20 January 1976 – Queen flew to USA to start the second leg world tour (A Night At The Opera) accompanied by their new Tour Manager, Gerry Stickells.
After Queen’s triumphant jaunt across the UK, they took a well deserved three weeks off before flying to New York on 20 January 1976 to commence rehearsals for their upcoming US tour, ‘A Night At The Opera.’
New to the Queen entourage is their tour manager, Gerry Stickells (22 July 1942 – 6 March 2019). He was previously a roadie-come tour manager for the late great Jimi Hendrix.
The bands third US tour (and second headlining tour) began in Waterbury, Connecticut at The Palace Theatre on 27 January 1976. This tour could have come to a premature end in New York when three overzealous female fans fought viciously for Freddie’s scarf, oblivious to the fact that it was still around his neck, lol.
The tour wound its way through all the major hotspots of Queen popularity. The band even sold out The Beacon Theatre in New York, resulting in a four-night residency, though the original plan was only for three nights. It was because of intense ticket demand that a fourth night was hastily added. There were also an amazing five shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, prior to the tour wrapping up in March in San Diego.
Then the boys would began their third leg of the tour in Asia.
The picture is of Queen at Heathrow Airport awaiting to board for The USA in 1976