City: Long Beach, CA, USA
Venue: Long Beach Arena
Date: December 20, 1977

Setlist:
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, 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


               
     

 

This is another fantastic late 1977 show. Without a doubt this leg of the tour finds Queen at their peak on stage as an artistic entity. Freddie Mercury's development as a singer is fully evident here as well, as he is dynamic and versatile - the thunder and the whisper, even amidst the heavier songs.

The beginning of Brian May's solo evokes the doppler effect of a 747 flying overhead. He's is migrating from pentatonic licks to more textural things in his solo spots on this tour, and it's resonating with people on this night because there's not a peep to be heard.

Here is a review of the first of two nights in Long Beach, submitted by Mike Tremaglio (amongst dozens of other articles and such).

The first two sets of concert photos were taken by Anne Creelman Garcia and Dan Hogle respectively (the latter was sitting in the second row). The last photo set was taken at a private party in L.A. after the show. One of them shows Brian May with Jane Padgett, one of a few young ladies who were hired to dance at the function. She and a couple friends would end up dancing on stage with Queen two nights later.

In front of Brian in the second party photo is Lita Ford of The Runaways. Here are a few pro pics from the party: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Recording length: 112 minutes (incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC
Track listing:
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, 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 [cut], 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


In 2020 a great sounding audience tape from the News of the World tour finally emerged, taped by the legendary Mike Millard.

The instrument separation is pretty well unparalleled for an audience tape, and literally every note is heard. This is credit to Millard but more so to their front of house sound engineer. This is one of the few Queen tapes that give insight into how truly fantastic they must have sounded live.

The top of Stone Cold Crazy is clipped slightly for a tape flip.


Recording length: 90 minutes (incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > Cassette > WAV > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
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, 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 [cut], Jailhouse Rock [cut], God Save The Queen


An alternate source exists in considerably worse quality.

Issues with a dub from the master done in the '90s rendered five tracks towards the end of the show impossible to be salvaged.




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