December 3, 1979, The band performed their first of two evenings at City Hall in Newcastle, England 🏴 “Crazy” Tour
To shuffle things up a bit, Queen open with Let Me Entertain You and then follow with Tie Your Mother Down, a song that had been the set closer since 1977.
Mercury’s voice is once again in superb shape. His delivery of Save Me is exquisite, and almost certainly the best ever captured on tape.
Brian speaks to the small but enthusiastic bunch before Love Of My Life: “Actually, I think we should’ve recorded our live album here. What do you think?”
The encores are split into three sections tonight. Sheer Heart Attack is the first encore, then Crazy Little Thing Called Love (it’s their current hit single), and they return a third time to do We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.
A fan who attended the Newcastle shows says they were the most electrifying concert atmospheres he ever experienced. Another fan recalls:
“As soon as we entered the venue is was very clear just how big a band Queen now were, and how much of a ‘show’ we were about to witness. A massive extended stage seemed to take up almost half of the stalls, complete with a walkway for Freddie to come out into the crowd. A mass of lights surrounded the stage set-up, and the drum kit stood majestically on a massive raised platform. Pretty impressive and very different from the early days.”