|City:||Inglewood, CA, USA|
|Date:||December 22, 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, Spread Your Wings, Liar, Love Of My Life, White Christmas, '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 the final night of the tour. To celebrate it there are some holiday festivities on stage. First, during the acoustic set, Freddie and Brian performed a one-off version of White Christmas. Later, for the first encore of We Will Rock You, the band's bodyguard came on stage dressed as Santa Claus. Instead of the usual toys in Santa's sack, Freddie emerged from it in his silver lurex suit, as seen in the pictures above (and this one). He then sang the song on Santa's shoulders.
Earlier in the evening, Mercury refers to the medley as a "cornucopia of delight, something like that, anyway. Something nice and pretentious, just for all the critics."
The bulk of the pictures (and this pro pic) were taken during the outrageous second encore. Three hired belly dancers emerged, Queen's manager John Reid came on dressed as an elf, and crew members were dressed as reindeer, clowns, a walking Christmas tree and even a gingerbread man, among other characters. Blow up dolls and 5,000 balloons were dropped onto the audience from above.
The fifth picture is from the Spring '78 fan club magazine, and the seventh pic (later colour corrected by Nino Trovato) is from the website of one of the dancers, Denise Russo Heep. Another one of the dancers, Stasha Vlasuk, shares her story on her website. The third dancer was Jane Padgett.
The ninth picture was submitted by Leonardo Pelz. Until now, the sleigh had been all but forgotten by history. The last picture was submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli and colour corrected by Nino Trovato.
Here are two reviews of the show, from the Van Nuys Valley News and the Pasadena Star-News respectively. The fact that a backing tape is used for the middle of Bohemian Rhapsody works to the band's detriment in the first review. Their vocal harmonies sounded so good on stage that even the most positive reviewers like this one simply assumed other songs were accompanied by a backing tape as well.
Greg Brooks surely has a copy of the show, as he transcribed the stage banter for his revised "Queen Live" book (it's probably one of Brian May's raw soundboard tapes). An audience recording reportedly exists as well.
Liar, a staple in the set since the early days, would be performed less regularly after this tour.