Gallery update Jazz Tour 1978

16 December 1978, Queen performed @ Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California 🇺🇸 “Jazz” Tour

The band are simply on fire at this show like they were in Vancouver, and the outrageously enthusiastic audience creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Freddie sounds strong tonight, and the mild California air just may have something to do with it.

Brian speaks after ‘Let Me Entertain You’: “We’re going to do our best to entertain you in Oakland tonight. We’d like to sing you a song from some time ago. This is a Mercury song called ‘Somebody To Love’.”

With his tongue firmly placed in cheek, before the medley Freddie says: “What a quiet, tasteful audience we have here tonight.” He eventually continues: “We’ve dedicated this next song three years ago to a useless piece of garbage that use used to call our manager. I mean, he was a real motherfu****. He really was.” The audience’s excitement is turned up a notch. “We soon got rid of him, and just to make sure he didn’t forget us we wrote a song. This is called ‘Death On Two Legs’.”

We’d like to do it now. It’s called ‘Love Of My Life.’” After the song, Brian says, “We appreciate you listening to those things, as well as making noise in the other ones. We really appreciate that. And we appreciate you filling up this beautiful arena. Thank you very much for this welcome. Alright, a little singalong and stuff. If you want to stamp around, it would be very nice. This is ’39.”

Freddie is still feeling silly after ‘It’s Late’: “OK, we’re sure getting warmed up right now. On with the show. This next tune features Roger, Brian and… which one? John, that’s the one. John, Roger and Brian are gonna do their stuff tonight. This is a song called Brighton Rock.”

The first three pictures were taken by Peter Stupar and the rest were snapped by Charlie DeMore from the fifth row!

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