|City:||Toronto, ON, Canada|
|Venue:||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|Date:||February 1, 1977|
A Day At The Races overture, Tie Your Mother Down, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Sweet Lady, Brighton Rock, '39, You Take My Breath Away, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody, Stone Cold Crazy, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen
After the second song Freddie is pretty pleased that the band finally made it to Toronto, after their shows at Massey Hall in 1974 and '75 were cancelled due to his and Brian May's respective health issues. There's some gorgeous phrasing from Mercury throughout the show, like in White Queen and You Take My Breath Away. This is definitely one of his stronger shows in this period, nailing the vocal solo in Somebody To Love with precision and sustaining a lot of higher notes that he usually ducked out of. Musically it's a pretty spotless outing for the band as well.
A fan recalls the sheer excitement of seeing Brian May's tech with his flashlight guiding him to the stage in the dark, and how powerful the explosion at the beginning of Tie Your Mother Down was. He adds that during Thin Lizzy's opening set, part way through Jailbreak, Phil Lynott kicked over one of Queen's monitors and said, "We'll let Freddie and the crew worry about that."
Here are two reviews - from the February 2 Toronto Star and the February 3 Toronto Sun. Despite the Star reviewer's claim that there were sound issues, many people who saw the show insist the sound was excellent. The same Star writer also did this great piece on the band a few days before the show.
The second set of pictures were taken by Erik Cartar. Pic 6 was taken during '39, pics 15 and 16 were taken during In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, pics 17 and 18 were taken during Now I'm Here (Freddie is seen throwing roses, with the thorns plucked out one by one by a member of the crew), and pics 19 and 20 were taken during Big Spender.
Photos 24-26 were taken by Wayne Brauer, photo 27 is by Jerrold Karch, and the last set (taken incredibly from the grays!) is by Simon Crook. The backstage shots were taken by Michael Ochs.
|Recording length:||97 minutes (incomplete)|
|Lineage:||AUD > Master Cassettes > Nakamichi deck (azimuth adjusted; Dolby off) > Soundforge 10 > WAV 24/48 (Adobe Audition speed correction and tracking, iZotope RX EQ, wow and flutter reduction, pyaudiorestoration mixdown to mono) > FLAC 16/44 level 8|
A Day At The Races overture [cut], Tie Your Mother Down, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Sweet Lady, Brighton Rock, '39, You Take My Breath Away, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody, Stone Cold Crazy, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen
This tape emerged in 2022. Now I'm Here is missing.
A second audience source from this show exists.