City: The Hague, Netherlands
Venue: Congresgebouw
Date: December 8, 1974

Presumed setlist:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen



The Dutch band "Kayak" played before Queen, but perhaps not as the traditional opening act. Some members of Kayak have claimed that it was a 'double bill' organised by EMI records to promote both bands. Thanks to Jeroen Kooistra for the story!

There is a pic of Kayak's guitarist, Johan Slager, seen at this blog, with Queen's monitor (sporting the Queen II crest) in front of him. The photographer didn't take photos during Queen's set as he, like a fair number of people on hand, was a fan of Kayak, not Queen.

Mercury is timid after the first song. "Thank you and good evening, and welcome to the show. This is our first time in Holland, and I know you're going to like it. Yes? It's really nice to see you all. It really is. Right now we'd like to carry on with a number from Queen II; that's our album. And this is Ogre Battle." He delivers the song convincingly. After the audience quickly quieten down afterward, he remarks, "It's so quiet; you can hear a pin drop, you know, one of those things." They warm up to him a bit when they confirm they've heard of Queen II upon his asking.

"We'd like to do a sad number. A very sort of delicate, sad number, so you'd better get your handkerchiefs out. You know those things?" He then introduces White Queen, the third song in a row from their second album.

After the medley, he says (referring particularly to the musical complexity of Bring Back That Leroy Brown): "I hope that took you by surprise. I thought you thought we were a pop group. You know, pop." He says 'pop' in an almost condescending way towards the disposable nature of pop music, light years away from the overtly pop songwriter he'd purport to be in a decade. He continues, "We'd like to do something from our first album. Would you like that?" Someone in the audience promptly shouts out for Liar. "No, Liar will come later on. We won't go away without that. Right now we'd like to do Son And Daughter."

This review of the show (in Dutch) confirms that God Save The Queen is now being used as the exit music: http://www.queencuttings.com.

More pictures from this show can be seen in a Dutch book called "Voor Queen En Vaderland" by Edger Hamer. It has concert reviews, commentary by friends and Dutch artists, and a general focus on the relationship between the band and the Netherlands, a nation that truly embraced the band over the years.

A silent black and white video of Queen's first show in the Netherlands (apparently including backstage footage from before the show) has been rumoured to exist for years, but nothing has ever come of it.


Recording length: 43 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > cassette > Dutch convention silver > EAC > FLAC

 
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter [cut]


For many years it was rumoured that an audience tape from Queen's first show in Holland was out there, and its existence was confirmed in November 2011 when an mp3 sample was posted a Dutch website on the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death. A few months later it was promised that a silver disc of the recording from The Hague would be given to everyone who attended the 2012 Dutch Queen fan convention. The promise was fulfilled (with permission from Queen Productions) and several hundred CDs were distributed - 250 numbered copies for the visitors and 50 numbered VIP copies.

Only one side of a 90 minute cassette reportedly exists. The recording is very good quality and well-balanced, although slightly distorted. This is presumably from the master tape, but such details could not be confirmed.

Many thanks to Ernst from http://www.queenonstage.com for the scans.


Recording length: 1 CD, incomplete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Majestic Wintertime" (Godfather) silvers

 
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter [cut]


The audience tape from The Hague was included on this Godfather Records 2-disc package released in May 2013.




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