13 May 1978, Queen performed the final of their three Sold-Out shows at Empire Pool in London, England. This wraps up the successful ‘News of The World Tour’

The giant crown lighting rig would soon be disassembled, and parts of it would be used for ELO’s space ship lighting rig, which can be seen on their Live At Wembley ’78 DVD.

The band are clearly having much fun during this set. They revive ‘White Queen’ for the last night’s sake, which would turn out to be its last live performance. Freddie mentions before hand that they’re a bit unrehearsed (despite the fact that they ran it several times yesterday before the show). Roger almost misses the queue out of the instrumental section, but they manage to keep it together.

After a great version of ‘Somebody To Love,’ someone shouts, “Keep Yourself Alive!” Freddie reacts, saying, “Are you kidding? You know we’re gonna do that song, don’t you? So stick around.” He then starts to introduce Death On Two Legs, dedicating it to “the British music press who has taken a lot of beating the last couple of nights from us.” He also adds that “they’re f*king wankers” and that they “eat sht in the bath.” Clearly Freddie felt well opening up to the hometown audience, although before then it was no secret that Queen and the press did not get along very well by this point in their career.

“This is a very pretty little song which we only started doing recently, even though it had been written some time ago. It features the silken voice of Mr Mercury.” Freddie quips, “I don’t know about silk, but it’s good. Brian continues, “OK, from Mr. Modest this is ‘Love Of My Life.’”

The band swap the encores for the last night, and it is a major step for them as a band. This would be the first time they’d finish the show with ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions,’ as they had finally garnered the confidence to finish their show with their own material (with the exception of the odd time they encored with ‘See What A Fool I’ve Been’ in earlier years). On this night the band have trouble getting into the guitar solo of the former, but such a thing would never happen again.

At the end of the night Roger trashes his drum kit, a not entirely unfamiliar sight at a Queen show in the 70s (in fact, such an image would eventually end up being the cover artwork of his solo career box set, “The Lot”).

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