Sheer Heart Attack Tour

The Sheer Heart Attack Tour was the second headlining concert tour, and first world tour by the British rock band Queen, and supported their 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack.[1]

Sheer Heart Attack Tour
World tour by Queen
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Poster for the concert at the Palace Theatre
Associated albumSheer Heart Attack
Start date30 October 1974
End date1 May 1975
Legs3
No. of shows30 in Europe
40 in North America
8 in Asia
78 Total
Queen concert chronology

BackgroundEdit

The year 1974 had started with their first trip outside of Europe and an appearance at the Sunbury Music Festival in Australia. Although the band headlined the event on 2 February, their appearance the next day was canceled. In March, the band commenced on their first headlining tour of the United Kingdom to promote their new album Queen II, and then embark on their first trip to the USA. Once again, they supported Mott The Hoople on a four-week tour beginning in April. The band paid more attention to their look on stage and employed the services of Zandra Rhodes to design some of their costumes, such as Freddie Mercury and Brian May's white and black wingsuits. Queen's supporting stint came to an abrupt halt, however, when May collapsed from hepatitis after the New York show on 11 May, and they all had to fly home so that he could recover.

The band were soon back on the road and commenced their second tour as the headlining act, with nineteen concerts at eighteen different venues around the UK. The band rotated supporting acts, and the setlist contained much of the material from the new album Sheer Heart Attack. With more money to invest in a new stage show, the band wore new costumes for this tour and added an additional lighting rig, complete with state of the art stage effects. To conclude Queen's touring for the year, they extended the leg with mainland European shows, consisting of ten shows in six countries, performing over a two-and-a-half-week period. The year 1975 started with the American leg of the tour, before transferring to Japan. The tour would have been longer, but an accident involving the truck that transported their equipment meant it was not able to reach the remaining scheduled venues, which would have been a second American leg for the tour.[2] In late February, on the North American tour, a handful of shows were cancelled due to Freddie Mercury's voice failing on him. After several doctor's visits, he was diagnosed with vocal fold nodules, which would impact him for the rest of his life. With this, several more shows were cancelled to allow for a more lenient touring schedule for his voice.

There were slight differences between the European, North American and Japanese sets. The Japanese shows were a bit longer; the band added Doing All Right to the set, extended Killer Queen to include the second verse, and added See What A Fool I've Been to the end of some shows as well as reviving Hangman on the final night of the tour, almost certainly due to the warm welcome they received from the Japanese fans.[3] Additionally, for the North American leg, Seven Seas of Rhye was dropped from the setlist due to it picking up little attention from listeners.

The band planned to return to the United States in late 1975 to play arena shows, however these were all cancelled, most likely due to Queen wanting to distance themselves from Trident and switching managers to John Reid. The shows most likely wouldn't have been profitable, seeing as Queen didn't tour arenas in the United States until 1977.

Opening actsEdit

Set listEdit

The following are average setlists for the respective legs of the tour.

