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Instruments: Day At The Races Tour [13.01.1977 - 06.10.1977]

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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.


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.


Triangle [Killer Queen]

Roger's Ludwig kit Roger's tambourine John playing a triangle

Bass guitars

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.

John's fretless bass John's Musicman Stingray bass John's Fender Precision '68

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]

Freddie's Steinway at Earls Court

Depending on the venue
e.g. Steinway [Madison Square Garden]

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