Jazz Tour

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Jazz Tour
World tour by Queen
Jazztour.jpg
Poster for Queen's concert in Barcelona.
Associated albumJazz
Start date28 October 1978
End date6 May 1979
Legs3
No. of shows35 in North America
28 in Europe
15 in Asia
78 in total (79 in total for the year including the Saarbrücken show, as it doesn't count as a Jazz concert)
Queen concert chronology

The Jazz Tour was a concert tour by the British rock band Queen, supporting the album Jazz. The tour was memorable for the spectacle created by the band. As James Henke of Rolling Stone said about the band's Halloween 1978 concert in New Orleans: "...when they were launching a U.S. tour in support of their Jazz, album, Queen threw a bash in New Orleans that featured snake charmers, strippers, crossdressers and a naked fat lady who smoked cigarettes in her crotch."[1] Part of the European leg was recorded for the band's first live album, Live Killers. Due to the tour starting within the same month as the final recording sessions for Jazz, Freddie Mercury's voice is worn out from the start, and his performances are generally sub-par when compared to the previous tour. When "We Will Rock You" was performed, there would be a person dressed in a Superman costume holding up Mercury on their shoulders while he sings.

Average setlist[edit]

This setlist is representative of the performance on 1 December 1978 in Montreal, Canada. It does not represent all the setlists for the duration of the tour.

  1. "We Will Rock You (Fast)"
  2. "Let Me Entertain You"
  3. "Somebody To Love"
  4. "If You Can't Beat Them"
  5. "Death on Two Legs"
  6. "Killer Queen"
  7. "Bicycle Race"
  8. "I'm In Love With My Car"
  9. "Get Down, Make Love"
  10. "You're My Best Friend"
  11. "Now I'm Here"
  12. "Spread Your Wings"
  13. "Dreamer's Ball"
  14. "Love Of My Life"
  15. "'39"
  16. "It's Late"
  17. "Brighton Rock (incl. timpani and guitar solo)"
  18. "Fat Bottomed Girls"
  19. "Keep Yourself Alive"
  20. "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  21. "Tie Your Mother Down"
    Encore
  22. "Sheer Heart Attack"
    Encore
  23. "We Will Rock You"
  24. "We Are The Champions"
  25. "God Save The Queen"

Selected setlists[edit]

North America
Japan
Saarbrucken Open Air '79

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
28 October 1978 Dallas United States Dallas Convention Center
29 October 1978 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
31 October 1978 New Orleans New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
3 November 1978 Miami Hollywood Sportatorium
4 November 1978 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
6 November 1978 Landover Capital Centre
7 November 1978 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
9 November 1978 Detroit Cobo Hall
10 November 1978
11 November 1978 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
13 November 1978 Boston Boston Garden
14 November 1978 Providence Providence Civic Center
16 November 1978 New York City Madison Square Garden
17 November 1978
19 November 1978 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
20 November 1978 Philadelphia The Spectrum
22 November 1978 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
23 November 1978 St. Louis Checkerdome
25 November 1978 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
26 November 1978 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
28 November 1978 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
30 November 1978 Ottawa Canada Ottawa Civic Centre
1 December 1978 Montreal Montreal Forum
3 December 1978 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens
4 December 1978
6 December 1978 Madison United States Dane County Coliseum
7 December 1978 Chicago Chicago Stadium
8 December 1978 Kansas City Kemper Arena
12 December 1978 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
13 December 1978 Portland Memorial Coliseum
14 December 1978 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
16 December 1978 Oakland United States Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena
18 December 1978 Inglewood The Forum
19 December 1978
20 December 1978
Europe/Live Killers
17 January 1979 Hamburg West Germany Ernst-Merck-Halle
18 January 1979 Kiel Ostseehalle
20 January 1979 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
21 January 1979 Dortmund Westfalenhallen
23 January 1979 Hanover Messesportpalace
24 January 1979 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
26 January 1979 Brussels Belgium Forest National
27 January 1979
29 January 1979 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
30 January 1979
1 February 1979 Cologne West Germany Cologne Sporthalle
2 February 1979 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
4 February 1979 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
6 February 1979 Zagreb Yugoslavia Dom Sportova
7 February 1979 Ljubljana Tivoli Hall
10 February 1979 Munich West Germany Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle
11 February 1979
13 February 1979 Böblingen Böblingen Sporthalle
15 February 1979 Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle
17 February 1979 Lyon France Palais des Sports de Gerland
19 February 1979 Barcelona Spain Palau dels Esports de Barcelona
20 February 1979
22 February 1979 Madrid Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
23 February 1979
25 February 1979 Poitiers France Arènes de Poitiers
27 February 1979 Paris Pavillon de Paris
28 February 1979
1 March 1979
Asia
13 April 1979 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
14 April 1979
19 April 1979 Osaka Osaka Festival Hall
20 April 1979
21 April 1979 Kanazawa Jissenrinri Kinen Commemor. Hall
23 April 1979 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
24 April 1979
25 April 1979
27 April 1979 Kobe Kobe Central Gymnasium
28 April 1979 Nagoya Portmesse Nagoya
30 April 1979 Fukuoka Fukuoka Kyuden Kinen Gymnasium
1 May 1979
2 May 1979 Yamaguchi Yamaguchi Prefectural Athletic Association
5 May 1979 Sapporo Makomanai Ice Arena
6 May 1979
Saarbrucken Open Air '79
18 August 1979 Saarbrücken West Germany Ludwigsparkstadion

Box office score data[edit]

List of box office score data with date, city, venue, attendance, gross, references
Date
(1978)
City Venue Attendance Gross Ref(s)
29 October Memphis, United States Mid-South Coliseum 9,245 / 9,245 $73,401 [2]
31 October New Orleans, United States Municipal Auditorium 8,000 / 8,000 $68,000 [3]
7 November New Haven, United States New Haven Coliseum 10,567 / 10,567 $84,927 [4]
9 November Detroit, United States Cobo Arena 22,650 / 22,650 $227,833 [4]
10 November [4]
20 November Philadelphia, United States Spectrum 14,700 $115,100 [5]
22 November Nashville, United States Nashville Municipal Auditorium 9,193 $68,774 [5]
23 November St. Louis, United States Checkerdome 11,422 $94,342 [5]
6 December Madison, United States Dane County Coliseum 7,544 $61,667 [6]
8 December Kansas City, United States Kemper Arena 13,687 $107,540 [6]
12 December Seattle, United States Seattle Center Coliseum 11,014 $83,406 [7]
13 December Portland, United States Memorial Coliseum 10,333 $83,291 [7]
14 December Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum 15,428 $123,425 [7]
16 December Oakland, United States Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena 12,285 / 12,285 $96,317 [7]

Tour band[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henke, James (11 June 1981). "Queen Holds Court in South America". Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 90 no. 45. 11 November 1978. p. 62. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 90 no. 46. 18 November 1978. p. 40. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ a b c "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 90 no. 47. 25 November 1978. p. 52. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ a b c "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 90 no. 51. 9 December 1978. p. 46. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ a b "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 90 no. 53. 23 December 1978. p. 64. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ a b c d "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 91 no. 1. 6 January 1979. p. 57. ISSN 0006-2510.

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