Queen Live 26 – 27 January 1979 @ Forest National in Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪 ‘Live Killers’ Tour
Before the concert on the 26th, the promo video for their new single ‘Don’t Stop Me Now,’ directed by Jorgan Kliebenst) was filmed.
Freddie, after the first song: “Hello Brussels! We meet again! It’s really nice to be back. You wanna rock? You wanna roll? Okay, let’s dooooooo it!”
Brian: “Thank you, good evening people of Brussels. It’s great to see you again. An old song for you now. This is a song from a couple years ago. This is something called Somebody To Love.”
Freddie, after a standing ovation following You’re My Best Friend: “Merci beaucoup! You lovely people. Okay, on with the show. Do you people remember a group called Mott The Hoople? I’m sure some of you do. A long, long time back when we first started out, we did a tour with those guys – the only support tour of our lives. And Brian wrote a song in dedication. This is from an album called Sheer Heart Attack.”
Freddie, while listening to the audience sing a football chant after Now I’m Here, says: “Let me hear you, c’mon! Thank you, you’re a beautiful audience.”
Brian, after Spread Your Wings: “Somehow you make a good noise here, people. You’re great. I think I should tell you an interesting fact. We’re thinking of making a live album, and this is the first night we’ve ever recorded for a live album, so I hope you make a nice little noise, as you are.” After Roger lets out a gigantic scream, Freddie says, “You bitch!” This is a beautiful version of Dreamers Ball, sung very passionately by Freddie.
Freddie, speaking to masses of cheers: “The last time we did this song when we were here, you were the best choir in the world. We’d like a repeat performance. This next number is called Love Of My Life.” After the song, Brian says, “You’re the best. The best. Unbelieveable. I don’t think we need a singer.” Someone in the audience keeps shouting for I’m In Love With My Car, even though Queen have already played the song. Brian continues, “Right, we’d like you to sing some more if you’d like. This is called ’39.”
Indeed, this was the first show to be properly recorded by the band with the intention of making a live album. The next twenty shows were recorded, but for quality reasons many of the shows couldn’t be used. Live Killers would be released in June.
Plenty of footage from this tour was filmed to be shown on TV, as it was likely intended to be used as promos for the upcoming live album. But much of the footage isn’t great quality, as the cameras weren’t able to handle the amount of brightness coming from Queen’s lighting rig. The only truly great quality footage is from Munich and Paris.
Footage of this show in Brussels was used in a TV special called “Follies” that initially aired in 1979, there is a clip below.
The beautiful pictures were snapped by Philippe Carly