Europe
  1. "Procession"
  2. "Now I'm Here"
  3. "Ogre Battle"
  4. "Father to Son"
  5. "White Queen"
  6. "Flick of the Wrist"
  7. "In the Lap of the Gods"
  8. "Killer Queen"
  9. "The March of the Black Queen"
  10. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown"
  11. "Son and Daughter"
  12. "Keep Yourself Alive"
  13. "Seven Seas of Rhye"
  14. "Stone Cold Crazy"
  15. "Liar"
  16. "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited
Encore
  1. "Big Spender"
  2. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll"
  3. "Jailhouse Rock"
  4. "God Save the Queen"
North America
  • "Procession"
  • "Now I'm Here"
  • "Ogre Battle"
  • "Father to Son"
  • "White Queen"
  • "Flick of the Wrist"
  • "In the Lap of the Gods"
  • "Killer Queen"
  • "The March of the Black Queen"
  • "Bring Back That Leroy Brown"
  • "Son and Daughter"
  • "Keep Yourself Alive"
  • "Stone Cold Crazy"
  • "Liar"
  • "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited
  • Encore
    1. Big Spender"
    2. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll"
    3. "Jailhouse Rock"
    4. "See What A Fool I’ve Been"
    5. "God Save the Queen"
    Japan
  • Procession"
  • "Now I'm Here"
  • "Ogre Battle"
  • "Father to Son"
  • "White Queen"
  • "Flick of the Wrist"
  • "Doing Alright"
  • "In the Lap of the Gods"
  • "Killer Queen"
  • "The March of the Black Queen"
  • "Bring Back That Leroy Brown"
  • "Son and Daughter"
  • "Keep Yourself Alive"
  • "Seven Seas of Rhye"
  • "Stone Cold Crazy"
  • "Liar"
  • "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited
  • Encore
    1. "Big Spender"
    2. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll"
    3. "Jailhouse Rock"
    4. "See What A Fool I’ve Been"
    5. "God Save the Queen"
    Notes
    • In Manchester and Liverpool, "Liar" and "Stone Cold Crazy" swapped places.
    • "Seven Seas of Rhye" Only Performed In Calgary on The North American Leg.
    • "Great King Rat" and "See What a Fool I've Been" were not performed in Kakegawa.
    • Starting on April 30 1975, "Great King Rat" replaced "Father to Son".
    • "Hangman" was performed during the final show in Tokyo on May 1.

    Tour datesEdit

    Date City Country Venue
    Europe[4]
    30 October 1974 Sheffield United Kingdom Palace Theatre
    31 October 1974 Hanley Victoria Hall
    1 November 1974 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
    2 November 1974 Leeds University of Leeds Refectory
    3 November 1974 Coventry Coventry Theatre
    5 November 1974 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
    6 November 1974 Bradford St George's Hall
    7 November 1974 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
    8 November 1974 Glasgow The Apollo
    9 November 1974 Lancaster The Great Hall
    10 November 1974 Preston Preston Guild Hall
    12 November 1974 Bristol Colston Hall
    13 November 1974 Bournemouth Winter Gardens
    14 November 1974 Southampton Gaumont Theatre
    15 November 1974 Swansea Brangwyn Hall
    16 November 1974 Birmingham Birmingham Town Hall
    18 November 1974 Oxford New Theatre
    19 November 1974 London Rainbow Theatre
    20 November 1974
    23 November 1974 Gothenburg Sweden Gothenburg Concert Hall
    25 November 1974 Helsinki Finland Kulttuuritalo
    27 November 1974 Lund Sweden Olympen
    2 December 1974 Munich West Germany Theater an der Brienner Straße
    4 December 1974[a] Frankfurt Palmengarten
    5 December 1974 Hamburg Musikhalle
    6 December 1974 Cologne Sartory-Saal
    8 December 1974 The Hague Netherlands Nederlands Congresgebouw
    10 December 1974[b] Schaerbeek Belgium Théâtre 140
    13 December 1974 Barcelona Spain Palau dels Esports
    North America[4]
    5 February 1975 Columbus United States Agora Ballroom
    7 February 1975 Dayton Palace Theatre
    8 February 1975[A] Cleveland Music Hall
    9 February 1975 South Bend Morris Civic Auditorium
    10 February 1975 Detroit Ford Auditorium
    11 February 1975 Toledo Student Union Auditorium
    14 February 1975 Waterbury Palace Theater
    15 February 1975[c] Boston Orpheum Theatre
    16 February 1975[d] New York City Avery Fisher Hall
    17 February 1975 Trenton Trenton War Memorial Theater
    19 February 1975 Lewiston Lewiston Armory
    21 February 1975 Passaic Capitol Theatre
    22 February 1975 Harrisburg State Farm Show Arena
    23 February 1975[e] Philadelphia Erlanger Theatre
    24 February 1975 Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center Concert Hall
    5 March 1975 La Crosse Sawyer Auditorium
    6 March 1975 Madison Dane County Coliseum
    7 March 1975 Milwaukee Uptown Theatre
    8 March 1975 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
    9 March 1975 St. Louis Convention Hall
    10 March 1975 Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
    12 March 1975 Atlanta Municipal Auditorium
    13 March 1975 Charleston Charleston Coliseum
    17 March 1975[f] Miami Miami Marine Stadium
    18 March 1975 Chalmette St. Bernard Parish Civic Auditorium
    20 March 1975 San Antonio San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
    21 March 1975 Houston Houston Music Hall
    22 March 1975 Dallas McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
    23 March 1975
    25 March 1975 Tulsa Tulsa Municipal Theater
    29 March 1975[g] Santa Monica Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
    30 March 1975 San Francisco Winterland Ballroom
    2 April 1975 Edmonton Canada Kinsmen Field House
    3 April 1975 Calgary Stampede Corral
    6 April 1975 Seattle United States Paramount Northwest Theatre
    Asia[4]
    19 April 1975 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
    22 April 1975 Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
    23 April 1975 Kobe Kokusai Kaikan Hall
    25 April 1975 Fukuoka Fukuoka Kyuden Kinen Gymnasium
    28 April 1975 Okayama Kenritsu Taiikukan
    29 April 1975 Kakegawa Yamaha Tsumagoi Hall
    30 April 1975 Yokohama Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
    1 May 1975 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

