We’re celebrating a huge moment in New England rock history. This week marks the 47th Anniversary of Aerosmith making their live debut, at a high school. We love the fact that a band that went on to be America’s best selling rock band got their start like most bands, playing the first gig at a teenage dance.


On November 6, 1970, took the show on the road for their inaugural appearance at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. This was almost the original line-up that’s still together today. Steven Tyler’s childhood bro, Ray Tabano played rhythm guitar, the following year he was replaced by Brad Whitford.  And with only one other line-up change in the early 80s, it’s still Brad, Tom, Joey, Steven and Joe after all these years. The setlist that night was mostly covers with two originals, Movin’ Out and Somebody from the debut album.

Nipmuc will forever be in the history books as the coolest high school in America. Freakin’ Aerosmith played there, man! BTW, tickets were like $1.25 in advance $2.50 at the door…crazy right?

Just 3 years later, they rocked live in Maine for the very first of many shows up here at UMO!


You can listen to that historic show too!

Watch this absolutely smokin' version of Train Kept A Rollin' from the Midnight Special in 1974!