This tour over Britain and Ireland was done mostly to play in smaller venues and remember the old days. It had some important additions to the equipment, the most famous of course being Freddie playing guitar on Crazy Little Thing Called Love. He usually talked to the audience before the song and mentioned how he, apparently, only played three chords (the line in question was often said by Elvis, whom Freddie was doing an impression of on the track). From then on until the band's last concert ever in 1986, Freddie would always play guitar on that song on stage.
Timpani [Roger's Solo]
Gong [hit once at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody]
Tambourines & maracas
Electric bass guitars
Electric six-string guitars
Acoustic guitars ['39, Love of My Life, Crazy Little Thing]
Acoustic guitar rig
What about the recording sessions?
All four band members used different instruments to record Crazy Little Thing Called Love from the ones they played live: Roger's drum kits were always different live vs. studio, John played the 1955 Fender Masterbuilt Precision, Brian used Roger's 1967 Fender Esquire and Freddie played a Martin D-18 acoustic guitar instead of Ovarion. The June/July 1979 recording sessions in Munich included the use of a Yamaha C-7B piano (played by Freddie on Sail Away Sweet Sister and by Brian on Save Me) as well as an Oberheim OB-X synthesiser.