    Cancelled showsEdit

    Date City Country Venue
    28 November 1974 Copenhagen Denmark Tivoli Gardens
    29 November 1974 Oslo Norway Chateau Neuf
    7 December 1974 Singen West Germany Scheffelhalle
    6 February 1975 Cincinnati United States Reflections
    25 February 1975 Pittsburgh Stanley Theatre
    26 February 1975 Kutztown Keystone Hall
    27 February 1975 Buffalo Kleinhans Music Hall
    28 February 1975 Toronto Massey Hall
    1 March 1975 Kitchener Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
    2 March 1975 London London Gardens
    4 March 1975 Davenport RKO Orpheum Theater
    14 March 1975 St. Petersburg Sunshine Speedway
    15 March 1975 Miami Miami Marine Stadium
    16 March 1975 Winter Haven Florida Citrus Showcase
    22 March 1975 Austin Armadillo World Headquarters
    26 March 1975 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
    28 March 1975 San Diego Open Air Theatre
    5 April 1975 Vancouver Orpheum Theatre
    7 April 1975 Portland Paramount Theatre
    12 August 1975 Philadelphia Spectrum
    13 August 1975 New York City Felt Forum
    14 August 1975 Landover Capital Centre
    15 August 1975 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
    16 August 1975 Boston Boston Garden
    17 August 1975 Providence Providence Civic Center
    19 August 1975 Henrietta Dome Arena
    20 August 1975 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
    21 August 1975 Detroit Cobo Arena
    22 August 1975 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
    23 August 1975 Richfield Township The Coliseum at Richfield
    24 August 1975 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
    26 August 1975 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque
    27 August 1975 Saginaw Saginaw County Event Center
    28 August 1975 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
    29 August 1975 Chicago International Amphitheatre
    30 August 1975 Saint Paul St. Paul Auditorium
    31 August 1975 Duluth Duluth Auditorium

    External linksEdit

    NotesEdit

    1. ^ Originally scheduled at Jahrhunderthalle.
    2. ^ Originally scheduled at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels.
    3. ^ Consisted of matinee and evening shows.
    4. ^ Consisted of matinee and evening shows.
    5. ^ Consisted of matinee and evening shows.
    6. ^ Originally scheduled for 17 March 1975.
    7. ^ Consisted of matinee and evening shows.

    ReferencesEdit

    1. ^ "Queen – Sheer Heart Attack Tour 74'-75'". NME. IPC Magazines Ltd. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
    2. ^ "Live 1974". Queen Official Website. February 2016. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
    3. ^ "Queen live on tour: Sheer Heart Attack". Queen Concerts. January 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
    4. ^ a b c Brooks, Greg (9 May 2005). "Queen" Live!: A Concert Documentary. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9781844496600.