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Thursday, 13th September 1979
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  • Location / Newcastle, England
  • Venue / Mayfair Ballroom

The first show by the band in this city since August 1979 on the Early Years tour.

The second time at this venue.

The band had headlined this venue in August and initially refused to play this date but were talked into it by their management.

The venue was located in the city centre just north of the River Tyne and a few streets from the larger City Hall venue.

It was opened in September 1961 and also sometimes called the Mayfair Suite.

The venue was demolished in 1999 and replaced by The Gate shopping centre.

A new pub and restaurant called The Mayfair Pub & Kitchen was opened in Newgate Street in 2019 but is not a concert venue.

The first of four shows supporting then ex-Montrose/future Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar on his 'Street Machine' UK Tour.

His album 'Street Machine' was released in September to coincide with the tour and featured the lead single 'Plain Jane'.

The band included Sammy Hagar on lead vocals/guitars, Gary Pihl (guitar), Bill Church (bass) and Chuck Riff (drums).

Show Story - 'Animal Instinct' Biography 1987

"(Frank) Stuart-Brown's major score at the time was the support slot on a four-date U.K. tour with American heavy metal shouter Sammy Hagar."

"The Leppards were paid a hundred and fifty pounds a night."

Fan Photos.

show intro

  • 00 - n/a


songs by album / single

show info

  • Tour - Def Leppard Early Years Tour 1979
  • Sammy Hagar Tour Name - Street Machine UK Tour '79
  • Fan Recorded - none yet
  • Venue - No Website
  • Venue Address - Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XA
  • English County - Tyne And Wear
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Show Here - 10th August 1979
  • Capacity - 1,500
  • Attendance - n/a
  • Show Time - 7:30pm
  • Tickets - £3
  • Total Gross - n/a
  • Promoter - Straight Music
  • Headliner - Sammy Hagar
  • Support Act - Def Leppard

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A view looking at The Gate shopping Centre where the venue once stood.

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