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Sons And Fascination Tour 1981

The vinyl had hardly set for the the new album when Virgin packed the band off onto their most extensive tour yet. Warming up with a series of gigs across the UK, culminating at Hammersmith (where the band was recorded), they jetted off to the USA and Canada before flitting across to the other side of the world for their first visit to Australia. Then, the first leg of the tour was wrapped off with the usual Christmas/New Year shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

It was an incredibly successful tour, opening up new territories, and earning the band their first silver album awards (in Canada and Australia). New deals were brokered in America (with a one off album for Stiff) and signing to Virgin in Australia.

It was also their first, and only tour, with Kenny Hyslop. The new drummer didn't fit in with the others, so a new drummer was required for the second leg of the tour.

"In Australia, people were screaming for us to play encores. We thought maybe we could achieve a level of commercial success above most of the people we looked up to: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith."




Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, UK
August 28th, 1981
Support: Icehouse
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / This Earth That You Walk Upon / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / Factory / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / Seeing Out The Angel
Encore: The American / I Travel / Changeling / Sons And Fascination
All the UK gigs cost around 3. This was the band's first gig at the Odeon (it was billed as a Warm Up gig for the forthcoming tour) and their first with Kenny Hyslop.




Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK
September 6th, 1981
Support: Icehouse
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / League Of Nations / Love Song / I Travel / Celebrate / The American
This was the Futurama 3 Festival with Simple Minds as the headliners. It has been stated that Jim was unwell near the end of the gig, and the last song may be been played as an instrumental but this isn't confirmed by the bootlegs. The festival started on the 5th with Simple Minds as headliners on the 6th.

The concert was recorded by Virgin. Nothing has been released yet.




Rock City, Nottingham, UK
September 17th, 1981
Support: Icehouse
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / League Of Nations / Love Song / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / In Trance As Mission / I Travel / Wonderful In Young Life
Tickets cost 3.00




Apollo, Glasgow, UK
September 19th, 1981
Support: Icehouse
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / League Of Nations / Love Song / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Seeing Out The Angel / I Travel / Sweat In Bullet
This gig was recorded by Virgin. Nothing has been officially released yet.




Apollo, Manchester, UK
September 20th, 1981
Support: Icehouse



City Hall, Newcastle, UK
September 21st, 1981
Support: Icehouse



Royal Court, Liverpool, UK
September 22nd, 1981
Support: Icehouse
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / League Of Nations / Love Song / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Seeing Out The Angel




Odeon, Birmingham, UK
September 24th, 1981
Support: Icehouse

Many thanks to Clive for the picture of the poster.




Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
September 25th, 1981
Support: Icehouse
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / League Of Nations / Love Song / I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Seeing Out The Angel / I Travel / Sweat In Bullet
This gig was recorded by Virgin, but only some selected tracks have appeared as B-side material. The lack of releases could be down to the appalling sound that night, which lead to the instant sacking of sound engineer Billy Worton.
Sweat In Bullet single I Travel single Theme 4




East Side Club, Philadelphia, USA
October 16th, 1981
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / League Of Nations



Le Club, Montreal, Canada
October 20th, 1981




Le Shoeclack Dechaine, Quebec, Canada
October 21st, 1981




The Paradise Room, Ottawa, Canada
October 22nd, 1981




Fry Fogles, London, Canada
October 23rd, 1981




W.U Humanities Theater, Waterloo, Canada
October 24th, 1981




Concert Hall, Toronto, Canada
October 25th, 1981




Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
October 28th, 1981




S.U Building, Regina, Canada
October 29th, 1981




Martinsville Hall, Saskatoon, Canada
October 30th, 1981




S.U Building, Edmonton, Canada
October 31st, 1981




The Carribean Sands, Calgary, Canada
November 1st, 1981
Tickets cost $9.00 and the support was Popular Mechanix




Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
November 4th, 1981




The Cinema, San Francisco, USA
November 7th, 1981
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / Changeling




Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, USA
November 8th, 1981




Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, USA
November 9th, 1981
Main Set: I Travel / Celebrate / The American / Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet




Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia
November 13th, 1981
Supporting: Icehouse



Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
November 17th, 1981
Supporting: Icehouse




Cock And Bull, Canberra, Australia
November 25th, 1981
Due to huge public support and interest, the Australian leg was extended to a short pub tour. It started at the Cock And Bull, which was a sell-out gig in front of 350 lucky punters.




Cloudlands Ballroom, Brisbane, Australia
November 28th, 1981




Musicians' Club, Sydney, Australia
December 3rd, 1981
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / Room-Rock And Roll
Part of the gig was recorded by JJJ Radio for broadcast. A reel-to-reel tape, recorded by the radio station, is owned by a collector.




Civic Hotel, Canberra, Australia
December 6th, 1981
Support: Tablewaiters

Many thanks to Tony for the flyer.




Seaview Ballroom, Melbourne, Australia
December 8th, 1981
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / Room-Rock And Roll




Musicians' Club, Sydney, Australia
December 9th, 1981




Selinas, Sydney, Australia
December 13th, 1981

Many thanks to Clive for the poster scans.




Rock Ola, Madrid, Spain
December 20th, 1981
Main Set: ... Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / Room-Rock And Roll




Rock Ola, Madrid, Spain
December 21st, 1981
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / Room-Rock And Roll




Playhouse, Edinburgh, UK
December 22nd, 1981
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American ...




Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
December 26th, 1981




Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
December 27th, 1981
Main Set: Theme For Great Cities / Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / Sweat In Bullet / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / Room




Nite Club, Edinburgh, UK
December 28th, 1981




Tiffany's, Glasgow, UK
December 29th, 1981
Main Set: Sons And Fascination / Changeling / Thirty Frames A Second / Premonition / I Travel / Celebrate / Love Song / The American / This Fear Of Gods / Factory





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