City: New York, NY, USA
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Date: December 1, 1977

Presumed setlist:
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, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen



 

   
   

After the first song, Freddie greets the audience: "Good evening, wonderful New York! How are you feeling tonight, you rock and rollers? Are you ready to rock with us?"

After Somebody To Love, Freddie is pummeled with roses from a few audience members, prompting him to exclaim, "It's like a carnival!"

Brian gets distracted for a brief moment before Love Of My Life. "There's our latest shirts over there." He continues, "We're gonna take some time off and try something a little different. We haven't done this before for you. This requires a lot of peace and quiet, and a little bit of concentration." Someone in the audience picks this 'appropriate' time to set off a few firecrackers, as was not unusual at concerts the 70s. Freddie and Brian still haven't completely worked out the new arrangement of the song. During the intro, Brian has to change keys, and he remarks, "That's better," before Freddie begins to sing the lovely ballad.

Freddie, before My Melancholy Blues: "Right, we have three songs in the sort of acoustic set. This is the third one, and I think I'd like to dedicate this to Ella Fitzgerald. She's here tonight."

Freddie comes on for the first encore of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions in a New York Yankees jersey, as the Yankees had just won the World Series of baseball in October.

Here are four reviews of the show, from Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and (probably) the New York Daily News. The third one is more of a personal attack on Freddie Mercury than a concert review.

Thanks to Rob Schoorl for sharing these reviews, as they particularly helped identify which pictures come from which night.

The first three pictures were submitted to Queenconcerts.com by Jeff G, and the last two were taken by Ed Rosenbaum and Steve Schechter respectively. A pro pic can be seen at http://www.rockrollphoto.com.

Here are a few pro pics (1, 2, 3) from this show.


Recording length: 117 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > Standalone CDR (1)
(transfer: Panasonic handheld cassette recorder > Denon cassette deck > Harman Kardon burner)
Track listing:
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, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock [cut]


This, the inferior of the two audience sources from this show (recorded by Rob Schoorl), is the longer recording.

It seems there was a security duck during Tie Your Mother Down, as most of the song sounds like the gear was put in the taper's pocket. Rob also recorded the 2-5-77, 11-17-78, 8-20-80, and 7-23-82 shows.


Recording length: 93 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > 1st Gen Cassette > WAV > CDR (1)
Track listing:
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, Spread Your Wings, Liar [cut], Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody [cut]


This is an alternate source with a lot clearer sound, but the taper (who also recorded one of the 11-17-78 sources) paused the tape between most songs to record as much music as possible, since they only had a 90 minute tape. As a result, most of the songs have a very slight cut at the beginning.

This recording captures the band sounding powerfully loud and aggressive, and captivating their audience like few others.


Recording length: 4 CDR, incomplete
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Rocks New York" (Trial)

     
Track listing:
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, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock [cut]

We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, 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, Doing All Right, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, God Save The Queen


Trial bootlegged both nights in a 4-disc package, using source 1 for the first night.


Recording length: 2 CDR, incomplete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Rock You In The Garden" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
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, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock


Breakdown bootlegged the show in 2011. It's currently unknown which audience source(s) they used.


Recording length: 4 CDR, incomplete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "MSG Two Nights" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
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, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock [cut]

We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, 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, Doing All Right, Liar, Love Of My Life, '39, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Now I'm Here, Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, God Save The Queen


Breakdown bootlegged the show a second time in 2012, but this time as a 4-disc set consisting of both nights at the Garden. It is unlikely that there is any new material here.




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