This was the hardest- rocking and most notorious of all World Series of Rock concerts.
AC/DC was the opening act. It was their final Cleveland appearance with Bon Scott as the band’s lead vocalist. The band released their Highway to Hell album the following week though we had managed to score an exclusive advance release prior to the concert (the local label rep didn’t even have a copy yet).
Journey’s second album with Steve Perry, Evolution, was released a month earlier. I believe this show was Journey’s last as a supporting act.
This was Ted Nugent’s first tour with new band members. Vocalist and guitarist Derek St. Holmes was replaced by Charlie Huhn and bassist Rob Grange by David Kiswiney. Few took notice of the personnel change.
Cleveland had been quite forgiving of Aerosmith considering that throughout most of the seventies they habitually cancelled their Cleveland concerts at the last minute – including a low-priced mea culpa concert at Music Hall. That one was set up a year earlier by the band with WMMS to express regret for their prior cancellations.