News of the World Tour

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News of the World Tour
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World tour by Queen
Associated album News of the World
Start date 6 October 1977
End date 13 May 1978
Legs 2
Shows 26 in North America
21 in Europe
46 in Total
Queen concert chronology
A Day at the Races Tour
(1977)
News of the World Tour
(1977-78)
Jazz Tour
(1978-79)

The News of the World Tour was a concert tour by the British rock band Queen, and supported their successful 1977 album News of the World.

This tour was the first to use the songs We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions and Love of My Life, three of the famous anthems that helped make Queen well known for their concerts. It was also the first time the band toured without an opening act.[1]

In the book The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience, novelist Tracy Chevalier recalls attending one of this tour's concerts at the age of 15:

The band wisely didn't dare attempt to reproduce in its entirety the long, baroque confection that is Bohemian Rhapsody. For the infamous operatic middle section, the band members left the stage as the studio recording played. Freddie and Brian then changed costume, and, at the word "Beelzebub", all four men popped out of a door in the stage floor and joined live again for the heavy metal section, fireworks going off, dry ice pouring out, everyone going berserk, me in tears of excitement. It was one of the best live moments I've ever witnessed. Indeed, I was spoiled by seeing Queen play live before anyone else; for sheer exuberant theatricality, no one else has come close.[2]

Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times called this concert tour the band's "most spectacularly staged and finely honed show yet".[1]

One of the shows on the North American leg at The Summit in Houston, Texas was filmed and is widely availabile among fans. The Houston concert is considered one of their best bootleg recordings.[3] Also, that show saw the band not play "Spread Your Wings" and was the one show where Brian May did his guitar solo spot in normal tuning as the solo would segue into "Now I'm Here" instead of "The Prophet's Song (Reprise)". Spread Your Wings was played after Your My Best Friend, you can see an edit on the video. Queen live by Greg Brooks states Spread Your wings was played at this concert. KE>

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
6 October 1977 London England New London Theatre Centre
North America
11 November 1977 Portland United States Cumberland County Civic Center
12 November 1977 Boston Boston Garden
13 November 1977 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
15 November 1977 Providence Providence Civic Center
16 November 1977 New Haven Memorial Coliseum
18 November 1977 Detroit Cobo Hall
19 November 1977
21 November 1977 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
23 November 1977 Philadelphia United States The Spectrum
24 November 1977
25 November 1977 Norfolk Norfolk Scope
27 November 1977 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
29 November 1977 Landover Capital Centre
1 December 1977 New York City Madison Square Garden
2 December 1977
4 December 1977 Dayton University of Dayton Arena
5 December 1977 Chicago Chicago Stadium
8 December 1977 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
10 December 1977 Fort Worth Fort Worth Convention Center
11 December 1977 Houston The Summit
15 December 1977 Las Vegas Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
16 December 1977 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
17 December 1977 Oakland Oakland Coliseum
20 December 1977 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
21 December 1977
22 December 1977 Inglewood The Forum
Europe
12 April 1978 Stockholm Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion
13 April 1978 Copenhagen Denmark Folketeatret
14 April 1978 Hamburg Germany Ernst-Merck-Halle
16 April 1978 Brussels Belgium Forest National
17 April 1978
19 April 1978 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
20 April 1978
21 April 1978 Brussels Belgium Forest National
23 April 1978 Paris France Pavillon de Paris
24 April 1978
26 April 1978 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
28 April 1978 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
30 April 1978 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
2 May 1978 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
3 May 1978 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
6 May 1978 Stafford England Bingley Hall
7 May 1978
11 May 1978 London Empire Pool
12 May 1978
13 May 1978

Setlists[edit]

Europe #1[edit]

North America[edit]

Europe #2[edit]

Tour band[edit]

References[edit]

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