30 November 1979, Queen performed the first of two evenings @ The Iconic Glasgow Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland ‘Crazy Tour’
The Apollo: A haven for Scotland’s rock fans
Queen experimented a bit with their setlists on this tour. They once again opened with ‘Let Me Entertain You’ tonight and also received an award
Queen had achieved an ambition by selling all 3500 tickets for the greatest concert venue in Scotland’s rock history and wins the famous statuette…
The inscription on the tiny gold plaque said it all: S.R.O. – Sold Right Out.
But, Queen aren’t the only ones. Blondie and Paul McCartney is also the proud owner of an Apollo Trophy for packing out the place. So are The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Roxy Music, Cliff Richard, The Who and Abba to name but a few.
The awards became so sought after that if an act was just a few tickets short of a sell-out their roadies would buy the remaining briefs up in order to qualify for the prize.
The tin statuettes bought for just £7.50 were presented by Frank Lynch, who transformed the crumbling Green’s Playhouse cinema into the Apollo Theatre in 1973.
A sad farewell to the venue, the building was eventually demolished in 1987.
Source: Memories From Glasgow
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