Queen I Tour
|Queen I Tour|
|Concert tour by Queen|
|Start date||13 September 1973|
|End date||2 February 1974|
|Queen concert chronology|
The Queen I Tour was the debut concert tour by British rock group Queen. The tour covered most major cities in the UK in support of their first studio album Queen. The band played in six countries; England, Germany, Luxembourg, Scotland, Wales and Australia. The tour came to a close on 2 February 1974 in Australia. The band typically supported Mott the Hoople at many of the concerts.
The Golders Green show was recorded and broadcast by BBC. It's been bootlegged many times but never in complete form. Six tracks are widely available (Procession, Father To Son, Son And Daughter, See What A Fool I've Been, Ogre Battle and Liar), the rock'n'roll medley (Jailhouse Rock, Stupid Cupid, Be Bop A Lula) leaked in spring 2002 and the rest (Big Spender, Bama Lama Bama Lou) is in the BBC archives. Stone Cold Crazy was also in the setlist these early days. You may wonder how is it possible? This track was properly released in 1974 but Queen played a slightly different version of this song even much earlier. It is said to be a "slower" version but it's hard to prove that, as far as I know, NO recording of this rare live gem exists. A few interesting bits and pieces appear in an interview done by the band for the Sounds magazine in December 1973. John says the band really enjoyed the gigs in Newcastle, Glasgow or Bournemouth. Also the band placed a lot of emphasis on America but they didn't "want to go out there too soon and blow it". And perhaps the most interesting part is when they say: "We've been thinking a lot about getting in a keyboard. We may get another guy in. It would thicken the sound up. It's a bit limited with only 3 instruments on stage, but we don't want to make it a 5-piece."
Their first gig of the year at the Marquee is set up as a 'showcase' event for Elektra executive Jack Holtzman, who may sign the band, but first wants to see them perform live before he can make a final decision. In August he band return to Trident Studios to begin work on what will become "Queen II". This time they record under proper conditions, not in downtime, and progress much more efficiently. They cover a great deal of ground and capture on tape faithful renditions of the material they have been playing live and experimenting with in rehearsals. Their show at Golders Green Hippodrome is recorded by the BBC for an In Concert broadcast, and a forty minute edit is transmitted the following month, on 20 October, on Radio 1. This is followed by Queen’s very first concerts outside the UK, in Germany and Luxembourg, and then three concerts in London in preparation for a 25 date tour of the UK supporting Mott The Hoople.
|13 September 1973||London||England||Golders Green Hippodrome|
|13 October 1973||Bonn||Germany||Underground|
|14 October 1973||Luxembourg City||Luxembourg||Le Blow Up|
|20 October 1973||London||England||Paris Theatre|
|26 October 1973||Imperial College London|
|2 November 1973|
|12 November 1973||Leeds||Leeds Town Hall|
|13 November 1973||Blackburn||St. George's Hall|
|15 November 1973||Worcester||Gaumont Theatre|
|16 November 1973||Lancaster||Lancaster University|
|17 November 1973||Liverpool||Liverpool Stadium|
|18 November 1973||Hanley||Victoria Hall|
|19 November 1973||Wolverhampton||Wolverhampton Civic Hall|
|20 November 1973||Oxford||Apollo Theatre Oxford|
|21 November 1973||Preston||Preston Guild Hall|
|22 November 1973||Newcastle||Newcastle City Hall|
|23 November 1973||Glasgow||Scotland||The Apollo|
|25 November 1973||Edinburgh||Caley Picture House|
|26 November 1973||Manchester||England||Manchester Opera House|
|27 November 1973||Birmingham||Birmingham Town Hall|
|28 November 1973||Swansea||Wales||Brangwyn Hall|
|29 November 1973||Bristol||England||Colston Hall|
|30 November 1973||Bournemouth||Bournemouth Winter Gardens|
|1 December 1973||Southend||Kursaal|
|2 December 1973||Chatham||Chatham Central High School|
|6 December 1973||Cheltenham||Cheltenham College|
|7 December 1973||Shaftesbury Hall|
|8 December 1973||Liverpool||University of Liverpool|
|14 December 1973[A]||London||Hammersmith Odeon|
|15 December 1973||Leicester||University of Leicester|
|21 December 1973||Taunton||Taunton County Hall|
|22 December 1973||Peterborough||Peterborough Town Hall|
|28 December 1973||Liverpool||Top Rank Club|
|2 February 1974[B]||Sunbury||Australia||George Duncan's Farm|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- "Father to Son"
- "Son and Daughter"
- "Ogre Battle"
- "Keep Yourself Alive"
- "See What a Fool I've Been"
- "Jailhouse Rock"
- "Stupid Cupid"
- "Be Bop A Lula"
- "Jailhouse Rock (reprise)"
- "Big Spender"
- "Bama Lama Bama Lou"