Whitesnake come an get it 1981 tour programme

Whitesnake come an get it 1981 tour programme


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Come An’ Get It, European tour 1981 Near Mint condition
335 X 240mm or 9.5 inches X 13 inches. 36 pages. Full colour. Photographs, text, support band information and album adverts.



Whitesnake’s career came to a crossroads with the release of their fourth studio album, Come an’ Get It, in April 1981 – a crossroads that delineated their fortunes on both sides of the Atlantic.

But in the U.S., nobody was listening, even though Whitesnake’s previous album, 1980’s Ready an’ Willing, had shown some signs of life, climbing to No. 90. But Come an’ Get It would come nowhere close to that. Even before MTV started introducing music fans to enticing visuals on a mass scale (the game-changing cable network would launch a few months after the record’s release), the States’ musical temperature was rising to unprecedented heights of excess and bombast in line with the ‘80s economic boom.

In light of these fast-changing commercial demands, Come an’ Get It’s blue-collar brand of organ-laced riff-rockers (the title cut, “Hit an’ Run,” the punchy “Hot Stuff”) and more melodic, soulful offerings (“Don’t Break My Heart Again,” “Lonely Days, Lonely Nights,” the somewhat folksy “Till the Day I Die”) recalled the ‘70s and not a new era.

Look no further than the album’s centerpiece, the dramatic “Child of Babylon” (which inhabited a place and time somewhere between Rainbow’s “Gates of Babylon” and Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying”) for proof. To put it in perspective, 1981 was ruled by polished, forward-looking AOR records like Journey’s EscapeForeigner’s 4 and REO Speedwagon’s Hi Infidelity.

In other words, Whitesnake’s career prospects, while showing nothing but positive growth back home and elsewhere, were still residing in a strange kind of commercial purgatory in the U.S. This state of affairs prompted a strategic label change (from the low profile Mirage Records to up-and-coming Geffen Records) ahead of the following year’s Saints & Sinners, which, in turn, seemed to ignite Coverdale’s ambitions to juice up Whitesnake’s sound to cater to Stateside audiences. To seal this transition, most of his original Whitesnake bandmates would be replaced by younger members before decade’s end.

JUN 9  1981  Whitesnake Set list:

Walking in the Shadow of the Blues
Sweet Talker
Ready an’ Willing
Don’t Break My Heart Again
Till the Day I Die
Guitar Solo
Mistreated    (Deep Purple cover)
Soldier of Fortune  (Deep Purple cover)
Keyboard Solo + Happy Birthday (to Jon Lord)
Belgian Tom’s Hat Trick
Drum Solo
Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
Would I Lie to You
Fool for Your Loving
Come On
Thank You Blues
Wine, Women an’ Song
We Wish You Well


14.04.81 Aachen Eurogress, Germany
15.04.81 Nijmegen Vereeniging, The Netherlands
20.04.81 Zürich Volkhaus, Switzerland
21.04.81 Geneva Patinoire Des Vernets, Switzerland
22.04.81 Nuremburg Neunkirchen Hemmerleinhalle, Germany
25.04.81 Hamburg Audimax [Auditorium Maximum], Germany
26.04 .81 Essen Grugahalle, Germany
27.04.81 Hannover Niedersachsenhalle, Germany
29.04.81 Cologne Sartory Saal, Germany
30.04.81 Offenbach Stadthalle, Germany
02.05.81 Mannheim Musensaal, Germany
03.05.81 Munich Circus Krone, Germany
04.05.81 Saarbrücken Kongresshalle, Germany
07.05.81 Stockholm Göta Lejon, Sweden
09.05.81 Esbjerg Stadion Hall, Denmark
15.05.81 Queensferry Deeside Leisure Center Wales, Great Britain
16.05.81 Leeds Queens Hall, Great Britain
17.05.81 Stafford New Bingley Hall, Great Britain
20.05.81 Liverpool Royal Court, Great Britain
21.05.81 Glasgow Apollo Scotland, Great Britain
22.05. 81 Glasgow Apollo Scotland, Great Britain
24.05.81 Newcastle City Hall, Great Britain
25.05.81 Newcastle City Hall, Great Britain
26.05.81 Leicester Granby Halls, Great Britain
28.05.81 London Hammersmith Odeon, Great Britain
29.05.81 London Hammersmith Odeon, Great Britain
30.05.81 London Hammersmith Odeon, Great Britain
31.05.81 London Hammersmith Odeon, Great Britain
05.06.81 Southampton Gaumont, Great Britain
06.06.81 St. Austell Cornwall Coliseum, Great Britain
09.06.81 London Hammersmith Odeon, Great Britain
22.06.81 Tokyo Asakusa Kokusai Gekijo Honshu, Japan
23.06.81 Tokyo Asakusa Kokusai Gekijo Honshu, Japan
25.06.81 Tokyo Nakano Sun Plaza Honshu, Japan
26.06.81 Tokyo Nakano Sun Plaza Honshu, Japan
27.06.81 Nagoya Shi Kokaido Honshu, Japan
28.06.81 Kyoto Honshu, Japan
29.06.81 Osaka Hall Festival Honshu, Japan
30.06.81 Osaka Hall Festival Honshu, Japan
05.07.81 Huntington Civic Center West Virginia, USA
07.07.81 Pittsburgh Stanley Theater Pennsylvania, USA
10.07.81 Atlanta Fox Theater Georgia, USA
12.07.81 Memphis Auditorium North Hall Tennessee, USA
14.07.81 Evansville Coliseum Indiana, USA –
15.07.81 Dayton Hara Arena Ohio, USA
16.07.81 Johnstown War Memorial Pennsylvania, USA
17.07.81 Buffalo Shea’s Theater New York, USA
18.07.81 Rochester Auditorium New York, USA
22.08.81 Castle Donington, Great Britain (Monsters Of Rock Festival)
26.08.81 Edinburgh Playhouse Scotland, Great Britain
27.08.81 Edinburgh Playhouse Scotland, Great Britain
01.12.81 Offenbach Stadthalle, Germany.
02.12.81 Paris Nogent Pavillion Baltard, France
03.12.81 Saarbrücken Volklingen Stadthalle, Germany
05.12.81 Hamburg Kongress Centrum Saal 1, Germany
06.12.81 Berlin Neue Welt, Germany
07.12.81 Dortmund Westfalenhalle, Germany
08.12.81 Münster Münsterlandhalle, Germany
10.12.81 Düsseldorf Philipshalle, Germany
11.12.81 Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar-Halle, Germany
12.12.81 Freiburg Stadthalle, Germany