City: Gothenburg, Sweden
Venue: Scandinavium
Date: May 10, 1977

Setlist:
A Day At The Races overture, Tie Your Mother Down, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Death On Two Legs, Brighton Rock, '39, You Take My Breath Away, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Lady, Keep Yourself Alive, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Liar, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


                         

Freddie responds to the enthusiastic audience after White Queen. "That's wonderful! You're terrific. Thank you very much. And that's only the third song. OK, we'd like to carry on. It's really nice to see you taking part in the show." The ensuing version of Somebody To Love is excellent, with Mercury in excellent voice. After the song, Brian says, "Thank you for making that a hit up here."

Brian messes up the solo in Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy tonight as he did in Stockholm two nights before. He likely worked it out on the next day off once and for all, and nailed it at the next show in Copenhagen and from there onward.

Freddie and John Deacon both flub the intro to The Millionaire Waltz, but they soon whiz their way through Bring Back That Leroy Brown.

"This is a very special song dedicated to all of you. It's called Death On Two Legs." A far cry from the vicious dedications he'd do by the autumn of 1978. "I do feel good," he says after the song, mirroring the last lyric. The band are genuinely enjoying the show.

Freddie does his usual toast with the audience before Brighton Rock. "Cheers, Gothenburg. Skål!" But what he tastes isn't to his liking. "What happened to the champagne? You're fired." Brian's ensuing guitar solo is excellent. His solos are very creative during this period.

A killer version of White Man is played at this show.

Brian likely isn't feeling well tonight. He bows out of most of his vocal harmonies and even lets Freddie introduce In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, something he has done every night since 1974. The song returns to the set after being dropped for the Stockholm show, as does Sweet Lady.

Brian's solo in Liar is outstanding.

This is the last known instance of Queen performing Big Spender on a regular basis (they'd revive it only a very few times after it was dropped from the set, like in Berlin '78, Paris '79, and London '86). Here's a quote from Freddie Mercury about the song and his theatrical side:

"Sneaking my cabaret influences into our act was done slowly. Could you imagine me doing Big Spender when we first started as a rock band? They'd freak. Now we do more of a combination of rock 'n' roll and theatre, but obviously with a song like Tie Your Mother Down we're a rock band. The others in the band aren't embarrassed when I'm outrageous onstage. Of course, a lot of my lyrics are tongue in cheek. I don't like being serious, because I tend to get too serious and drive me - and everyone around me - crazy. The line 'Bring out the charge of the love brigade; there's spring in the air once again' is funny. It's so Julie Andrews."

Many thanks to Sami Laurila for locating the pictures seen above at http://artrock.se.

A couple more pics from Gothenburg can be seen at http://www.rockphotos.se.


Recording length: 108 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B- / B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
A Day At The Races overture, Tie Your Mother Down, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Death On Two Legs, Brighton Rock, '39, You Take My Breath Away, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Lady, Keep Yourself Alive, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Liar, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Even though the quality is pretty rough at the beginning, the beginning of Tie Your Mother Down still sounds ever so powerful. By Somebody To Love the quality improves greatly as the taper switches it to stereo, although it strangely slows down a half-semitone. It worsens again by Now I'm Here, but then Liar, Big Spender and part of Jailhouse Rock are in stereo again. By this point the tape speed fluctuations hamper the listening experience, and it's an adventure until the end of the tape.

There are many cuts at the beginnings of songs and between songs.


Recording length: 2 CDR, incomplete
Quality: C / B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "European News Of The World Tour" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
A Day At The Races overture, Tie Your Mother Down, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Death On Two Legs, Brighton Rock, '39, You Take My Breath Away, White Man, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Lady, Keep Yourself Alive, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Liar, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


The audience recording was bootlegged for the first time in March 2010 by Breakdown, with this horribly incorrect title (Queen are currently touring for A Day At The Races, and News Of The World hasn't been recorded yet).

They tagged on most of the Los Angeles recording from a couple months earlier. The quality of both concerts is much worse than the recordings that have circulated for years, having endured much digital processing.




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