The Game Tour

The Game Tour was a concert tour by the British rock band Queen to support their successful 1980 album The Game. This tour featured the first performances in South America by the group. In Buenos Aires, Queen drew a crowd of 300,000—the largest single concert crowd in Argentine history as of 1982.[1] In São Paulo, Brazil, the attendance was 131,000 and 120,000 on two consecutive nights.[2] This was the only tour that Queen played in Venezuela where they were due to play 5 shows in its capital city Caracas. However, after their third performance on 27 September, the Venezuelan government declared an 8-day period of National Mourning due to the passing of Venezuelan former president Romulo Betancourt. The remaining two concerts were cancelled and all tickets were refunded to more than 50,000 disappointed fans.[citation needed]

The Game Tour
Tour by Queen
LocationNorth America, Europe, Asia, South America
Start date30 June 1980
End date25 November 1981
Legs6
No. of shows49 in North America
17 in Europe
5 in Asia
10 in South America
81 in Total
Queen concert chronology

SetlistEdit

Average setlistEdit

This setlist is representative of the performance on 30 September 1980 in New York City, United States. It does not represent all the setlists for the duration of the tour.

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Jailhouse Rock"
  3. "We Will Rock You (Fast)"
  4. "Let Me Entertain You"
  5. "Play The Game"
  6. "Mustapha"
  7. "Death On Two Legs"
  8. "Killer Queen"
  9. "I'm In Love With My Car"
  10. "Get Down, Make Love"
  11. "You're My Best Friend"
  12. "Save Me"
  13. "Now I'm Here"
  14. "Dragon Attack"
  15. "Now I'm Here (Reprise)"
  16. "Fat Bottomed Girls"
  17. "Love Of My Life"
  18. "Keep Yourself Alive"
  19. "Drum Solo"
  20. "Guitar Solo"
  21. "Brighton Rock (Reprise)"
  22. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
  23. "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  24. "Tie Your Mother Down"
    Encore
  25. "Another One Bites The Dust"
  26. "Sheer Heart Attack"
    Encore
  27. "We Will Rock You"
  28. "We Are the Champions"
  29. "God Save the Queen"

Selected setlistsEdit

North America
Europe
Japan
South America Bites The Dust
Gluttons For Punishment

Tour datesEdit

 
Queen (with Mercury in an Argentina jersey) meeting Diego Maradona (in an United Kingdom jersey) before their last concert in Buenos Aires, March 8, 1981 [3]
List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Ref(s)
North America
30 June 1980 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum N/A
1 July 1980 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum
2 July 1980 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum
5 July 1980 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 11,500 / 11,500 $110,000 [4]
6 July 1980 Phoenix Compton Terrace 8,410 / 8,410 $77,351 [5]
8 July 1980 Inglewood The Forum 60,800 / 60,800 $594,970 [5]
9 July 1980 [5]
11 July 1980 [5]
12 July 1980 [5]
13 July 1980 Oakland Oakland Coliseum Arena 19,861 $179,466 [6]
14 July 1980 [6]
5 August 1980 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 6,200 $50,611 [7]
6 August 1980 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex Arena N/A
8 August 1980 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center
9 August 1980 Dallas Reunion Arena
10 August 1980 Houston The Summit 10,222 $98,642 [7]
12 August 1980 Atlanta Omni Coliseum N/A
13 August 1980 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
14 August 1980 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
16 August 1980 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
17 August 1980[a] Indianapolis Market Square Arena
20 August 1980[b] Hartford Hartford Civic Center 9,930 $91,590 [9]
22 August 1980[c] Philadelphia The Spectrum 14,117 $121,764 [9]
23 August 1980[d] Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center N/A
24 August 1980[e] Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
26 August 1980 Providence Providence Civic Center
27 August 1980 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
29 August 1980 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum 16,403 / 16,403 $173,447 [10]
30 August 1980 Toronto CNE Grandstand 22,312 / 22,312 $227,166 [10]
10 September 1980 Milwaukee United States MECCA Arena N/A
12 September 1980 Kansas City Kemper Arena 10,825 $100,529 [11]
13 September 1980 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium N/A
14 September 1980 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center 13,900 $133,000 [12]
16 September 1980 Ames Hilton Coliseum 9,125 $84,143 [12]
17 September 1980 St. Louis Checkerdome 6,667 $61,295 [12]
19 September 1980 Chicago Rosemont Horizon N/A
20 September 1980 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 15,559 / 15,559 $152,955 [12]
21 September 1980 Richfield Richfield Coliseum N/A
23 September 1980 Glens Falls Glens Falls Civic Center 7,500 / 7,500 $67,694 [13]
24 September 1980 Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial N/A
26 September 1980[f] Boston Boston Garden 13,000 / 13,000 $131,580 [13]
28 September 1980 New York City Madison Square Garden 50,000 $500,000 [14]
29 September 1980 [14]
30 September 1980 [14]
Europe
23 November 1980 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion N/A
25 November 1980 Paris France La Rotonde du Bourget
26 November 1980 Cologne West Germany Sporthalle
27 November 1980 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
29 November 1980 Essen West Germany Grugahalle
30 November 1980 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
1 December 1980 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
5 December 1980 Birmingham England Birmingham International Arena
6 December 1980
8 December 1980 London Wembley Arena
9 December 1980
10 December 1980
12 December 1980 Brussels Belgium Forest National
13 December 1980
14 December 1980 Frankfurt West Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
16 December 1980 Strasbourg France Hall Rhénus
18 December 1980 Munich West Germany Olympiahalle
Asia
12 February 1981 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan N/A
13 February 1981
16 February 1981
17 February 1981
18 February 1981
South America Bites the Dust
28 February 1981 Buenos Aires Argentina José Amalfitani Stadium N/A
1 March 1981
4 March 1981[g] Mar del Plata Estadio José María Minella
6 March 1981 Rosario Estadio Gigante de Arroyito
8 March 1981 Buenos Aires José Amalfitani Stadium
20 March 1981 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi 131,000 N/A
21 March 1981 120,000
Gluttons for Punishment
25 September 1981 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas N/A
26 September 1981
27 September 1981
9 October 1981 Monterrey Mexico Estadio Universitario
17 October 1981 Puebla Estadio Ignacio Zaragoza
18 October 1981
We Will Rock You/Queen Rock Montreal
24 November 1981 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum N/A
25 November 1981

