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Saturday, 25th July 1992
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  • Location / Auckland/Penrose, New Zealand
  • Venue / The Supertop @ Mount Smart Stadium

The first show by the band in this city and country.

The first time at this venue and first of two nights here.

The venue was located in the Penrose area of the city and stood next to the Mount Smart Stadium.

It hosted concerts from at least 1987 to 2006 and closed down for good in 2009 after fire damage and was sold in February 2010.

The venue was a temporary tent link structure (like a big circus tent) and this show took place at one end.

It had various names including The Super Top at Ericsson Stadium, The Supertop at Mount Smart Stadium, Super Top tent, Super Pop Tent and Big Top and could carry 20 tonnes of equipment from its roof.

For this show the sides of the tent were open which made it look like a roof with no walls (as mentioned by Joe Elliott on a UK TV show in 1993 - see Visualize).

Joe and Phil were interviewed on stage for local TV a few hours before the show.

During one of the interviews Vivian throws the band's monitor engineer Phil Wilkey's stuffed carrot or banana at Joe.

He had kept this on stage and by his monitor desk from 1983 all the way until he stopped working with the band in the 1990s.

Phil Wilkey is seen walking behind the drum riser during one of the interviews as Joe/Phil talk.

During the interviews they talk about the stage, touring, Vivian joining the band, the Australian tour, playing in NZ for the first time, how they prepare for live shows, their musical heroes, the fans.

In Phil's solo interview he gets asked what the band's name means, making videos, gets asked to explain Make Love Like A Man-with kids behind him and also tries to play Basketball.

View both videos in the Fan Videos section.

The band were supported by Push Push who formed in Auckland in 1985 and were first active from then until 1993 and have since reformed as of 2016.

Their bassist Steve Abplanalp recalled playing with Def Leppard in an April 2017 interview.

Support Band - April 2017 Interview Quotes

"The guys from Def Leppard were really friendly as well," says Abplanalp, as the band lapses into a bout of gig nostalgia.

"I remember getting stoned with Vivian Campbell somewhere in Herne Bay," chimes in Kane. "He played in Dio - like 17 years old and playing in Dio. He was a dynamite guitarist."

The band released a Gold certified and Number One album in 1989 called "A Trillion Shades Of Happy".

They featured singer Mikey Havoc, bassist Steve Abplanalp, drummer Scott Cortese and guitarists Andy Kane and Sayne Silver.

View photos of the venue from 1998 Metallica show here on their official website.

Fan Photos.

show intro

  • 00 - Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood Speech/Are You Excitable?


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show info

  • Tour - Def Leppard Adrenalize/7-Day Weekend Tour 1992/1993
  • Staging - At One End
  • Fan Recorded - none yet
  • Venue - No Website
  • Venue Address -
  • New Zealand Region - Auckland
  • Area Map - Google
  • Last Show Here - n/a
  • Capacity - 12,000
  • In The Round Show Capacity - n/a
  • Attendance - n/a
  • Total Gross - n/a
  • Tickets - n/a
  • Show Time - 7:30pm
  • Promoter - Michael Coppel.
  • Headliner - Def Leppard
  • Support Act - Push Push

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A view looking towards where the venue used to stand (next to the stadium).

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