City: London, UK
Venue: Empire Pool
Date: May 13, 1978

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, White Queen, 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, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Liar, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen



                                   

This is the last show of the News Of The World tour. The giant crown lighting rig would soon be disassembled, and parts of it would be used for ELO's space ship lighting rig, which can be seen on their Live At Wembley '78 DVD.

The band are clearly having much fun during this set. They revive White Queen for the last night's sake, which would turn out to be its last live performance. Freddie mentions before hand that they're a bit unrehearsed (despite the fact that they ran it several times yesterday before the show). Roger almost misses the queue out of the instrumental section, but they manage to keep it together.

After a great version of Somebody To Love, someone shouts, "Keep Yourself Alive!" Freddie reacts, saying, "Are you kidding? You know we're gonna do that song, don't you? So stick around." He then starts to introduce Death On Two Legs, dedicating it to "the British music press who has taken a lot of beating the last couple of nights from us." He also adds that "they're fucking wankers" and that they "eat shit in the bath." Clearly Freddie felt well opening up to the hometown audience, although before then it was no secret that Queen and the press did not get along very well by this point in their career.

Freddie mistakenly sings the second verse at the beginning of '39, and takes a second to correct himself. After the song, he says, "While Brian's taking some time off to write a few new numbers for the next album [the audience find this amusing], John, Roger, and myself would like to do a song entitled My Melancholy Blues."

White Man is superb tonight, particularly from Mercury.

This is the last time Brian would play Three Blind Mice during his guitar solo. He also played it at the famous Hammersmith Odeon and Earls Court shows, among others.

Freddie holds out the mic part way through Liar for the audience to sing the appropriate part. Like many nights of the tour, the debut album track is performed instead of Stone Cold Crazy - yet another setlist Greg Brooks guessed wrong on for his second Queen Live book. He also omits Jailhouse Rock, which was performed, as always on this tour (although tonight it is closer to a 12 bar blues jam instead of the song proper as they had always played it).

The band swap the encores for the last night, and it is a major step for them as a band. This would be the first time they'd finish the show with We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, as they had finally garnered the confidence to finish their show with their own material (with the exception of the odd time they encored with See What A Fool I've Been in earlier years). On this night the band have trouble getting into the guitar solo of the former, but such a thing would never happen again.

At the end of the night Roger trashes his drum kit, a not entirely unfamiliar sight at a Queen show in the 70s (in fact, such an image would eventually end up being the cover artwork of his solo career box set).

This review of the show from May 20th Record Mirror mentions how Freddie tore the press to shreds during the show, and it's not hard to see why. This nameless reviewer accuses Queen of "relying on the on the golden oldies" even though they played seven of the eleven songs from their latest album. This second review isn't overly flattering, either.

Tonight would see the final performances of Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, The Millionaire Waltz, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, and The Prophet's Song. Liar would be retired from the set until late 1979.

The first photo set was taken by Philip Day.


Recording length: 79 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Cassette (x) > ? > WAV > FLAC
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, White Queen, 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, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo [cut]


This audience recording is not great quality but has a warm atmosphere, as it's the last gig of the tour at home in London.


Recording length: 79 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Cassette (x) > ? > WAV > FLAC
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, White Queen, 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, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo [cut]


This is a higher generation copy, but there are ten more seconds before Somebody To Love and ten more seconds of Brian's solo before the tape cuts out.


Recording length: 104 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Cassette (x) > ? > WAV > FLAC
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, White Queen, 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, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Liar [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack [cut], Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is a much more complete copy of the show, but it has been degraded to mono sound.

The last 9 songs (the ones that had not previously circulated) have less bottom end, and are slightly distorted. The guitar solo is missing from this copy.


Recording length: 119 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Cassette (x) > ? > WAV > FLAC
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, White Queen, 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, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo [cut], The Prophet's Song (reprise), Liar [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack [cut], Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is the longest circulating copy, but the transfer is quite overblown, and it becomes more and more overblown as the show progresses. One channel is muffled.

The quieter moments that don't give way to bass distortion suggest how good the master tape must sound.

All four copies of this audience tape have different quality and completeness issues, leading one to conclude the inconsistencies are by design by the taper or someone close to them down the line.




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