home > tour history > 1980 > Retford, England #2

Saturday, 13th December 1980
Prev  |  Next
  • Location / Retford, England
  • Venue / Retford Porterhouse/The Porterhouse

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

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

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

The venue is located in the centre of the village.

It hosted concerts from around 1973 until at least the end of 1989.

The band had plated two shows here in July 1979.

The venue was usually called Retford Porterhouse, The Porterhouse or sometimes Porterhouse Club on concerts adverts.

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'.

Generation X, featuring Billy Idol, played here the night before on 12th December.

A planned show at Rotters in Doncaster for the 14th December was cancelled when just 3 tickets were sold since the tour was announced in November.

Fan Photos.

show intro

  • 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 - 20 Carolgate, Retford, NOTTS DN22 6BU
  • English County - Nottinghamshire
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Show Here - 9th February 1980
  • Capacity - 300
  • Attendance - n/a
  • Total Gross - n/a
  • Show Time - n/a
  • Tickets - £2
  • Promoter - Retford Porterhouse.
  • Headliner - Def Leppard
  • Support Act - n/a

band members


share this setlist:

venue street view

Venue building is shown at the end of this street with white bricks halfway up the front of it.

get def leppard news

Stay in touch with the latest updates.

explore def leppard tour history
All News
Tour News
Album News
All Tours