, 30 January 1976, Queen performed their second sold-out evening at The Boston Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ‘A Night At The Opera’ tour

This version of Ogre Battle is perhaps its definitive delivery from Freddie Mercury. His voice is in great shape, and he embellishes many of the songs with ease, reflecting nothing but pure dedication to his craft.

Brian, after White Queen: “It’s nice to be here, our second night in Boston. How are ya? You look really nice. This is a number, which features Freddie tinkling the ivories for a very short time, called Flick Of The Wrist.”

Freddie: “We’d like to do a little medley for you – that’s when my piano comes back on again [referring to his monitor, as the audience can hear him playing a few chords]. It’s a slightly different medley from… it’s exactly the same one as last night, but slightly different to the one we did last year. We’re gonna start off… ah, my piano’s back on… with a little segment from a number – I think you know it, this one – we’ll start off with a number called Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Freddie, after the medley: “That was a slightly different rendition of Bring Back That Leroy Brown. Now we’re going to feature Brian May on guitar. Would you like that? Alright, we used to feature him in a number called Son And Daughter, but we’re going to do a newer number this time, one you haven’t heard us do before – unless you were here last night, of course. This is called Brighton Rock.” After Brian’s solo, the band have a bit of trouble going into the bit of Son And Daughter, making for an interesting moment. Otherwise, they are in full force.

Stone Cold Crazy is a blistering version, as is Doing All Right. Roger Taylor is all over the map in the coda of the latter. His extended drum break in Keep Yourself Alive is superb as well.

Freddie introduces Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon as “a typically English ditty.” After a lukewarm response following the short song, he says, “You’ll get used to that one.” Keep Yourself Alive features a great drum solo from Roger, and then he introduces the gutsy version of Seven Seas Of Rhye as “another little gentle one; was our first English hit, but it did bugger all here.” Freddie then refers to Liar as “a song that’s done a lot for us.”

Brian, after Liar: “Thanks for everything. Thanks for the banner. Thanks for all those nice things you brought us. This is near the end. It’s a number written by Freddie. It’s called In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited.”

Brian offers some dazzling guitar work in a ripping version of Jailhouse Rock.

The beautiful picture of Freddie was snapped once again by Ron Pownall

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