December 14, 1973, Queen performed TWO shows at the Hammersmith Odeon in London to finish off their Queen l tour. The first performance was at 6:00 pm
Freddie’s parents were at the early show. His mother, Jer Bulsara, recalls, “My favourite memory of him is that very first concert at Hammersmith Odeon. My boy was showing the best of himself as support to Mott the Hoople. When the show was over, people came over to me and my husband and said it was nice that we supported him. I said simply: ‘Well, he is my son.'” Freddie remained close to his parents and his Zoroastrian roots throughout his life, even if he kept it out of the public eye.
A young Gary Numan attended one of these two shows as well.
By the end of the tour, Queen were usually getting more encores and bigger cheers than the headlining act.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐭 8:30 𝐩𝐦:
David Bowie attended the second show. While Queen’s opening set went without incident, Mott The Hoople’s certainly did not.
A fan, Dan Stopczynski recalled the incident:
The first time I saw Queen in concert was when they were supporting Mott The Hoople at Hammersmith Odeon on 14th December 1973. I have kept my ticket stub ever since as I do for all the concerts I attend.
Also, this was a very memorable concert in more ways than one. I felt that Queen stole the show as the support band even though MTH were very good. But, the image that sticks in my mind is the way that the concert ended. As this was the second performance of the day, the concert started quite late and overrun its alloted time. The management obviously did not want thousands of fans emptying the theatre in the early hours of the morning so they brought the safety curtain down on MTH whilst they were still playing at midnight! 😮
Another fan enthusiastically said, “Eye opening support from Queen, we could see something special was going to happen here – how right we were,” by Tony W 😁