For those of you not familiar with the event, the Texxas Jam was the nickname of an annual summer rock concert officially known as the Texxas World Music Festival held between 1978 and 1988. Over the years it was he held in either Dallas at the Cotton Bowl, and in Houston, at either the Astrodome or the Rice Stadium on the campus of Rice University and was intended to duplicate the popular California Jam II which was held March 18, 1978 in Ontario, California. The original Texxas Jam was a three-day festival held over the long July 4 weekend in 1978 and included both rock and country acts.
The lineup the first year at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas included:
- Walter Egan
- Van Halen (in only their second appearance in Texas)
- Eddie Money
- Atlanta Rhythm Section
- Head East
- Ted Nugent
- Cheech & Chong (wait, what?)
“Sweet Emotion,” as most of you know, by Aerosmith was on their Toys in the Attic album, which debuted in April 1975 and was released as a single a month later on May 19, 1975. You would also not be surprised to find out that it was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton. The song lead to a long run of hits and mainstream success for the band that would continue for the remainder of the 1970s.
Here they are, live from the 1987 Texxas Jam, it’s Aerosmith with “Sweet Emotion!”
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