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Gallery update Queen performed at The Boston Garden, Boston,

23 July 1982, Queen performed at The Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 🇺🇸 2nd show of their US tour.

“Hot Space North American Tour”

It’s announced from the Mayor, 23 July is “QUEEN DAY for the city of Boston!”

From Montreal Queen flew straight to Boston, where the city declared 23 July an official ‘Queen Day’ and the band were handed the keys to the city by the Mayor Kevin H. White, and an official declaration was signed, stamped and presented to them.

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The enthusiasm of the people carried on throughout the day and on to the gig that night; the atmosphere was electric, quelling the band’s apprehensions that that the adverse reaction to ‘Hot Space’ by the American public would have an effect on ticket sales and the eagerness of the audiences.

Brian said: “Boston had been one of the first American cities to really break for us. They were all so enthusiastic, they had parades and Queen events. It was just great, they really loved us!”

(Queen As It Began)

Before the show begins, WBCN radio DJ Mark Parenteau makes an annoucement as per the mayor’s formal proclamation, which excites the audience a great deal:

“From the mayor’s office, whereas Queen as an internationally-renouned band comprising of four talented musicians, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and Brian May, formed in 1971, has been a continued source of entertainment for the music-loving world and provided a model of professionalism and great rock and roll. Whereas the band’s appearance at the Boston Garden on this day, July 23, 1982, will celebrate the band’s first performance in more than two years [ed. not quite!], I therefore, Kevin H. White, the mayor of Boston, will hereby proclaim this day, July 23, 1982, as Queen Day for the city of Boston.”

The audience give this show a wonderful atmosphere, and the band turn in a great performance. There is quite a bit of improvisation at the end of ‘Action This Day’ and ‘Calling All Girls,’ reflecting their collective enjoyment. Brian May is having so much fun that he jumps into the solo of ‘Dragon Attack’ early, cutting out the second verse entirely.

The band decide against playing Back Chat on the second night of the tour. In fact, they wouldn’t play it again until October.

The beautiful pictures were taken by Derek Szabo


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