Today’s Blimp Time-Hop: 2 Nights With Aerosmith in Portland
It's the 31st Anniversary of Aerosmith bringing Permanent Vacation live to the Civic Center! Our Portland shows were very early in the trek being the 8th stop on the tour. These performances are also notable because the band had recently finished stints in rehab.
Aerosmith showed Maine lots of love during their sober comeback with a couple nights in Portland on October 27 and 28 1987, then returning for an Augusta show two months later. In fact, they even came back to Blimpville again toward the end of the tour in August of 1988.
The photo below is from the Permanent Vacation show in our capital city on December 27, 1987. Backstage at the ACC, that’s my wife (girlfriend at the time) Sherry and me (in the Mickey shirt) along with our Augusta peeps, Shannon Kenney (next to Sherry) and Brian Rouillard.
And oh yeah, (left to right) Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Aero FREAKIN’ smith!! Just before the photo was taken, I said “Hello, nice to meet you” to Steven Tyler…he said, “Whoa, you gotta radio voice.” And I said, “whoa, you gotta screamin’ demon voice.” Thanks Steven, I bet you say that to all the DJs.
Check 'em out a few days after the Portland show down in Mass! Gotta love a hometown crowd!
Aerosmith sold out the first night and was pretty close on the second. They played 3 tracks from Permanent Vacation including Dude (Looks Like a Lady) which was new to the airwaves of WBLM at the time. They closed the night triumphantly with Walk This Way and their new Beatles cover of I'm Down.
Here's the whole list from night one!