|City:||Boston, MA, USA|
|Date:||November 12, 1977|
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, It's Late, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Sleeping On The Sidewalk, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, vocal/guitar solos, The Prophet's Song, Doing All Right, Keep Yourself Alive, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen
This is almost certainly the longest show Queen ever played, clocking in at nearly 2 1/2 hours. They play thirty songs in all, including eight from News Of The World.
Sleeping On The Sidewalk is performed again tonight, and this performance of it was released as part of the 2017 News Of The World box set - or at least part of it, as there is a seamless cut just before the guitar solo and the tempo increases considerably, hence the non-specific "USA 1977" label. The banter before the song is certainly from this show.
On this tour, Freddie is seen in a leather jacket for the first time, as he is slowly building a more masculine image. He also speaks to the audience with less of the sophistication and campiness, and more of the general rock star attitude.
A couple reviews (1, 2) were less than kind. The writer of the former certainly has a point about Love Of My Life, as this was only its second performance and it did take a while for them to get comfortable with the song - particularly Brian. But they are wrong about Roger's vocal in I'm In Love With My Car, as he most definitely sang the song live every time. The fact that the opera section of Bohemian Rhapsody was on tape is what backfired, as many people assume to this day that other integral parts of the show were on tape as well. The second music journalist is very musically and culturally literate, and is much kinder about Queen's albums than he is about their show at this point.
Roger Taylor spoke about their concert philosophy in a 2016 interview: "We always tried to inject a certain... it was more about excitement live. There were lots of overdubs on the records, lots of multi-track voices, and trying to exactly reproduce that is kind of an impossibility without cheating. So we kind of went for the excitement in the live interpretations. Danger was our business."
The photos were taken by Waring Abbott.
Here are a few pro pics from the show: 1 2 3 4