|City:||New Orleans, LA, USA|
|Date:||October 31, 1978|
Before the show, Brian May is interviewed on TV via telephone where he mentions the concert and pending Jazz album launch party.
The show was delayed while the band's limo driver had to go back to their hotel to retrieve Freddie's ballet slippers.
Freddie introduces Spread Your Wings: "Some people call this song Spread Your Legs. And I like it that way."
Before Love Of My Life, Freddie quips, "I'm going backstage for a rest - maybe get a blow job. Hell, it's Hallowe'en, right?"
The middle row of pictures are from the outrageous and infamous party that took place after the show in the The Imperial Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel, which included strippers, unicyclists, and drag artists. The party was so off the wall that the album actually didn't end up being played! James Henke of Rolling Stone wrote, "Queen threw a bash in New Orleans that featured snake charmers, strippers, transvestites and a naked fat lady who smoked cigarettes in her crotch."
Above all, there are the now-legendary stories about the dwarves with trays of cocaine. Roger Taylor commented on it years later: "It never happened. Well, I never saw it."
And when asked about sex and drugs in general throughout Queen's career, his response was, "There wasn't any s... well, there wasn't any drugs." Wisely, he lets the mystique remain as it keeps the dialogue flowing.
The last eight pics were taken at a press conference the next day (at Brennan's, one of the French Quarter's most elegant restaurants), most of which were submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli. By some miracle, the band don't appear to be hung over or underslept. Nonetheless, the band are wise in booking the tour with a couple days off before the next show in Miami on November 3.
The first concert picture was taken by Ed Fink, and most of the others were submitted by Nino Trovato.
Here is a review and some pro pics from the concert: 1 2 3
Articles mentioning the concert and party can be found at http://www.queencuttings.com and the official Queen website.
Here are a few pro pics from the press conference: 1 2 3 4 5
Another article mentions the party, as well as the tour in general, and Roger's desire to play at Wimbledon Centre Court because of its size and acoustics - a request that would ultimately be denied.