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Thursday, 11th December 1980
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  • Location / Nottingham, England
  • Venue / Nottingham Boat Club

The first show by the band in this coastal seaport since February 1980 on the first UK leg of the tour.

The third time at this venue and second of two shows here in 1980.

Rick Allen would recognise this in December 2015 at the Nottingham Arena show by writing the #BoatClub1980 hashtag on his drum kit.

Another show on the six week UK club tour with Witchfynde and local acts in support.

The venue is located next to the River Trent and the City Ground stadium (home of Nottingham Forest F.C.).

It was opened in 1894 as the home of the Nottingham Rowing Club.

It hosted concerts between 1962 and 1982 including Led Zeppelin, Elton John, U2, Iron Maiden and T. Rex.

The building is now home to the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club.

Another show on a club tour to road test new songs written for the second album.

This was done as the band waited for producer Mutt Lange to become available which would not happen until March 1981.

He had been due to start working with them in October 1980 and when the delay continued Joe suggested this club tour.

Initially due to just be two shows in Chesterfield which was owed to the owner of the paper factory in Dronfield where they where writing and rehearsing songs.

The shows were opened by 'High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)' and 'This Ship Sails Tonight' was also played (later to become 'Too Late For Love'.)

'High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)' was used to open the shows on this tour with 'This Ship Sails Tonight' played for at least the first few dates.

The third of the four news songs is confirmed as 'When The Rain Falls' which would go onto become 'Let It Go' in March 1981 as they band began working with Mutt Lange.

The other song played could have been album tracks that made it onto 'High 'n' Dry' or songs already played in April like 'Lady Strange' and 'Medicine Man'.

Fan Photos.

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  • 00 - n/a

setlist - (Unconfirmed)

songs by album / single

show info

  • Tour - Def Leppard On Through The Night UK Tour 1980
  • Fan Recorded - none yet
  • Venue - No Website
  • Venue Address - Trentside North, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5FA
  • English County - Nottinghamshire
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Show Here - 23rd February 1980
  • Capacity - 250
  • Attendance - 87
  • Total Gross - n/a
  • Show Time - n/a
  • Tickets - £2
  • Promoter - Solid Entertainments.
  • Headliner - Def Leppard
  • Support Act - n/a

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