Queen in Brisbane, Australia on 23.04.1976 (written by Wayne Lang)

I saw Queen in concert at Festival Hall, Brisbane on their "Night At The Opera" tour. My girlfriend, at the time offered to buy me a ticket if I would take her for her birthday. We were both around 15 at the time.

I wasn't all that keen on going as I was heavily into KISS & was a huge heavy metal fan, so to put it bluntly, I thought Queen were a bunch of poofs, so I'm really glad I decided to take her. The band completely blew me away with their awesome stage presence and the quality of their musicianship. Needless to say, I became an instant fan, and to this day, I still consider it one of the best concerts I've attended, and I've been to quite a few over the years.

The support acts were "Ray Burton Band" and "Taste". Attendance figures are hard to guage, but it was probably close to capacity, so at a guess I'd say it would have been around 2500-3500. Unfortunately, the venue doesn't exist any longer, which is a true shame, as I'd seen quite a few bands play there over the years. In fact the 1st concert I went to see with my wife, (now of 33 years) was Foreigner @ Festival Hall in 1978. Some other bands I've also seen there were: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Status Quo, Suzi Quatro, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, The Sweet and of course, Queen.

I was very saddened to hear the news when Freddie died. As you all know, the world lost that day, one of the best singers in rock history, and I'm so honoured to have been able to see him perform live. What a great f__king band they were.

Wayne Lang, Australia


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