|City:||New York, NY, USA|
|Venue:||Avery Fisher Hall|
|Date:||February 16, 1975 - early show|
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, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen
Queen played two shows at Avery Fisher Hall today - their second consecutive two-show day.
A three-minute silent 8mm video of the early show exists - the oldest known US live footage (and earliest 8mm film) of the band. The filmer (bassist Ivan Kral, best known for playing with Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and Blondie) uploaded a portion of it (filmed during Father To Son) to YouTube in September '09. In his words: "I saw them open for Mott the Hoople [in 1974]. By this second tour, they had the air of superstars. Brian May - super nice, talented, great clothes. John and I discussed the perils of bass strings. Though Freddie's confident strutting commanded attention, Roger's hair was the talk of the town."
Once upon at a time, there were unsubstantiated rumours that there was an electrical field in the doorway of Avery Fisher Hall which would erase magnetic tape. If true, this attempt to combat unauthorized recordings would not have gotten far, as patrons with pacemakers may have experienced slight irregularities! Either way, the video from this Queen show survived.
According to this review, it seems Queen dropped Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll in the encore, as they had another show to play later in the day. Another review reveals that the little-known folk singer who had to step in at the last minute to play an opening set for the impatient kids was named John Quarn. Mahogany Rush was slated to open the evening show, but they couldn't make it in time for the early show that was later added after the evening show had sold out.
In the second review, Freddie opens up a lot. He mentions how difficult it is on his voice to do two show days, and he can't hide the joy he gets out of watching the writers in the front rows choking on the excessive amounts of dry ice. He also reveals that doing Big Spender was his idea, and that it wasn't easy to convince the rest of the band that it was a good and effective one.
Here's another largely unflattering review of either this show or the evening show.
The colour pictures were submitted by Nareg Mikaelian, and the black and white shots are from David van Dijk. It's uncertain which of the two shows they're from. These pro pics are from one of the New York shows as well.