29 June 1980, Queen have spent the last 10 days rehearsing for their big, upcoming North American tour!
The demand for Queen has become immense and they sold out venues across the country. The lengthy US tour consisted of three legs.
Not only will the band restructure their set list to include their new songs off ‘The Game’ album, they will have a new lighting rig too.
In order to top their previous tour’s lighting rig, the band introduced a new system, known as both the ‘Fly Swatters’ and the ‘Bic Razor’ rigs, with seven sets of movable lights being controlled by only one person each.
Another nice surprise, Freddie Mercury changed his look! He will debut the mustache he spent months growing out. He would often ask the fans if they liked it, does he look like Burt Reynolds, he would be rewarded with much booing and a hail of disposable razors thrown at the stage.
Freddie pledged he was keeping it. He did! The fans even went as far as mailing the disposable razors to the Queen Fan Club! (I loved his mustache). It become his trademark for the next seven years.
The tour commences on June 30th in Vancouver
Freddie is pictured during soundcheck at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Peter Hince took the beautiful photo. He took so many beautiful photos throughout Queen’s career!