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, and 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.

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."

It's Late and White Man are superb versions tonight.

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.

Liar 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.

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). The band have trouble getting into the guitar solo of the former.

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 on their latest album. This second review isn't overly flattering, either.

Tonight's performance of White Queen is the last time a track from Queen II would be heard on stage for many years. With the exception of resurrecting a portion of Seven Seas Of Rhye for the Works tour in 1984, their sophomore effort would be all but forgotten by the band for the remainder of their concert career.

Tonight would also be 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 pictures were taken by Philip Day.


Recording length: 79 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
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 recording has a very warm atmosphere, as it's the last gig of the tour, and at home in London.


Recording length: 79 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
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 gen copy, but there are ten more seconds of Brian's solo before the tape cuts out.




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