Queen performed at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1977.
A recording from the Detroit show has been rumoured to exist, but nothing has ever come of it.
From this night onward, Queen were supported by Thin Lizzy. Lizzy’s manager, Chris O’Donnell, later recalled the experience:
“There were definitely times when Thin Lizzy played Queen off the stage. I felt that, as good as Queen were, they were now so stylised that the slightest thing going wrong threw the whole perfect balance right off, whereas Lizzy were so hungry and raw that they had an unpredictable energy on stage and it showed. The two bands were a great package, though.” He also recalled Freddie throwing a fit when any city on the tour couldn’t provide a limousine to travel to and from the gig in, often refusing to get in the car. But even Chris could tell that Freddie’s tantrums stemmed from other, deeper issues within him.
One of their guitarists, Scott Gorham, recalls: “A lot of bands get paranoid about not letting the support act upstage them, and to keep you down they won’t give you a soundcheck, etc. But we didn’t get any of that from Queen. They said right away, ‘Here’s the PA. Now you’ll need soundchecks and lights, and what else?’ Together we had the attitude that we would set out as a British attack to conquer America. Of course we were two very different bands. Lizzy was a sort of punk band with street cred, whereas Queen were very polished and sophisticated, so you see there was no competitiveness on that score.”
The t-shirt seen in the pictures was available for purchase at the concession stands.
Here’s a fan story written by Nancy
Queen came back to Detroit January 18, 1977 and my two best friends were there but this time we were going to go to the Ponchartrain Hotel after the concert and sit in the lobby and hope the band shows up. We did not even know if they were staying there or what we would do if we saw them. All of us were well dressed so the hotel did not mind us loitering in the reception area. And then the unbelievable occurred. We saw the band ascend into the lobby from an escalator 30 feet from us. It was like the earth stood still. We did not move. All I remember is Roger Taylor wearing a gorgeous full length light brown fur coat with his blond hair all about. He looked like a Greek god to me. And then they vanished from sight and the three of us sat there awestruck. I was so taken by the sight of Roger that I never noticed the rest of the band! My friends saw Freddie and Brian. I do remember the roadie staff trailing behind and they said hi girls. We drove home in a daze.
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