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Tuesday, 18th July 1978
  • Location - Mosborough, Sheffield, ENGLAND
  • Venue - Westfield School
  • Event - School Dance

The first ever public performance by Def Leppard at a local school in Mosborough, Sheffield. The band played as part of a school end of term dance event. Located around 4 miles from the city centre. According to the 1987 biography Animal Instinct they were paid five pounds by a teacher, played for around fifty minutes and smuggled in some beer in the bass drum. The band line-up was: Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Steve Clark, Pete Willis and Tony Kenning.

The first song they played was an unreleased original called 'World Beyond The Sky'. The only other confirmed track was an encore cover of Thin Lizzy song 'Jailbreak'. An audience recording of this show exists on cassette but it has not been circulated and it's tracklisting/quality is also unknown. The show was hastily arranged by a local band friend and promoter called Bootleg Bill after Steve Clark had threatened to quit unless they actually played a concert. This had happened a few days earlier on a band holiday in the Norfolk Broads when they travelled to Ipswich to see a UFO gig.

Joe Elliott returned to Westfield in 1989 for the taping of a scene in the UK BBC TV documentary 'Rock Of Ages - The Def Leppard Story'. He was shown talking about the concert in the hall where it took place. The original building was demolished after a fire in 2007 and rebuilt as the Westfield Sports College about three quarters of a mile away in Beighton.

News Link - 18th July 2018

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show info

  • Tour - Def Leppard Early Years Tour 1978
  • Fan Recorded - Yes (Audio) - (Un-circulated)
  • Venue - Website
  • Venue Address - Westfield Crescent, Mosborough, Sheffield S20 5AQ
  • English County - South Yorkshire
  • District - Mosborough
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Show Here - December 1977 (Private Show at rehearsal space)
  • Capacity - n/a
  • Attendance - 150-200
  • Headliner - Def Leppard

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