Queen I Tour

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Queen I Tour
Concert tour by Queen
Associated album Queen
Start date 13 September 1973
End date 2 February 1974
Legs 2
Shows 35
Queen concert chronology
Queen I Tour
(1973-74)
Queen II Tour
(1974)

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.[1] The band typically supported Mott the Hoople at many of the concerts.

Background[edit]

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."[2]

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.[3]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
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
Oceania
2 February 1974[B] Sunbury Australia George Duncan's Farm
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Procession"
  2. "Father to Son"
  3. "Son and Daughter"
  4. "Ogre Battle"
  5. "Hangman"
  6. "Keep Yourself Alive"
  7. "Liar"
  8. "See What a Fool I've Been"
  9. "Jailhouse Rock"
    Encore
  10. "Stupid Cupid"
  11. "Be Bop A Lula"
  12. "Jailhouse Rock (reprise)"
  13. "Big Spender"
  14. "Bama Lama Bama Lou"


"Stone Cold Crazy", "Great King Rat", "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" and "See What A Fool I've Been" were all performed occasionally at some concerts.

  1. Bama Lama Bama Lou

Sources:[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queen on tour". QueenConcerts. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Queen live on tour: Queen I". QueenConcerts. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Live 1973". QueenOnline. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  4. ^ "List of Queen concerts 1973". pcpki.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Queen Tour Memorabilia". QueenMuseum. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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