Back in the Saddle Tour

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Back In The Saddle Tour
Tour by Aerosmith
Legs 2
No. of shows 63
Aerosmith concert chronology

The Back in the Saddle Tour was a comeback concert tour by the American rock group Aerosmith, which had been relatively inactive for several years. The tour began on June 22, 1984 in Concord, New Hampshire and ended on January 18, 1985 in Columbus, Ohio.


Formed in 1970, Aerosmith was on hard times by the early 1980s. Vocalist Steven Tyler had been drinking heavily, and his voice had suffered. Lead guitarist Joe Perry was addicted to heroin. The relationship between the two most prominent members of the band had deteriorated to "hostility".[1] Discussing his relationship with Perry, Tyler said "I hated his guts. I said 'I never want to fucking play on the same stage with you again'."[2]

Joe Perry quit the band in 1979 and embarked on solo career with The Joe Perry Project. Guitarist Brad Whitford also quit to work with Derek St. Holmes and later joined Perry's band.[1] Most of Aerosmith's ventures without Perry and Whitford were unsuccessful. Many fans believed that this was the end of Aerosmith.[3]


In 1983, the original band members "started drifting back together".[1] Perry had kicked his heroin habit, and although Tyler was still drinking, he was in somewhat better control of himself.[1] Tyler had concluded that "Time heals all wounds. Joe is nothing without me, and I'm nothing without him."[2] They faced problems, however, as the "group had no current album or record deal."[4] To jump start their career, the band decided on a tour of the United States, considering as many as 70 performances.[2] In its final form, the tour consisted of 58 performances.


Doubts were expressed as to whether Aerosmith could make a comeback. "Cynics may suggest that the reunion dubbed the Back in the Saddle Tour is all the band has going for it. Aerosmith hasn't had a new album in two years."[5]

The tour consisted of two legs with a three-month break at the midpoint. The tour "got a roar of approval from loyal fans",[1] and it was described as "a rousing success".[2] The band's tour income was "estimated as high as $3 million".[2]


  1. "Rats In The Cellar"
  2. "Back In The Saddle"
  3. "Bone To Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)"
  4. "Big Ten Inch Record"
  5. "Movin' Out"
  6. "Last Child"
  7. "Let The Music Do The Talking" (On 12/31, Aerosmith performed the Joe Perry Project version)
  8. "Red House" "(The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover)"
  9. "Dream On"
  10. "Sweet Emotion"
  11. "Same Old Song And Dance"


  1. "Walk This Way"
  2. "Train Kept A-Rollin'"

Record contract[edit]

The success of the tour "piqued the interest" of Geffen Records[4] and "resulted in a new deal with Geffen."[6]


The tour was "deemed a success".[4] It did "what it was meant to do. Fans welcomed them back with open arms."[3] The tour "proved to be exactly what Aerosmith needed, launching the reunion on just the right note of organized mayhem."[2]

Six of the eight tracks on the album Classics Live II were recorded at the Orpheum Theater in the band's home town of Boston on New Years Eve, December 31, 1984 in the final weeks of the Back In The Saddle Tour. This album has been called "far more worthy than its nondescript packaging suggested".[2]

The band's successful career has continued for over 25 years after this comeback tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
First leg
June 22, 1984 Concord United States Capitol Theater
June 23, 1984
June 27, 1984 Weedsport Cayuga County Fairgrounds
June 28, 1984 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 30, 1984 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
July 2, 1984 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 3, 1984 Harrisburg City Island
July 5, 1984 Middletown Orange County Fairgrounds
July 6, 1984 Norfolk Norfolk Scope
July 8, 1984 Erie Erie Civic Center
July 9, 1984 Vaughan Canada Kingswood Music Theatre
July 11, 1984 Clarkston United States Pine Knob Music Theater
July 12, 1984 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
July 13, 1984 Springfield, Illinois Prairie Capital Convention Center
July 14, 1984 Charlevoix Castle Farms
July 15, 1984 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
July 17, 1984
July 18, 1984 Dayton Hara Arena
July 21, 1984 St. Paul Navy Island
July 23, 1984 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
July 24, 1984 Dubque Five Flags Center
July 27, 1984 Minneapolis
July 29, 1984 St. Louis St. Louis Arena
July 30, 1984 Kansas City Starlight Theater
August 1, 1984 Chattanooga UTC Arena
August 4, 1984 Worcester The Centrum
August 5, 1984
August 8, 1984 Philadelphia The Spectrum
August 10, 1984 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center
August 11, 1984 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
August 20, 1984 Phoenix United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
August 22, 1984 San Diego Golden Hall
August 25, 1984 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
August 26, 1984
August 28, 1984 San Bernardino Orange Amphitheater
August 31, 1984 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Second leg
December 3, 1984 Las Cruces United States Aggie Memorial Stadium
December 7, 1984 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
December 8, 1984 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
December 10, 1984 Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
December 12, 1984 Houston The Summit
December 13, 1984 Dallas Reunion Arena
December 18, 1984 Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise Musical Theater
December 20, 1984 Orlando Orange County Convention Center
December 21, 1984 St. Petersburg Bayfront Center
December 23, 1984 Orlando Orange County Convention Center
December 26, 1984 Glen Falls Glens Falls Civic Center
December 27, 1984 Providence Providence Civic Center
December 29, 1984 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
December 30, 1984 Boston Orpheum Theater
December 31, 1984
January 2, 1985 Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
January 3, 1985 Hershey Hersheypark Arena
January 4, 1985 Bethehem Stabler Arena
January 6, 1985 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
January 7, 1985 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
January 11, 1985 Merrillville Star Plaza Theatre
January 12, 1985 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
January 13, 1985 Muskegon L. C. Walker Arena
January 14, 1985
January 15, 1985 Lexington Rupp Arena
January 17, 1985 Carbondale SIU Arena
January 18, 1985 Columbus Battelle Hall


  1. ^ a b c d e Welles, Robin (January 5, 1986). "World of Music". Oxnard Press-Courier. Oxnard, California. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Huxley, Marti (1995). Aerosmith: the fall and the rise of rock's greatest band. Macmillan. pp. 128–130. ISBN 978-0-312-11737-5. 
  3. ^ a b Martin, Dale (May 2, 1993). "Fans haven't forgotten those 'Aerosmith years'". Victoria Advocate. Victoria, Texas. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Wilker, Deborah (April 15, 1988). "AEROSMITH SHOOTING FOR THE TOP ONCE AGAIN". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sharpe, Bob (January 4, 1985). "THE ORIGINAL AEROSMITH IS BACK, AND IT'S NOT JUST A NOSTALGIA TRIP". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "AEROSMITH BACK IN THE GROOVE, IT'S BEEN NO 'VACATION' FOR THIS ROCK GROUP". The State. Columbia, South Carolina. March 25, 1988. Retrieved April 21, 2011. 

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