Cancelled concertsEdit

16 August 1980 New York City Battersea Park Open Air Cancelled.[8]
17 August 1980 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum Cancelled.[8]
2 September 1980 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum Cancelled.[8]
5 September 1980 Lexington Rupp Arena Cancelled.[8]
9 September 1980 Madison Dane County Coliseum Cancelled.[8]
13 March 1981 Porto Alegre Estádio Olímpico Monumental Cancelled.[8]
27 March 1981 Rio de Janeiro Maracanã Stadium Rescheduled to October 1981, then cancelled.[8]
29 September 1981 Caracas Poliedro de Caracas Cancelled due to Romulo Betancourt's national mourning period.[8]
30 September 1981 Caracas Poliedro de Caracas Cancelled due to Romulo Betancourt's national mourning period.[8]
10 October 1981 Monterrey Estadio Universitario Cancelled.[8]
15 October 1981 Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco Cancelled.[8]
16 October 1981 Guadalajara Estadio Jalisco Cancelled.[8]

Tour bandEdit

  • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, piano, guitar ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love"), tambourine.
  • Brian May – guitar, backing vocals, piano.
  • Roger Taylor – drums, timpani, lead vocals ("I'm in Love With My Car"), backing vocals.
  • John Deacon – bass guitar, additional vocals

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 17 August 1980 concert in Indianapolis originally part scheduled to take place on 7 September 1980.[8]
  2. ^ The 20 August 1980 concert in Hartford was originally scheduled to take place on 24 August 1980.[8]
  3. ^ The 22 August 1980 concert in Philadelphia was originally scheduled to take place on 27 August 1980.[8]
  4. ^ The 23 August 1980 concert in Baltimore was originally scheduled to take place on 26 August 1980.[8]
  5. ^ The 24 August 1980 concert in Pittsburgh was originally scheduled to take place on 27 August 1980.[8]
  6. ^ The 26 September 1980 concert in Boston was originally scheduled to take place on 3 September 1980.[8]
  7. ^ The 4 March 1981 concert in Mar del Plata was originally scheduled to take place at Estadio Olímpico in Monterrey.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Queen's Flashy Rock". The Washington Post. 27 July 1982.
  2. ^ Henke, James (11 June 1981). "Queen Holds Court in South America". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 9 September 2009.
  3. ^ La historia detrás de la foto by Pablo Lisotto, La Nación, 30 Oct 2018
  4. ^ "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 29. 19 July 1980. p. 32. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 30. 26 July 1980. p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ a b "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 31. 2 August 1980. p. 36. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ a b "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 34. 23 August 1980. p. 32. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Unknown, Unknown. "Cancelled and rescheduled concerts". qliverecordings. Queen Live Recordings. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 36. 6 September 1980. p. 51. ISSN 0006-2510.
  10. ^ a b "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 37. 13 September 1980. p. 35. ISSN 0006-2510.
  11. ^ "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 39. 27 September 1980. p. 37. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ a b c d "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 40. 4 October 1980. p. 37. ISSN 0006-2510.
  13. ^ a b "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 41. 11 October 1980. p. 41. ISSN 0006-2510.
  14. ^ a b c "Top Box Office" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 92 no. 42. 18 October 1980. p. 31. ISSN 0006-2510.

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