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Venue: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto ON
Date: November 21, 1977
Tour: News Of The World
Members Of The Band
Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano)
Brian May (Guitar and Vocals)
Roger Taylor (Drums and Vocals)
John Deacon (Bass)
Comments: As with the first time earlier this year that I attended a Queen concert Bill was my copilot. Or I was his. Either way. Funny thing is, we were on our way down to see Kansas play at the CNE Grandstand in August when we happened upon a newspaper left on a seat, upper level, of the Pickering to Union Station GO Train. In said paper, there was a brief article talking about the upcoming Queen release, News Of The World, a brief synopsis of their February show at the Gardens and a casual mention that they were coming back to those self same Gardens in November. Bill and I damned near fell out of our seats. Now, I’m sure that this wasn’t the first time a band had played the same city twice in the same year, supporting two separate releases (Led Zeppelin in their early days comes immediately to mind) but it was certainly new for us.
The very next day, Bill and I made our way to Star Records to see if Mike’s brother was going to use his Cheap Thrills tickets for the Queen gig. As it turned out, he was not, so we were afforded the opportunity to purchase said tickets. This time, the band were unencumbered by an opening act (not that I minded Thin Lizzy back in February mind you). The concert was fantastic and the seats we had this go around were closer by a goodly bit than we had in February. Opening with the slow / fast version of We Will Rock You, the band played another solid 2 plus hour set.
Older classics like Brighton Rock, Liar and Stone Cold Crazy were still played, but newer material was starting to creep in. By the time we saw the band again a year later, only Brighton Rock remained in the set.
Live in Houston, Texas, 1977