|Tour by various NWOBHM era artists|
|Start date||1 February 1980|
|End date||2 March 1980|
|No. of shows||30|
The Metal for Muthas Tour was a 1980 concert tour headlined variously by Motörhead, Samson, and Saxon. Supporting the new wave of British heavy metal compilation album Metal for Muthas , the tour featured a large number of bands identified as the founders of the movement. During the tour, the three headlining bands were supported by twenty-two other bands, including a then-unknown Iron Maiden, who performed on the first 11 dates of the tour.
|1 February 1980||Aberdeen||Scotland||Aberdeen University|
|2 February 1980||Glasgow||Glasgow University|
|3 February 1980||Saint Andrews||St Andrews University|
|4 February 1980||Edinburgh||Tiffany's|
|5 February 1980||Grimsby||England||Central Hall|
|6 February 1980||Bristol||Romeo & Juliet's|
|7 February 1980||Wakefield||Unity Hall|
|8 February 1980||Huddersfield||Huddersfield Polytechnic|
|9 February 1980||Manchester||UMIST|
|10 February 1980||London||Lyceum Ballroom|
|11 February 1980||Mansfield||Civic Theatre|
|14 February 1980||Swansea||Wales||Circles|
|15 February 1980||Hitchin||England||Hitchin College|
|16 February 1980||West Runton||West Runton Pavilion|
|17 February 1980||Redcar||Coatham Bowl|
|18 February 1980||Birkenhead||Hamilton Club|
|19 February 1980||Oldham||Civic Hall|
|20 February 1980||Blackburn||King George's Hall|
|21 February 1980||Carlisle||Market Hall|
|22 February 1980||Newcastle upon Tyne||Mayfair Ballroom|
|23 February 1980||Leicester||Leicester University|
|24 February 1980||Sheffield||Top Rank|
|25 February 1980||Plymouth||Fiesta|
|26 February 1980||Cardiff||Wales||Top Rank|
|27 February 1980||Portsmouth||England||Portsmouth Polytechnic|
|28 February 1980||Wolverhampton||Wolverhampton Civic Hall|
|29 February 1980||Hanley||Victoria Hall|
|1 March 1980||Retford||The Porterhouse|
|2 March 1980||Birmingham||Top Rank|
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