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Saturday February 16th 1980

friars aylesbury phase three - maxwell hall, civic centre, market square, aylesbury

Def Leppard
sledgehammer  witchfynde
related friars history (click on date)
 No related gigs
It Could be You; Hello America; When The Walls Came Tumbling Down; Rock Brigade; Overture; Answer to the Master; Sorrow is a Woman; Good Morning Freedom; Satellite; It Don't Matter; Wasted; Ride Into The Sun; Get Your Rocks Off
band line up
Def Leppard
 Joe Elliott (vocs)  Rick Savage (bass)  Rick Allen (drums) Steve Clark (guitar)  Pete Willis (guitar)
Andro Coulton (bass) Montalo (guitar) Steve Bridges (vocs) Gra Scoresby (drums)
Mike Cooke (vocs/guitar) Terry Pearce (bass) Ken Revell (drums)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)



Pete Bell, Friars fan from Weston Turville

"I remember Def Leppard in 1980 - Joe Elliot's tight leather trousers and all! The support band, Witchfynde had a very good single out at the time  'Give Em Hell' which is worth downloading for any old metalheads out there. The lead singer - Steve Bridges - wore a tassled leather waistcoat and really rocked out for a support band! Sledgehammer, the other support band were from High Wycombe I think and appeared on a compilation album, 'Metal For Muthas' with the song, um 'Sledgehammer'"

press cuttings

what happened next
Def Leppard made it huge in America and still tour today in Britain's biggest venues. On the way though the band had to deal with the tragedies of the death of Steve Clark and Rick Allen learning to play a special drum kit with his feet and one arm after he lost the other in a road accident

Witchfynde are still playing as at 2012 having split in 1984 and reformed 25 years later.

Sledgehammer appear to have finished by the mid 1980s

odds and trivia
official web presence
Def Leppard official site  Witchfynde official site
sound and vision
Def Leppard - Hello America
Witchfynde - Crystal Gazing

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