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21 February 1977, Queen Live @ Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia, USA 🇺🇸
“A Day At The Races’ Tour

Picture by Tom Hill

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22 February 1977, Queen performed a completely Sold-Out show @ Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, USA 🇺🇸 with Thin Lizzy opening “A Day At The Races” Tour

This concert was played to a standing-room only crowd, sold out to its 6000 capacity.

An audience tape of Thin Lizzy’s supporting set leaked out in early 2010. An 8mm film from Queen’s set exists as well.

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20 February 1971, Queen performed at Kingston Polytechnic College in London, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 with Doug Bogie on bass.

Queen played two earlier gigs in their career on February 19 and 20, 1971 with their third bassist in only seven months. His name is Doug Bogie or Doug Ewood.

He only lasted two gigs before being “fired” as documented in 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬. The band played two prestigious gigs one at Hornsey Town Hall and Kingston Polytechnic College, both in London. Freddie was to hold center stage and the rest of the band were to play vital and colorful supporting roles and make no attempt to steal the show but Doug apparently broke this accord in a startling manner by jumping up and down and choreographing his own personal stage routine. Brian May later recalled Doug’s stage manner scornfully as “most incongruous. Unfortunately, the band let him go after the second show.

However, in an interview in 2015, Doug
shattered past misconceptions about his departure from Queen, saying it was a simple case of moving on to another band. He recalls:

“I thought that we have played two excellent and exciting gigs. However, in the back of the borrowed van after the Yes gig at Kingston Polytechnic, there was one of those taking everything apart discussions: ‘so everything is terrible’, ‘it’s a waste of time’, and Freddie announces he doesn’t want to continue. So, as the new boy who knows nothing of their past activities and relationships, I just accept that that is the end of the experiment! A shame, but not unusual with bands with creative members.”

Doug would move on to a successful career in sound production and filmmaking.

Queen didn’t play another show for over four months. During the downtime, Brian May and Roger Taylor met 19-year-old John Deacon at a party. John passed the audition and was exactly what the band was looking for and on March 1, 1971, Queen was finally complete.

From Truro to Knebworth, what a wild ride for the boys and March 1, 2021 marks 50 years

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We’ve been very successful worldwide and that’s one thing I could never have foreseen; our success outside Britain. I think we’ve got a certain amount of recognition and respectability now, for being respectable musicians who wrote good songs. That’s good enough for me.

I want to go to places I’ve never been. To me it’s all about people. Music should go all around the world. I want to go to Russia and China and places like that, places I haven’t seen, before it’s too late – before I end up in a wheelchair and can’t do anything. And… I’ll still be wearing my same tights too!

I can imagine them wheeling me on stage in a wheelchair, up to a piano, and still singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

If I want to try different things – walk a tightrope, live on a knife-edge – and do things where if I fall completely flat on my face, and do things which are harmful to my career, so what? I will. There are a lot of things I have done in my career that maybe I shouldn’t have undertaken, but you learn by your mistakes. I regret a few of them, but doesn’t everybody?

Freddie Mercury

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22 February 1979, Queen performed the first of two evenings at Pabellon de Deportes del Real Madrid in Madrid, Spain 🇪🇸 “Live Killers” Tour

The two nights in Madrid were originally scheduled to be played at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid. This night had to be added due to ticket sales, as only the February 23rd show was originally in the itinerary.

Pictured is Freddie Mercury and his manager Paul Prenter arriving in Madrid

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Promotional videos might help songwriting, actually. I think it’s going to be very commonplace where people start recording, even writing, with the video in mind – which is wonderful. It’s another dimension. But a lot of the time people make videos and expect musicians to act out a certain role, and that’s where it falls down. There have been a lot of times where we’ve shied away from that. If you go into a little acting thing, you’ve got to do it really well, and if you don’t, it just comes across as really crass.

You’ve got to be very careful. I think “I Want To Break Free” works because of the fun element and the comedy. It’s so farcical. I can’t think of another video where the four principals, as it were, are actually doing real comedy drag. So often Queen comes across as very serious, when there is actually a lot of tongue-in-cheek there that people miss. The music ability is always there, and we’ve always been humorous underneath, but maybe it didn’t always come across through songs – or on stage, when we’re very aggressive. The humour element is always lost. The “Break Free” video was a good way of showcasing that side of us, and I think we coped quite well.

Freddie Mercury

Queen were always groundbreakers

The beautiful picture was taken by Simon Fowler

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11 February 1977, Queen performed at The Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 🇺🇸 “A Day At The Races Tour”

As seen in the second picture, John Deacon has switched from his 1968 Fender P-bass to a Music Man Stingray.

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