. Joe Perry was not with them and Steven Tyler was pretty messed up. But then the original lineup got back together and they were all clean and sober, and they booked the “Back in the Saddle” tour. They booked two nights at the Sunrise Musical Theater, a small venue, so I figured I would have to see both shows. This stub is from the first night.

The concert was awesome! They opened with “Rats in the Cellar,” which totally rocked. Joe Perry had his guitar slung low while Steven Tyler pranced around the stage, screaming into the microphone. It was exactly what I expected from an Aerosmith concert and light-years better than the first time I had seen them.

The band dug deep into their song catalog, playing some choice songs that I was surprised to hear, such as “Movin’ Out” and “Lord of the Thighs.” They also played the hits you expected: “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” and “Dream On.” It was a totally satisfying rock and roll concert.

Now, I have to say that the second night was a little wilder. I have the stub ready and a juicy story to share about that show, so be sure to check back for that one.

I’ll leave you with a taste of the opening song from this show. Rock and Roll!