Queen live at the City Hall, Newcastle, UK [11.12.1975]
doesn't exist - if you have any footage, please contact me
Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano, tambourine),
Brian May (electric guitar, backing vocals, banjo),
Roger Taylor (drums, backing vocals),
John Deacon (bass guitar, triangle)
ticket stub (from my own collection)
concert program (from my own collection)
backstage pass (from my own collection)
Written by Mark Newbury
After seeing Queen appear on TOTP (Seven Seas of Rhye?), couple of friends & I became devoted fans.
When the late 1975 tour was advertised, that vey day we rushed down local travel agents - who sold tickets & organised a coach to Newcastle, for the princely sum of GBP 3.50.
Come the day we all trooped down to the coach depot & made good time to Newcastle & glory be, bearing in mind that none of us (15 yr olds) had ever been to a concert before, concert programmes & badges where on sale!!!
Even better... as we where the 1st people to buy a ticket, our seats where dead centre 3 rows or so from the front of the stage.
(I think the tickets went on sale a couple of weeks before BR was released - then everybody wanted one. We where the envy of school.)
Mr Big supported. We where impressed by the fact they had two drummers & we sat all the way through the set, not wanting to miss a moment.
The actual concert itself, well what can I say? Writing this some (nearly) 35 years later I can clearly remember the lights going down, a mounting sense of excitement rippling through the audience & the (taped) opening sequence of Bohemian Rhapsody booming through the speakers. What caught us all by surprise was that the middle section was cut; the band launched into the last section - in an explosion of lights & volume.
City Hall went beserk... my friends & I where floored by the fact that our heroe's where little more than feet away & playing for us.
A truly magnificent concert, the band played for the audience & "put on a show to remember" (the amount of times I subsequently went to see (quite often big & famous) bands who went through the motions so to speak...)
Alas... things where never quite the same after that. I never really got into Night at the Opera & a year or so later heard the Pistols & the Clash for the 1st time.
But hey! They may have gone onto bigger & better things, but as far as us 15 yr olds where concerned on the coach back home, 11th Dec 1975 was the night Queen truly ruled the world.