On this Day (November 26)…Gary Moore at Mayfair

On November 26, 1982, Gary Moore played a concert in Newcastle as an early part of his Corridors of Power tour. This tour was done to support the album of the same name.

Poster promoting the tour. Retrieved from here.

The lineup for this tour was absolutely unmatched in talent. Gary’s fellow Colosseum II alumni Neil Murray and Don Airey were on bass and keyboards respectively. Since leaving Colosseum II, all had gone on to be successful musicians, leaving fusion jazz for harder rock sounds. They were joined on drums by Ian Paice, once and future drummer of Deep Purple, and John Sloman, filling in where needed on vocals and extra keys.

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Photo of the tour’s lineup. Clockwise from left: Ian Paice, Don Airey, Neil Murray, John Sloman, and Gary Moore. Originally from a 1983 Japanese tour program. Retrieved from pinterest.

The concert has been recorded, has not been officially released, and is in circulation online. The sound is quite excellent, too!

The Mayfair in Newcastle
Exterior of the venue, the Mayfair Ballroom. Retrieved from here.

Gary had been at the Mayfair Ballroom, the venue for this night’s concert, already in 1981 while on tour with Greg Lake. It was a dance and concert hall which had originally opened in 1961 (source) which in its time boasted several notable concerts, including Led Zeppelin’s first ever U.K. performance and Free’s last U.K. performance. It was built to hold 1,500 people.

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Interior of the venue from 1961. Retrieved from Wikipedia.

Sadly, the venue was demolished in 1999, upsetting rock fans from far and near.

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