It's the 32nd Anniversary of Aerosmith bringing the Permanent Vacation tour live to the Civic Center for the first time. 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. They returned 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 sweatshirt) 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.
Aerosmith sold out the first night here in Portland 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 set from night one.


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