A Day at the Races Tour
The A Day at the Races Tour (also known as the World Tour '77, Summer Tour 1977 and the Jubilee Tour) was a concert tour by the British rock band Queen, supporting their late 1976 album A Day at the Races.
|Tour by Queen|
|Associated album||A Day at the Races|
|Start date||13 January 1977|
|End date||7 June 1977|
|No. of shows||40 in North America|
19 in Europe
|Queen concert chronology|
This tour was the first in which the band played "Somebody to Love" and many others. "Brighton Rock" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" were performed full-length for the first time. Also, singer Freddie Mercury performed a vocal canon between "White Man" and "The Prophet's Song".
"When people started singing along, we found it kind of annoying…" recalled Brian May. "There there was an enormous realisation, at Bingley Hall in the Midlands. They sang every note of every song. Freddie and I looked at each other and went, 'Something's happening here. We've been fighting it, and we should be embracing it.' That's where 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions' came from. It was an epoch-making moment."
The final two shows at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre were recorded, with the band using an expensive lighting rig in the shape of a crown for the first time. Both shows were also professionally filmed on video and the first can be found on many bootlegs. Of one such release – Top Fax, Pix And Info – photographer Ross Halfin said: "It was a Silver Jubilee show. This had excellent soundboard quality. I actually shot this show as a much younger man."
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|29 January 1977||Trotwood, Ohio||Hara Arena||Cancelled|
|5 March 1977||San Francisco, California||Winterland Ballroom||Rescheduled to 6 March 1977|
|8 March 1977||Sacramento, California||Sacramento Memorial Auditorium||Cancelled|
|9 March 1977||Fresno, California||Selland Arena||Cancelled|
|14 May 1977||Frankfurt, West Germany||Jahrhunderthalle||Moved to the Festhalle|
|5 June 1977||London, England||Earls Court Exhibition Centre||Rescheduled to 6 June 1977|
- "Queen: Living Legends 2015", Classic Rock #217, December 2015, p15
- Tiven, Jon (1977). "Queen's Live Act Stuns City". Circus. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
- Hilburn, Robert (20 December 1978). "Pop Music Review: Putting Queen in Audio Seat Queen for a Night". Los Angeles Times.
- Halfin, Ross (May 2015). "Who's Who". Classic Rock #209. p. 69.