A Day at the Races Tour
|Tour by Queen|
|Associated album||A Day at the Races|
|Start date||13 January 1977|
|End date||7 June 1977|
|No. of shows||
41 in North America |
19 in Europe
60 in Total (63 scheduled)
|Queen concert chronology|
This tour was the first in which the band played "Somebody to Love" and many others. "Brighton Rock" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" were performed full-length for the first time. Also, singer Freddie Mercury performed a vocal canon between "White Man" and "The Prophet's Song".
"When people started singing along, we found it kind of annoying…" recalled Brian May. "There there was an enormous realisation, at Bingley Hall in the Midlands. They sang every note of every song. Freddie and I looked at each other and went, 'Something's happening here. We've been fighting it, and we should be embracing it.' That's where 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions' came from. It was an epoch-making moment."
The final two shows at Earls Court were recorded, with the band using an expensive lighting rig in the shape of a crown for the first time. Both shows were also professionally filmed on video and the first can be found on many bootlegs. Of one such release – Top Fax, Pix And Info – photographer Ross Halfin said: "It was a Silver Jubilee show. This had excellent soundboard quality. I actually shot this show as a much younger man."
- Originally scheduled to take place on 5 March.
- Originally scheduled to take place at Jahrhunderthalle.
- Originally scheduled to take place on 5 June.
The 1/29/1977 date at Hara Arena in Dayton, OH was cancelled. Never heard official reason for the cancellation but heard Brain May was injured.
- Freddie Mercury: Lead vocals, piano, tambourine.
- Brian May: Guitar, backing vocals, banjo ("Bring Back That Leroy Brown").
- Roger Taylor: Drums, backing vocals.
- John Deacon: Bass guitar, additional vocals, triangle.
- "Queen: Living Legends 2015", Classic Rock #217, December 2015, p15
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- Halfin, Ross (May 2015). "Who's Who". Classic Rock #209. p. 69.