Crazy Tour

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Crazy Tour
Local tour by Queen
Start date 22 November 1979
End date 26 December 1979
Legs 1
No. of shows 20 (21 scheduled)
Queen concert chronology

Crazy Tour was a short tour by the British rock band Queen during November and December 1979.

After the release of the single "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", the band decided to change the concert dynamic they used to do the last years. In this tour Queen would revisit smaller venues, many which held fewer than two thousand seats. Nonetheless, it was the highly awaited UK leg of the successful Jazz Tour. The last concert of this tour at the Hammersmith Odeon was also the first concert of the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea.[1] A bootleg recording of this concert exists as the 2-CD set Crazy Tour of London.[2]

The Crazy Tour is praised by fans as one of Queen's best tours.[citation needed] Freddie Mercury's vocals have recovered from the wear of the previous tour and are possible the greatest they have ever been on stage. Because Mercury is in great form during this run of concerts, he is very experimental and isn't afraid to try daring high notes, some of which he had never tried in a live setting before, such as the C5's in "Bohemian Rhapsody," or "We Are The Champions."[citation needed]

Five concerts from the Crazy Tour have available audio from circulating audience tapes: December 1 (Glasgow), December 3 (Newcastle), December 4 (Newcastle), December 6 (Liverpool), and December 26 (London, Hammersmith Odeon). November 26 (Manchester) is said to have an audience recording which is not in circulation. A couple of short 8mm film clips from December 22 (London, Alexandra's Palace) were shown in the documentary, "The Great Pretender," although each is only about 2 seconds long.


Setlist[edit]

  1. Intro
  2. Jailhouse Rock
  3. We Will Rock You (Fast)
  4. Let Me Entertain You
  5. Somebody To Love
  6. If You Can’t Beat Them
  7. Mustapha
  8. Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)
  9. Killer Queen
  10. I'm In Love With My Car
  11. Get Down Make Love
  12. You're My Best Friend
  13. Save Me
  14. Now I'm Here
  15. Don't Stop Me Now
  16. Spread Your Wings
  17. Love of My Life
  18. '39
  19. Fat Bottomed Girls
  20. Keep Yourself Alive
  21. Drum/Guitar Solo
  22. Brighton Rock (Finale)
  23. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  24. Bohemian Rhapsody
  25. Tie Your Mother Down
    Encore
  26. Sheer Heart Attack
    Encore
  27. We Will Rock You
  28. We Are The Champions
  29. God Save the Queen

Other songs:

  • Mull of Kintyre (7 December 1979 Liverpool)
  • Silent Night (26 December 1979 London)
  • Danny Boy (22 November 1979 Dublin)
  • Liar (27 November 1979 Manchester, 1 December 1979 Glasgow, 4 December 1979 Newcastle, 7 December 1979 Liverpool, and 22 December 1979 London)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
20 November 1979 Cork Ireland Cork City Hall
22 November 1979 Dublin RDS Arena
24 November 1979 Birmingham England NEC Hall 1
26 November 1979 Manchester Manchester Apollo
27 November 1979
30 November 1979 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
1 December 1979
3 December 1979 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
4 December 1979
6 December 1979 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
7 December 1979
9 December 1979 Bristol Bristol Hippodrome
10 December 1979 Brighton Brighton Centre
11 December 1979
13 December 1979 London Lyceum Theatre
14 December 1979 Rainbow Theatre
17 December 1979 Purley Tiffany's
19 December 1979 Tottenham Mayfair
20 December 1979 Lewisham Odeon
22 December 1979 Alexandra Palace
26 December 1979[A] Hammersmith Odeon
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "Concerts for the People of Kampuchea"
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
20 November 1979 Cork Cork City Hall Cancelled.
3-4 December 1979 Brighton Brighton Centre Rescheduled to 9–10 December 1979.

Setlists[edit]

Tour band[edit]

  • Freddie Mercury: Lead vocals, piano, guitar ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love"), tambourine.
  • Brian May: Guitar, backing vocals, piano.
  • Roger Taylor: Drums, lead vocals ("I'm in Love With My Car"), backing vocals.
  • John Deacon: Bass guitar, additional vocals, triangle

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freestone, Peter; David Evans (2001). Freddie Mercury: An intimate memoir by the man who knew him best. Omnibus Press. p. 18. ISBN 0-7119-8674-6. 
  2. ^ "Crazy Tour of London". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 

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