City: Paris, France
Venue: Pavillon de Paris
Date: February 27, 1979


This is the first of three nights in Paris to close off the European tour.

Freddie dubbed a certain group of British fans the "royal family", as they followed the band around from city to city on this tour. One of them shares some memories of this show:

"One of the "royal family" threw a bowler hat on stage. It had written on it: "All the way from the UK to say we love you" in sneaker whitener. Freddie picked it up, put it on, and said, "The things you have to do for money," which is heard on Live Killers. For this show, someone also bought about 20 bicycle bells, brought them down on the first night in a carrier bag and handed them out.

Video footage of the first night exists. The only sure bit of available footage is a few seconds of Freddie thanking the audience at the end of the show. See the Paris table for details.

Pro footage of I'm In Love With My Car and Sheer Heart Attack was shown at the 2012 UK fan club convention.

Fat Bottomed Girls from this show was included on the soundtrack of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" film released in 2018. The second half of We Will Rock You may be from this show as well, along with overdubbed audience hand clapping. The last few bars of the guitar solo were overdubbed from the album (Brian played it an octave lower during this period, so they deferred the familiarity of the original).

The pictures seen above could be from any of the three nights, mostly taken by Jim Jenkins and Gillian Parry. Here are a few pro photos (Mercury is seen in the bowler hat in the last one):

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An audience tape exists from this show.

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