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39 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD Officially Start PYROMANIA World Tour In BELFAST (Photos)

Def Leppard 1983. Def Leppard 1983

Def Leppard played the first official show of the Pyromania world tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland on this day 39 years ago in 1983.

The show took place at Ulster Hall and was also the first ever visit to the country.

This was the first official show of the tour following two warm=up dates.

The 9th February 1983 show in London and The Marquee Club had been the first with then new member Phil Collen.

It was followed up by the first Irish show in Dublin and the small T.V. Club venue.

The first big show then took place in Belfast at a venue where future guitarist Vivian Campbell had seen his first ever live show.

This show was also one of the few, and possible only, show where Joe wore a Leopard Print shirt before switching to the more familiar Union Jack one seen throughout 1983 and in the 'Photograph' promo video.

49 high quality photos from the show are available - see links below to Hot Rock Pix and quotes by Joe.

And view the tour story about Phil's first show.

49 Photos @ Hot Rock Pix

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"Further North, in Belfast, Def Leppard officially inaugurated the Pyromania tour with a show at Ulster Hall."

"The first show the band had ever played in trouble torn Northern Ireland."

"It was the most amazing gig." Joe exclaims. "Those kids really loved it. They went absolutely mad."

"Toilet rolls were being thrown all over the place."

"We even ended up with a toilet seat on stage."

"Jackets were coming off all over the place, but there were no fights."

"They were just charging, all drunk and cheering and shouting and screaming."

"Belfast was definitely a winner."

Def Leppard 1983.

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