Wolverhampton is one of the four metropoliton buroughs known as the "Black Country" that lies just to the northwest of Birmingham. The term "Black Country" refers to the coal found in its soil as well as on the facades of its buildings. It is said to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
The Wolverhampton Civic Hall, affectionately known as "the Wolf", was built in 1938 along the same design lines as the Stockholm Konserthuset. A multi-purpose facility, it is used for anything from classical symphonies to rock concerts to graduation ceremonies for the sprawling Wolverhampton University with four campuses spread throughout the Midlands. For much of the 80's professional wrestling was broadcast live from the venue on Saturday afternoons. The Civic Hall was refurbished in 2000 following an unfortunate incident involving British television comedian Victoria Wood who vowed to never return again to the Hall after a lavatory cistern in her dressing room fell on her head.
On November 19, 1988, Rory Gallagher is said to have performed at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. According to the Wolverhampton web site however, the show was in the smaller, "Wolfrun" hall. Also included in this bootleg is a 1980 interview with Rory promoting his new live album, "Stagestruck".This bootleg contains one of my favorite versions of Tattooed Lady. So sit back and have a listen to industrial strength rockin' blues at "the Wolf" as Rory is set to prowl the stage in the heart of the Black Country.