From now until The Game in 1980, all of the bands tours would start off in North America, which also began a trend of the band members buying instruments in the States at the beginning of the tour. On 6th October 1977, the band invited people from the Fan Club to attend a video shoot for their upcoming single (which turned out to be We Are the Champions) and they thanked them by giving a surprise concert. That concert is included here, and not on the News of the World tour, as they still played a Races-era set and used Races-era equipment.

At the end of the tour (Earls Court), Roger trashed his drum set. John began the tour with his Fender basses but then he got a Music Man Stingray and used it as his main for the remainder, including the 6th October surprise for the fans.

Percussion

Roger's Ludwig kit
Roger's tambourine
John playing a triangle
Drum kit
  • Ludwig 26" x 14" bass-drum.
  • Ludwig 14" x 7.5" snare drum.
  • Ludwig 16" x 16", 18" x 18" and 20" x 20" floor toms.
  • Ludwig 14" x 14", 13" x 13" and 12" x 12" rack toms.
  • Ludwig 10" x 10", 8" x 8" and 6" x 6" small toms.
  • Paiste 8" splash cymbal.
  • Paiste 18" crash cymbal.
  • Paiste 22" china cymbal.
  • Zildjian 15" hi-hats.
  • Zildjian 20" and 2 x 18" crash cymbals.
  • Zildjian 22" ride cymbal.
  • 3 x Cowbells.
  • Ludwig Speed-King pedal.
  • Ludwig stands.
  • Premier sticks.
  • Bass-drum logo: white crest / black background.
Gong [hit once at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody and during White Man and Ogre Battle]
  • Paiste 60" symphonic.
  • Bespoke beaters.
  • Paiste stands.
Tambourine
  • Unknown
Triangle [Killer Queen]
  • Unknown.

Bass guitars

John's fretless bass
John's Musicman Stingray bass
John's Fender Precision '68
Electric bass guitars
  • Fender Precision 1965.
  • Fender Precision 1968 (e.g. 05.02.1977).
  • Fender Precision fretless [´39]
  • Music Man Stingray [11.02.1977 onwards].
Bass rig
  • 5 x Acoustic 371 amplifiers.
  • 3 x Acoustic cabinets.
  • 2 x Gauss 4" x 12" cabinets.
  • 1 x Cornish (?) bespoke control.

Guitars / banjo

Brian's Red Special
Brian's back-up guitars
Brian's banjo
Brian's acoustic Ovation
Electric six-string guitars
  • BHM bespoke [main]
  • Birch bespoke [spare, e.g. 17.03.1977]
  • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe [second spare]
Guitar rig
  • Cornish bespoke effect [trebe-booster]
  • EBow [06.10.1977 - Prophet's Song]
  • Eventide harmoniser
  • fOXX foot pedal [phaser]
  • 2 x Maestro tape-delay
  • 9 x Vox AC30 amplifiers
  • Vox foot pedal [wah-wah]
Acoustic guitar ['39]
  • Ovation Pacemaker 1615 twelve-string
Ukelele-banjo [Leroy Brown]
  • Sheltone

Piano

Freddie's Steinway at Earls Court
Piano
  • Depending on the venue - e.g. Steinway [Madison Square Garden]