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Tours:A Night At The Opera

After six-month recording session of A Night At The Opera album, Queen went for next tour. Meanwhile Bohemian Rhapsody shocked the world.
Rehearsals took place in Elstree studios, where the promo-video for Bohemian Rhapsody had been filmed. The support act was Oxford based Mr. Big.
Bohemian Rhapsody with recorded Kenny Everett's introduction were used in the beginning of every show. The band used pyrotechnic effects, lights and dry ice in even bigger performance than before. Roger added a big gong to his drum installation.
During the British tour played only four new songs: Bohemian Rhapsody, Sweet Lady, Death On Two Legs and Prophet's Song. Bohemian Rhapsody was implemented in medley - first part was played in the beginning and the last part of it at the end (without an opera section). Now I'm Here moved from the beginning to it's steady place and Brighton Rock isolated from Son And Daughter.
The tour itself started in Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

11/14 Empire Theatre, Liverpool
11/15 Empire Theatre, Liverpool
    Both performances Freddie ended by throwing red roses into the audience - the crew had to cut off all thorns to save Freddie's fingers.
11/16 Theatre, Coventry
11/17 Colston Hall, Bristol
11/18 Colston Hall, Bristol
11/19 Capitol, Cardiff
11/21 Odeon, Taunton
11/23 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
11/24 Gaumont, Southampton
11/26 Free Trade Hall, Manchester (two performances)
    During the soundcheck Brian encountered problems with setting up his guitar. For unknown reasons his guitar was generating terrible feedback noise in certain areas of the stage. After complete examination of the stage the problem was discovered - a hidden electric cable to the generator system. The stage was completely re-grounded and the band could have continue. Soundcheck was delayed, but the show started in time.
11/29 Hammersmith Odeon, London
    Brighton Rock was added to the setlist.
11/30 Hammersmith Odeon, London
12/1 Hammersmith Odeon,  London
12/2 Hammersmith Odeon, London
12/7 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
12/8 Guildhall, Preston
12/9 Odeon, Birmingham
12/10 Odeon, Birmingham
12/11 City Hall, Newcastle
    During the drive towards the Dundee, they encountered a police block. Everybody were escorted to the police station and suspected of being in possession of drugs. The group, crew, and tour coach were all searched and allowed to continue on their way. Freddie was asked about having any drugs: "Don't be so impertinent, you stupid little man!" he returned. "The strongest drug anyone imbibed was the odd bottle of Southern Comfort or two," Dicken (lead singer of Mr. Big) later explained.
12/13 Dundee, Caird Hall
12/14 Aberdeen, Capitol
12/15 Apollo Theatre, Glasgow
12/16 Apollo Theatre, Glasgow
12/24 Hammersmith Odeon, London

Setlist (UK):
Bohemian Rhapsody (intro), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist,
Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody/Killer Queen/The March Of The Black Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)/Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Son & Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited
Encores:
Now I'm Here
Second encores:
Jailhouse Rock, Big Spender, Shake Rattle And Roll, Stupid Cupid, Be Bop A Lula, Jailhouse Rock (reprise), God Save The Queen
Bonuses:
Modern Times Rock'n'Roll, See What A Fool I've Been

Next gigs - second big North American tour - were planned on January 1976. Gerry Stickelles was an organizer.
Parties after shows began to be more and more known - long and wild.
They went to New York on 20th of January, in time, when Bohemian Rhapsody reached 9th position.

1/27 Palace Theatre, Waterbury, USA
    Assistant Pete Brown was involved in show - he doubled Freddie at the opposite side of the stage and both performers were alternately lighted during the opening line of Now I'm Here. Pete was the guy who had to remove all thorns from those roses, Freddie threw into the audience.
1/29 Music Hall, Boston, USA
1/30 Music Hall, Boston, USA
1/31 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, USA
2/1 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, USA
2/2 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, USA
2/5 Beacon Theatre, New York, USA
2/6 Beacon Theatre, New York, USA
2/7 Beacon Theatre, New York, USA
2/8 Beacon Theatre, New York, USA
2/11 Masonic Temple, Detroit, USA
2/12 Masonic Temple, Detroit, USA
2/13 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, USA
2/14 Public Hall, Cleveland, USA
2/15 Sports Arena, Toledo, USA
2/18 Civic Centre, Saginaw, USA
2/19 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, USA
2/20 Syrian Mosque, Pittsburg, USA
2/22 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, USA
2/23 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, USA
2/26 Keil Auditorium, St Louis, USA
2/27 Convention Centre, Indianapolis, USA
2/28 Dane County Coliseum, Wisconsin, USA
2/29 Coliseum, Fort Wayne, USA
3/1 Auditorium, Milwaukee, USA
3/3 St. Pauls Auditorium, Minneapolis, USA
3/7 Berkeley Community, Berkeley, USA
3/9 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Los Angeles, USA (two performances)
3/10 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
3/11 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
3/12 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA
3/13 Sports Arena, San Diego, USA

Setlist (USA):
Bohemian Rhapsody (intro), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist
Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody/Killer Queen/The March Of The Black Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)/Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock, Son & Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited
Encores:
Now I'm Here
Second encores:
Jailhouse Rock, Big Spender, God Save The Queen
Bonuses:
Be Bop A Lula, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

After totally sold out tour in America the band flew to Japan. The tickets disappeared too quickly, they had to add some gigs again. Sometimes they played two shows in one day.

