|Date:||December 4, 1974|
Lynyrd Skynyrd opened for Queen at this show, and the audience, consisting largely of American GIs, liked the opening band far more than the main act. In fact, plenty of people left after Skynyrd finished their set.
Brian May's reaction after the gig: "We were just pouring it out and they were sucking it in, with nothing coming back. I tell you, for the first time in many months I felt like I'd done a hard day's work when I came off stage."
However, the second of these two reviews says the crowd warmed up to Queen by the end of the show: (1, 2)
Roger, in his typical outspoken manner, later recalled the experience of having Skynyrd open for them:
"They were awful. They were Southern rednecks and they could not believe it when they saw us four caked in make-up and dressed like women. They were outraged, confused, and a little frightened, because the four nancy boys were giving them quite a run for their money on-stage. God, Lynyrd Skynyrd! They were arseholes, frankly. When they played that song 'Free Bird' it seemed to go on for months. As I remember they had three lead guitarists. Hmmm, well we only seemed to need one. Absolute arseholes. Later on they had that terrible fatal plane crash, didn't they? Shouldn't speak ill of the dead... bollocks to that!"
Many thanks to Rob Schoorl for an article from Billboard magazine mentioning this show amongst others on the tour.