City: London, UK
Venue: New London Theatre
Date: October 6, 1977

Setlist:
Tie Your Mother Down, Keep Yourself Alive, Somebody To Love, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Liar, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Now I'm Here, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been


                           

After doing the video shoot for We Are The Champions with members of the fan club in the audience, the band played an unexpected set afterward. The event was MC'd by Bob Harris, who announces to the fans before the video shoot that the band will play a special set just for them after a few takes of Champions. The fans are excited beyond belief by this proclamation, as it is a complete surprise to them. Between takes, Bob says there are extra cameras present to film a Queen documentary to be seen around Christmas or in the new year, but the documentary would never make it past the final editing stage.

A source has said that apparently a couple cameras remained after the video shoot to film the hour-long live set - one for long shots and one on stage.

1977 was a year of transition for Queen, and this unique live set gives a very telling glimpse of where the band are heading.

Sitting at the piano before Somebody To Love, Freddie says, "I must say, this is more interesting than doing Earls Court, I think," much to the delight of the few hundred on hand (most of whom probably attended the Earls Court shows!). Brian messes up the queue back into the song after Freddie's vocal solo and remarks afterwards that it was "A little rusty there, I think." Freddie then says, "It's right into the microphone," perhaps indicating that shouldn't have been said out loud. He quickly changes the subject and asks what the audience would like to hear next. Amongst the shouts are Liar, Great King Rat, Stone Cold Crazy, even the non-album track Hangman - and Freddie saying with a chuckle, "We've done We Are The Champions!"

The loose and experimental version of White Man / The Prophet's Song sounds much more like the middle section of (the not-yet-released) Get Down Make Love, because it's Brian's guitar that has the harmonization effects rather than Freddie's voice. This is the first time Brian would use the EBow on stage.

After a superb version of Liar, the band play the first half of Bohemian Rhapsody. After May's guitar solo, he launches right into Now I'm Here since backing tapes aren't being used at this show. This is notably the first time the high guitar parts aren't heard after "I'm just a" on playback (until now the sample from the album was triggered by the front of house sound engineer).

Overall, the band are in fine form, and they are clearly happy to give the fan club members a great set. Also worth noting is that this is undoubtedly the greatest live version of See What A Fool I've Been. Freddie sings it passionately and aggressively, a complete 180 from the campy delivery of the studio version. His voice is much more accomplished, having blossomed greatly in the year and a half since they had last played the song. This would turn out to be the final performance of the Seven Seas Of Rhye B-side.

In a radio interview done in Argentina in 1981, Roger Taylor reflected that Freddie had "improved by leaps and bounds," calling the early years of Queen "an incredible transition."

The first pic is the official invitation for fan club members to attend the event. Pics 1 through 5 were taken by Paul Holmes, who also scanned the Winter '77 fan club magazine pic. Pics 6 through 12 were taken by David King, and submitted by Mark Alexander. Both sets were colour corrected by Pittrek, and the latter set was furthermore worked on by Nino Trovato. The last pic was taken by Gillian Parry.


Recording length: 65 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Champions Shoot" (Wardour) silver

     
Track listing:
Introduction speech (with We Are The Champions initial playing) [cut], Speech, We Are The Champions (video shoot 4), Tie Your Mother Down, Keep Yourself Alive, Somebody To Love, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Liar, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Now I'm Here, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been


This 2006 Wardour release is a fantastic upgrade of one of the most unique audience recordings of Queen. Fortunately the entire live set is included on this version. It plays slightly too fast.

The initial playing of the tape of We Are The Champions (before they started filming) cuts out after a few seconds, and much else is missing from the video shoot, probably because Wardour didn't want to release a bootleg with the same song being played five times.

There are a couple great moments during the video shoot. After Brian says, "We'll have to try this a couple more times, okay?" an audience member, with plenty of excitement in his voice, says, "I don't care!" And after Bob Harris reveals that take 3 will be done with the cameras on the audience, and without the band on stage, someone else in the audience cries, "It's not gonna be the same without them!"

Here's a link to the always-reliable GS review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com


Recording length: 1 CD, incomplete
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Live For The Champions" (Crown Jewels)

 
Track listing:
Speech, We Are The Champions, Tie Your Mother Down, Keep Yourself Alive, Somebody To Love, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Liar, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Now I'm Here, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been


A CDR label called Crown Jewels released this bootleg in 2007. They used the Wardour version as their base, increased the volume to the point of clipping and distortion, added an assload of compression (and likely other digital processing), and changed the track lengths for good measure.


Recording length: 79 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: C+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Introduction speech, We Are The Champions initial playing [cut], many speeches and We Are The Champions (video shoots 1, 2, and 4), Tie Your Mother Down, Keep Yourself Alive, Somebody To Love, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Liar, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Now I'm Here, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been


This is a much higher generation copy of the audience tape, but it includes more speech from Bob Harris during the video shoot, as well as a couple more takes of We Are The Champions.




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