Welcome to Queenlive.ca. My goal of launching this website is to offer a comprehensive database of information about Queen concerts in a time machine-type manner, catering to the collector and the common fan alike. This project was originally intended to be a book, but a few friends helped me realize that the disadvantage of writing a book is that it cannot be immediately updated with new information, unlike a website. For that reason, one can argue that countless books become obsolete not long after they hit the market.
Much inspiration for this project came from a Yes concert website, www.forgottenyesterdays.com - but unfortunately it has been down for quite some time now.
Nearly 550 of the 707 shows performed by Queen from 1970 to 1986 are documented on this website by means of at least one of the following: Pictures, a setlist, a review, a flyer, a poster, an anecdote, a recording, or simply a useful piece of information about it.
All of the pictures seen here are confirmed to be from a specific date (or at least a specific venue, as some pictures are labeled as "Rotterdam 1979" for instance, when Queen played two nights). In each concert listing the pictures generally appear in the order in which the concert unfolded (for example, if there are twenty pictures from a 1977 concert, the first picture won't be of Freddie in his flashy silver suit during the encore). Many thanks to Nino Trovato, Nareg Mikaelian, Alessio Rizzitelli, Fabio Minero and Valery Oganov for consistently ensuring I have all the pictures that could possibly be available to me. Also thanks to Andreas Voigts for sharing a plethora of bootleg artwork scans, and not to mention his unparalleled expertise on the history of Queen bootlegs.
Much of the information about Queen's early concerts seen here is the fruits of the labour of Rupert White. His work has almost single-handedly rewritten the history of the first two years of the band. Many of his initial findings were available on his blog, but now you can all give him your thanks by purchasing his book, "Queen In Cornwall."
I also recommend Queenconcerts.com, as it has a wealth of concert-related information. There is also Queen archivist Greg Brooks' revised Queen Live book, even though it has hundreds of errors (half of his setlists from the 70s are wrong, for starters). Still, for the most part it is a great resource, as it is about 99% correct. It is also worth noting that he did not footnote the book, making it virtually impossible to differentiate his work from the work of the large number of people (myself included) who submitted corrections and/or new information to him. Technicalities aside, I am credited in the acknowledgements of the book, so life is good. I am also credited in Georg Purvis' excellent book Queen: Complete Works.
Many thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in some way to create and maintain this website over the years - particularly Tilomagnet, for his vast knowledge of all things related to preservating the quality of old recordings, and taking the time to explain every little bit of it to me - even if it's for the fourth time - but who's counting?!
A special thank you goes out to Ivan Orlov for an unexpected donation via PayPal. This website does have some operating costs. :-)
Another key note of thanks goes out to Jerome Lelkes, who has spent some big bucks to acquire early tour itineraries, which have provided otherwise inaccessible information about concerts that were rescheduled or canceled.
The following people (from virtually all corners of the globe) have also contributed in some way, and I thank them all graciously:
Patrice Ackerson, Mark Alexander, Mário Almeida, Manuel Angelini, Dejo Anthony, Arc, Chris Ard, Chris Aull, Per Baden, Ernie Baister, Greg Barnes, Jorge di Benedetto, Nebojsa Bjeletic, Ian Stewart Brown, Bobby the Cat, Robert Bortolotti, Luká Bosík, Mark Bowles, Helmut Brasse, Greg Brooks, Bill Brown, Nick Browning, Mark Canham, Erik Cartar, Worth Chollar, Brandon Chrisman, Simon Christensen, Maxim Chumak, Brian Clemens, Sam Coates, Julien Cohen, Ben Corby, Alex Crompton, Dan Cuny, Charlie DeMore, David van Dijk, Mark Dillon, djcamper, Ian Dugini, Jon Duxbury, Emrabt, Ernst, Richard Farrell, Olivier Feltgen, Ferdy, Luis Flores, Alex Fontaine, Raf Foubert, John Fransen, Juan Gabriel, Anne Creelman Garcia, Gianluca, Fabio Di Gianni, Ginger, GinjaNinja, Luis M. Gómez, Vernon L. Gowdy III, Stephen Greenaway, Maxime Guay, Carole Hill, Harry van Hofwegen, Holly2003, Valčre Hornus, Craig Houston, Chris Irons, Jens Iwarson, Janneman, Martin de Jong, Lizette de Jong, Manny Juanilla, Kef, David King, Jeroen Kooistra, Wolf Kuntze, René Kurpershoek, Irene Kuzemko, Lamberto, Dan Lampinski, Sami Laurila, Jeffrey Lee, Helly Lemmy, Andy Maas, Janet Macoska, Dave Maguire, Joe Maloney, Russell Mansell, Nestor Mara, Marknow, Masahiko, Master Marathon Runner, Dave Matkin, Bas Mauriks, Marc Michollet, Daniel Minero, Bill Minter, Kevin Miske, Herbye Mitchell, Mrducksoup, Luke Mullens, Cameron Myers, Marcos Napier, Mariusz Neugebauer, Paul Nicholson, Renzo Archimede Olivieri, Greg Osborne, Yannick Ouwehand, Jane Palm-Gold, Giovanni Pantano, George Parker, Gillian Parry, Richard Paul-Jones, Leonardo Pelz, Pittrek, Gordon Plumridge, Dave Pruitt, Kimmo Pulli, Luke Rathnau, Andrew Reid, Annelies van Riet, Matteo Ricci, Adrian Robles, Ivan César Martins Rocha, Rick Rock, Olivier Ruth, Ruud, Conor Ryan, Manuel Sánchez, Tim de Scally, Rob Schoorl, Martin Schu, Mr. Scully, Sebastian, Daniele Semenzato, Stevie Shanks, Christopher Shin, Alejandro Siepe, Erwin Sijbrands, Silken, Eddy Smit, Richard Smith, Gerard Sparaco, Splicksplack, Stark, Dagmara Szymanska, Claudio Tassone, Gary Taylor, Mauro Terenzi, TheJackal, Thetman, Fabio Tosti, Wolfgang Trabitzsch, Mike Tremaglio, Sean Trend, Hugo Vázquez, Rick van der Wal, Janet Webb, René Wiersma, Shane Wilkes and Wilki.
Immeasurable gratitude also goes out to John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor.
If you feel you have anything you'd like to add to this website, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Enjoy your stay!