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Def Leppard Tour History Fan Archive.
Reading Rock Festival, Richfield Avenue, Reading, ENGLAND  England.

Sunday, 24th August 1980

Show Notes

The first show by the band in this city. The first appearance by the band at a major UK festival. At the time this festival was more of a genre rock festival and not widely reported on outside of the few rock magazines at the time. A listen to the audience recording tells you they got a decent response and even got the crowd singing along. The stories of being bottled off are exaggerated (see Joe's comment in the media section). Also forgotten is that this was a festival crowd and the majority of fans were non-Lep and there to see Whitesnake/Slade.

The show should be more notable for the fact that they play a very rare song called 'Long Way From Home' never recorded on record or released officially. They also played 'Medicine Man' which became 'Rock! Rock!' and the pre High 'N' Dry version of 'Lady Strange'. 'Me and My Wine' also featured as an (at the time) unreleased song - later released as a b-side to 'BOTH' and remixed for the 1984 'High 'n' Dry' re-release. 'Satellite/WTWCTD/MM/Overture/Lady Strange' and 'Rocks Off' were recorded by the BBC In Concert Show broadcast a week later (as indicated on the setlist). The full show was also recorded by an audience member.

A section of 'When The Walls Came Tumbling Down' was played during 'Satellite' as a medley. During "Satellite" the band went into "When The Walls..." after 1:45 from the heavy section 'all the women were captured and chained...' before going back into Satellite after 4mins. This is split on the radio recording so 'WTWCTD' has the end of 'Satellite'. So the audience recording shows 13 tracks and not 14.

  • Tour - On Through The Night
  • Fan Recorded - Yes (Audio)
  • Venue Website - Here
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Played City - n/a
  • Capacity - 40,000
  • Attendance - n/a
  • Headliner - Whitesnake
  • Support Act - Def Leppard
  • Support Act - Slade (in place of Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Support Act - Budgie
  • Support Act - Magnum
  • Support Act - Tygers Of Pan Tang
  • Support Act - Angel Witch
  • Support Act - Girl (featuring Phil Collen)