Queen performed at The Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois, USA this day in 1977! The support act was Thin Lizzy.
Due to bad weather, the trucks with all of Queen’s gear were delayed in getting from Montreal to Chicago. One truck blew off the road, and another P.A. system had to be flown in for this show.
The thousands of freezing fans were waiting outside in the bitter cold, and the promoter told Freddie that the fans were turning blue, pleading with him to have the stadium doors opened. Freddie simply stated, “Darling, we haven’t had a soundcheck yet. We can’t possibly let them hear Queen until then.” But it seemed to Thin Lizzy’s manager Chris O’Donnell that Freddie deliberately delayed the whole process just to make his point. He recalls:
A lemon was thrown at Scott Gorham during Lizzy’s set. A few songs into Queen’s set (during The Millionaire Waltz), about a dozen eggs were thrown from the balcony onto the stage, and Brian May slipped and hurt his tailbone. Freddie stopped the show, the band walked off, and the house lights came back on. They regrouped backstage, and ultimately decided to continue playing. Otherwise the “bad guys would win,” as Brian would later recall. Fifteen minutes later the show resumed, with Freddie saying something to the effect of, “Listen you motherfuckers, we don’t have to play for you if we don’t want to. But for the other 99% of you who want to see the show, we will continue.”
Gorham later joked about it: “There’s a guy somewhere in there with a whole salad bar just waiting for us. We may not be getting paid much, but hell we’ll sure eat well!”
Now I’m Here ended up being the only encore, probably because Brian was hurting.
I attached a review from the January 31 Chicago Tribune, submitted by Victoria Dobbs.
An incomplete audience recording of Thin Lizzy’s opening set emerged in 2010.