Queen II Tour

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Queen II Tour
Concert tour by Queen
Associated album Queen II
Start date 1 March 1974
End date 11 May 1974
Legs 2
Shows 41
Queen concert chronology
Queen I Tour
(1973-74)
Queen II Tour
(1974)
Sheer Heart Attack Tour
(1974-75)

The Queen II Tour was a concert tour by British rock group Queen to promote their 1974 album Queen II. It was the second major tour by the group and started only a month and a half after the end of the Queen I Tour. The band visited major cities in the UK and also went on to tour the United States, supporting Mott the Hoople. The band had to cancel all other concerts after 11 May 1974 as guitarist Brian May contracted hepatitis.[1]

Background[edit]

In March the band commenced a UK tour to promote their new album 'Queen II', and then embarked on their first trip to the USA. Once again they played support band to Mott The Hoople on a four-week tour beginning in April. The band paid more attention to their look on stage and employed the services of Zandra Rhodes to design some of their costumes. Queen's appearances came to an abrupt halt when Brian collapsed from hepatitis after the New York show on 11 May, and the band flew home for Brian to recover.[2]

Mercury played the piano for the first time on stage on the songs "White Queen", "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and "The Fairy Feller's Masterstroke".

Tour Dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
1 March 1974 Blackpool England Blackpool Winter Gardens
2 March 1974 Aylesbury Friars Aylesbury
3 March 1974 Plymouth Plymouth Guildhall
4 March 1974 Paignton Paignton Festival Hall
8 March 1974 Sunderland Locarno Ballroom
9 March 1974 Cambridge Cambridge Corn Exchange
10 March 1974 Croydon Croydon Greyhound
12 March 1974 London Dagenham Roundhouse
14 March 1974 Cheltenham Misto Hall
15 March 1974 Glasgow Scotland University of Glasgow
16 March 1974 Stirling University of Stirling
19 March 1974 Cleethorpes England Winter Gardens
20 March 1974 Manchester Manchester University
22 March 1974 Canvey Island The Paddocks
23 March 1974 Cromer Royal Links Pavilion
24 March 1974 Colchester Woods Leisure Centre
26 March 1974 Isle of Man Palace Lido
28 March 1974 Aberystwyth Wales Aberystwyth University
29 March 1974 Penzance England The Gardens
30 March 1974 Taunton Century Ballroom
31 March 1974 London Rainbow Theatre
2 April 1974 Birmingham Barbarellas
North America
16 April 1974 Denver United States of America Regis College
17 April 1974 Kansas City Memorial Hall
18 April 1974 St. Louis Keil Auditorium
19 April 1974 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Appliance Building
20 April 1974 Memphis Mid South Coliseum
21 April 1974 New Orleans St. Bernard Civic Auditorium
26 April 1974 Boston Orpheum Theatre
27 April 1974 Providence Palace Theatre
28 April 1974 Portland Exposition Hall
1 May 1974 Harrisburg Farm Arena
2 May 1974 Allentown Agricultural Hall
3 May 1974 Wilkes Barre Kings College
4 May 1974 Waterbury Palace Theatre
7 May 1974 New York Uris Theatre
8 May 1974
9 May 1974
10 May 19741st gig
10 May 19742nd gig
11 May 1974

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Procession"
  2. "Father to Son"
  3. "Ogre Battle"
  4. "Son and Daughter"
  5. "White Queen (As It Began)"
  6. "Great King Rat"
  7. "Hangman"
  8. "Keep Yourself Alive"
  9. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll"
  10. "Jailhouse Rock"/"Stupid Cupid"/"Be Bop a Lula"
  11. "Big Spender"
  12. "Liar"


The track listing varied from each show, with different songs becoming the encore. "Doing All Right" from the first album was not performed on this tour, but on Queen's live set on tours after.
Other tracks occasionally performed on this tour were:

"The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke" was thought Queen never played it live but there is an official recording of the song live released on Live at the Rainbow '74 and album featuring Queen's performance at the Rainbow Theatre on 31 March 1974. The song is also thought to have played live at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and at the Locarno in Sunderland, but it is unknown.

Live at the Rainbow '74[edit]

Live at the Rainbow '74 is a live album released by Queen in September 2014. The album features three performances live at the Rainbow Theatre. The one CD features the November while the other CD features the show from this tour.

The show was performed at the Rainbow Theatre on 31 March 1974 and the show was recorded by music producer Roy Thomas Baker. The CD features most of the songs on the setlist, however excluding "Hangman" and "Big Spender" but including "Seven Seas of Rhye", "See What a Fool I've Been" and "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke". The album features the only known live recording of "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke", which is the highlight of the album for fans.

Also, from the show is video footage of "Son & Daughter" and "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" making this the earliest known footage of the band performing live.

The album peaked at #11 in British Charts.

Tour band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queen live on tour: Queen II". QueenConcerts. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Live 1974". QueenOnline. Retrieved 2012-04-06.