|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 perform a one-off version of White Christmas. Later, for the first encore of We Will Rock You, the band's bodyguard comes on stage dressed as Santa Claus. Instead of the usual toys in Santa's sack, Freddie emerges from it in his silver lurex suit (as seen in the pictures above) where he then sings the song on Santa's shoulders. Prior to this Brian May plays a bit of Deck The Halls in his solo spot, which is greatly enjoyed by the audience.
Earlier in the evening, Mercury refers to the medley as a "cornucopia of delight. Something nice and pretentious, just for all the critics."
The performance is nothing short of ferocious from Mercury and the band, certainly one of the finest of their career.
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. The twelfth 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.
Liar, a staple in the set since the early days, would be performed less regularly after this tour.
A soundboard recording of this show exists. Not only did Greg Brooks transcribe the stage banter for his revised "Queen Live" book, the audio of White Christmas was slated to be part of the documentary in the 2017 News Of The World box set, but didn't make the final cut (Brian and Roger deemed the performance not good enough, which is a fair critique).
|Recording length:||88 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)|
|Lineage:||master -> cassette -> TDK D-90 cassette -> Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted playback -> Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Interface -> Pro Tools 10 -> WAV -> pitch adjustment -> FLAC|
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 [cut], Liar, Love Of My Life, White Christmas, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo
The quality isn't great for most of this one (although it certainly is decent in the quieter moments where there is no bass overload), but the legendary status of this show makes any recording of it a welcome addition to the collection.