Aerosmith in Lowell

On November 6, 1970 Aerosmith performed under the name Aerosmith for the first time at Nipmuc Regional High School, now a middle school, in Mendon.

Just 3 months later, on February 27, 1971, Aerosmith performed at the Edith Nourse Rogers School in Lowell. At the time, the school was primarily a K – 8 school with Bilingual and Special Education classes. However, in the early 70's, Lowell High School was overcrowded, so Freshmen stayed at their Junior High Schools for the ninth grade. At the Rogers School, the overflow LHS freshmen used the 2nd floor classrooms on the South Street side of the building. In an effort to bring the LHS classes together, there were dances and concerts in schools throughout Lowell.

The future “Bad Boys of Boston” and their audience must have behaved because they were back at the Rogers School for a second concert on May 15, 1971.

From Pickout 1974: The 1974 Lowell Technological Institute yearbook

The band’s first album was released on January 5, 1973 and they returned to Lowell in the Fall of that year on Saturday, November 10. to perform to a much larger audience of college students and others at in the Costello Gym at Lowell Tech. Tickets were a bargain at $3.50. (In November of 2022, tickets for their shows in Las Vegas went for $280 to $2,999. Tickets for their farewell tour are $59.95 to $499.95.)

Below are links to articles from The Text, the student newspaper at Lowell Tech, November 12, 1973. (Keep in mind when reading these that the drinking age was lowered to 18 on April 1, 1973. It went up to 20 in 1979 and 21 in 1984.) -

Tech Taken Airborne By Aerosmith

Aerosmith at Lowell Tech

Editorial: Concert Time - Destruction Time

From Pickout 1974: The 1974 Lowell Technological Institute yearbook