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Sunday, 2nd August 1981
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  • Location / New Haven, CT, USA
  • Venue / New Haven Coliseum

The first show by the band in this city since July 1980 on the On Through The Night tour.

The second time at this venue.

The opening night of the North American 'High 'n' Dry' tour supporting Ozzy Osbourne and his Blizzard Of Ozz band.

The venue was located in the city centre.

It was opened in 1972.

The venue was closed in September 2002 and then demolished in January 2007.

The area where the venue once stood is now the 'Coliseum lot' parking lot.

Ozzy's band featured Ozzy on lead vocals, Tommy Aldridge on drums, the late Randy Rhoads on guitar and Rudi Sarzo on bass.

Rudi and Tommy would later play with future Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell in the touring lineup of Whitesnake during 1987/1988.

Ozzy guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash on March 19 1982 in Leesburg, Florida.

The light plane crashed into a house where the band were staying killing the pilot, band hairdresser and Randy (who was 25).

Ozzy had decided against going on the short flight himself.

Ozzy and his band had played on 1st August in the UK at Port Vale Stadium for a festival called Heavy Metal Holocaust.

They flew in on Concorde to the USA to make it to this show in time.

This tour leg was to be the last of their tour which had started on 12th September 1982 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Girl, featuring future Leppard Phil Collen, played a few dates with them in the UK and were initially considered as support for this tour.

The setlist is believed to be the same as the one played a few shows later in South Fallsburg, NY.

Four new songs were played from 'High 'n' Dry' with 'Lady Strange' having already been played during the 1980 tour.

show intro

setlist - (Unconfirmed)

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show info

  • Tour - Def Leppard High 'n' Dry World Tour 1981
  • Ossy Osbourne Tour Name - Blizzard Of Ozz
  • Fan Recorded - none yet
  • Venue - No Website
  • Venue Address - 275S South Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510
  • US State - Connecticut
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Show Here - 15th July 1980
  • Capacity - 11,171
  • Attendance - 8,600
  • Total Gross - $78,725
  • Doors - n/a
  • Show Time - n/a
  • Tickets - $7.50/$9.50
  • Promoter - Cross Country Concerts.
  • Headliner - Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzrad Of Ozz
  • Support Act - Def Leppard

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A view looking towards where the venue used to be.

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