3/22 Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
3/23 Aichi Ken Gymnasium, Japan
3/24 Kosei Kaikan, Himeji City, Japan
3/26 Kyuden Gymnasium, Fukuoka, Japan (two performances)
3/29 Kosei Kaikan, Osaka, Japan (two performances)
3/31 Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
4/1 Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
4/2 Miyagi-Ken Sports Centre, Sendai, Japan
4/4 Nichidai Kodo, Tokyo, Japan

Setlist (Japan):
Bohemian Rhapsody (intro), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist
Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody/Killer Queen/The March Of The Black Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)/Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock, Son & Daughter, The Prophet's Song/Death On Two Legs, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
Encores:
Now I'm Here
Second encores:
Rock'n'Roll medley (Jaihouse Rock, Stupid Cupid, Shake Rattle And Roll, Big Spender, Be Bop A Lula), God Save The Queen
Bonuses:
Father To Son, See What A Fool I've Been

Next step led to Australia. They knew, how they had failed during their previous visit, but this time, they were sure about the success - they had an album and a single in top chart positions. They were accepted as a real world band. They played eight sold out gigs.

4/11 Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia
4/14 Apollo Stadium, Adelaide, Australia
4/15 Apollo Stadium, Adelaide, Australia
4/17 Horden Pavillion, Sydney, Australia
4/18 Horden Pavillion, Sydney, Australia
4/19 Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
4/20 Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
4/22 Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia

Setlist turné (Australia):
Bohemian Rhapsody (intro), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist
Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody/Killer Queen/The March Of The Black Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)/Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock, Son & Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited
Encores:
Now I'm Here
Second Encores:
Rock'n'Roll medley (Jaihouse Rock, Big Spender, Be Bop A Lula atd.), God Save The Queen

The band returned back to England, where started to prepare material for new album. In return for English fans' faith they decided to organize a big free-ticket concert. They hardly managed to get Hyde Park scheduled on 18th of September. The band also decided to organize mini-tour around the England. They hired Shepperton studios for rehearsals. Finally, some new material prepared for new album release, was added.

9/1 Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, UK
9/2 Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, UK
    Queen played a premiere in newly opened court. It was the first time, they played instrumental set, during which they stood in front of stage. Freddie played various rustle-tools and threw them into the audience. Since that time, he used to do it every time. They included 'You Take My Breath Away' with Freddie playing from behind the piano in dark hall. They also performed new 'Tie Your Mother Down', during which people were dancing in aisles.
9/10 Castle, Cardiff, UK
    The weather was terrible this day, people were staying in mud, but when Queen appeared on stage, they forgot all worries.
9/18 Hyde Park, London, UK
    The Park was filled to the top by 150 - 200 thousands of fans, traffic was blocked, many people were trying to get to the Park. The support acts were Kiki Dee, Supercharge and Steve Hillage. The show was recorded and broadcasted by Capital Radio. It was also filmed, because DJ Bob Harris had been working on band's documentary. According to given terms the police forbidden Freddie to return for encore. It got so far that the police switched off power and thousands of people had to find their way home in the darkness. Newspapers printed out big Thank You next day, it was band's thanks to fans.

In their own words:
Brian: "'Rhapsody' is not a stage number. A lot of people don't like us leaving the stage. But to be honest, I'd rather leave than have us playing to a backing tape. If you're out there and you've got backing tapes, it's a totally false situation.  So we'd rather be up front about it and say, 'Look. This is not something you can play on stage. It was multi-layered in the studio. We'll play it because we think you want to hear it.' We're not into the over the top production for the sake at it, but because it highlights the music, that's the object in our eyes."
Brian (about Hyde Park): "It was absolute peak. Rather event than common performance, because You know Hyde Park tradition. I was there for the first time to see Floyd and Jethro Tull - it was great atmosphere, everything of such flowing. We hoped we could bring it on again, it would have been scrape, we had a big troubles. It was really hard to even get the place, because the park has to be absolutely clean in the evening. We did a lot of compromises and finally we cound't even encore, because we got over the given time for about 30 minutes."