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Friday, 26th October 1979
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  • Location / Newcastle, England
  • Venue / Mayfair Ballroom

The first show by the band in this city since September 1979 with Sammy Hagar.

The third time at this venue.

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 13 shows supporting AC/DC on their 'Highway To Hell' UK Tour.

They were promoting their 'Highway To Hell' album which featured the single 'Touch Too Much' an was produced by Mutt Lange.

The band included Bon Scott on lead vocals/guitars, Angus Young (guitar), Malcolm Young (guitar), Cliff Williams (bass) and Phil Rudd (drums).

The first night at this venue was cancelled due to a small fire but this second show was unaffected and went ahead as planned.

Show Story - 'Animal Instinct' Biography 1987

"The first night of the show was cancelled because of a fire in the hall. Chairs went up in flames and the smoke damage was so bad clean-up crews were unable to make the place ready in time for the gig."

Media review Quote - Sounds 1979

"Actually, it's easier said than done. Phonogram have laid on a trip to Newcastle to witness the band in action at the city's prestigious Mayfair, but an inferno is raging in the bowels of the building, and ten fire engines are fighting the blaze. Def Leppard have run for their lives and no one knows where they are. Rumour has it that they're staying in a bed and breakfast place somewhere in the suburbs. But where?."

Fan Photos.

show intro

  • 00 - n/a

setlist - (Unconfirmed)

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show info

  • Tour - Def Leppard Early Years Tour 1979
  • AC/DC Tour Name - Highway To Hell
  • 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 - 13th September 1979
  • Capacity - 1,500
  • Attendance - n/a
  • Show Time - 7:30pm
  • Tickets - £3
  • Total Gross - n/a
  • Promoter - M.C.P. (Midland Concert Promotions)
  • Headliner - AC/DC
  • Support Act - Def Leppard

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venue street view

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

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