April 19, 1975
Toys In the Attic
S.O.S (Too Bad)
Lord Of The Thighs
Walk This Way
No More No More
Write Me A Letter
Same Old Song And Dance
Train Kept A-Rollin'
Big Ten Inch Record
Walkin' The Dog
Notes: A major gig for the band, playing the biggest venue in their home town with a new album fresh in the record store bins. It must have been surreal for the band to play the Garden, a venue where they saw their heroes – Hendrix, The Stones and Zeppelin – play.
An ominous drone on tape before the band appears and the band is announced by road manager Bob "Kelly" Kelleher: “All right Boston, Massachusetts are you ready to rock tonight! What can I say? Let's all get together and give a warm welcome home to those boys from Boston, Aerosmith!” the crowd erupts and Kramer starts “Toys In the Attic” and the band off and flying.
This is the first known live recording of Toys In the Attic” and the cacophonous recording makes it hard to hear what's happening with all the band's members, but Tyler and the guitars are clear enough. It's then a return to two tunes from the first album before Perry starts in on the opening riff to “Adam's Apple.” Oddly, Tyler – who had to be coaxed by Perry to address the crowd during the band's early gigs – stops the guitar player. “Hold on, will you, hold on a second!” Apparently Tyler wants to explain the song to the thousands.
“This is something that brings us, way, way way back to the beginning. It ain't a revival trip, but it is. It ain't about Noah's Ark, but it is. It's about Adam and Eve and what we believe...and she bit into whatever it was that somebody said don't bite into...” Perry the starts the song again, the first known live recording of the tune. The volume washes over the blissful crowd, absorbing the new song with cheers and excitement.
“Sweet Emotion” also gets caught live for the first time along with “Walk This Way,” the latter played closer to the album version. Tyler sings the verse “Walk This Way” it like the album version, without the swagger that would come later. “No More No More” gets it's debut, with Tyler telling the crowd it's about “life on the road...” something the band knew all to well. “Write Me A Letter” gets a short piano solo from Scott Cushnie, who played on the “Toys In The Attic” album and joined the band for the tour. He also added harmonies.
Hamilton's bass is dialed up in the mix toward the end of “Same Old Song And Dance” to nice effect. “Make It” makes a return to the setlist as an encore on this night. “Big Ten Inch” record also is caught on tape for the first time, with Tyler saying AM radio had no interest in playing the song. “ Walkin' The Dog” closes out the show, a real red letter night for the band.
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