Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1986-01-31 (The Smiths concert)

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The Smiths Live Concert
Tour The Queen Is Dead Tour
Date 31 January, 1986
Venue Newcastle City Hall
Location Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Opening Act

Set List [1]

Concert Notes

This was a "Red Wedge" concert which featured Billy Bragg, Junior Giscombe, The Style Council, The Communards, Prefab Sprout, Lorna Gee, D.C. Lee, The Kane Gang, Alan Hull, Tom Robinson and The Smiths. Each act was only on stage for a short period of time, hence the brief setlist.
Vintagerock's Weblog cites both Morrissey and Marr regarding this concert:

Johnny Marr said afterwards: “The Red Wedge gig at Newcastle City Hall was one of the best things we ever did. Andy and I had done a couple of gigs already with Billy Bragg in Manchester and Birmingham the week before…I was telling Morrissey about it and he was fairly up for just doing an impromptu show. So we drove up to Newcastle, without telling anyone. I walked into the sound-check…the other bands were a little bit perplexed as to what we were doing there. We had no instruments, so we borrowed The Style Council’s equipment and just tore the roof off the place. In the middle of the set we just walked on to this announcement and the place went bananas.”

Morrissey said (NME, 1986): “…that was why we made a very brief, but stormy appearance. When we took to the stage the audience reeled back in horror. They took their walkmans off and threw down their cardigans. Suddenly the place was alight, aflame with passion!”

Concert Photographs And Memorabilia

References And Notes

  1. Set List provided by Passions Just Like Mine