1981 – Saxon – Denim & Leather

Manchester Apollo – 13 October 1981
Support: Riot

My first gig at 13 years old. Can’t remember too much other than the incredible volume and the smell of patchouli everywhere! There was a power cut halfway through Saxon’s set and Biff came back on stage once power had been restored promising next time to bring some ‘fookin generators’!

Band line up:

• Biff Byford – Vocals
• Graham Oliver – Guitar
• Paul Quinn – Guitar
• Steve Dawson – Bass
• Pete Gill – Drums

Probable set list:

Princess of the Night
See the Light Shining
Play It Loud
Motorcycle Man
Midnight Rider
20,000 Ft
Dallas 1 PM
Hungry Years
Strong Arm of the Law
Never Surrender
Wheels of Steel
Heavy Metal Thunder
Denim and Leather
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Fire in the Sky

Tour dates:

07 October – Brighton, The Centre
08 October – Portsmouth Guildhall
09 October – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
10 October – Stafford, Bingley Hall
11 October – Bristol Colston Hall
12 October – Cardiff, Sophia Gardens
13 October – Manchester Apollo (note: original date scheduled for 23 October, see ticket above)
14 October – Ipswich, Gaumont Theatre
15 October – Sheffield City Hall
16 October – Sheffield City Hall
17 October – Leeds Queens Hall
18 October – Glasgow Apollo
19 October – Edinburgh Playhouse
20 October – Newcastle City Hall
21 October – Newcastle City Hall
23 October – Bridlington Spa Pavilion
24 October – London Hammersmith Odeon
25 October – London Hammersmith Odeon

2 responses

  1. Ola

    Myself, I was 14 when Saxon played in Brighton on the same tour. They had a new drummer who had rehearsed all night as Pete Gill was injured. I think Pete Gill never came back.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

  2. Michael

    Ah the good old days when £5.00 got you in.
    Money was real.money then and it was hard to come by as well!
    Brid Spa! What a place! 🙂

    June 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

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