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Sophie Wyllie sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:00 AM

Were you lucky enough to watch rockers Queen perform in Cromer 40 years ago?

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The world-famous group, responsible for hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, played at the Links Pavilion on March 23, 1974.

And the EDP wants to celebrate the anniversary with reader memories and pictures of the concert.

The pavilion venue belonged to the grand 19th century Royal Links Hotel that burned down in January 1949.

Despite the hotel not being rebuilt, the pavilion was brought back into use in 1964 and hosted many bands including The Who and Status Quo until 1977.

On the website whatflosaid.co.uk, dedicated to the former venue as well as the old West Runton Pavilion, Terry Bunting said: “Freddie Mercury was dressed all in black. Brian May came on stage wearing a white outfit with a small cape on the back. They were absolutely brilliant, blew the place to pieces, they were really polished.”

The group started the gig with Freddie Mercury walking down the stairs to a taped introduction of Procession, the first track on their Queen II album. The encore featured Jailhouse Rock and Big Spender.

Mr Bunting said he chatted to Brian May and had his Queen I and Queen II albums signed at the end of the gig.

Another concert goer, called Sandra, said: “It is a night that I will never forget. It changed my life. The band was brilliant and they put on a concert that was really special.

“I next went to see them at Earls Court in London on their Jubilee Tour in 1977 and couldn’t believe they were the same band I had seen at our small local dance hall in a small seaside town in rural Norfolk. This gig has passed into legend and I feel privileged to have been there. Freddie still lives in our hearts.”

Queen formed in London during 1970 and, as well as Freddie Mercury and Brian May, it included Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

The band enjoyed success in Britain with the Queen II album, released in 1974.

But it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 and A Night at the Opera in 1975 that gained the band international success. The latter featured Bohemian Rhapsody, which stayed at number one in the UK singles chart for nine weeks.

By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at the 1985 Live Aid event is widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history.

Were you at the 1974 Cromer gig? Send your memories and photographs to sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk, call 01263 513160 or tweet @swyllie.

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3 comments

  • I was there!, it was a different time back then, men had girls hair cuts. I was there sir, longest time....

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    Glen Pinnock

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Iconic venue that was never replaced when it finally closed. Shame as it introduced Norfolk to some future top line acts. I remember seeing Judas Priest there in 1975 and a couple of months later they were the biggest act in the US! Many big name bands gigged there before they really made the breakthrough. Thin Lizzy being one of them, they put on a great show and made the old place shake! Those were the days!

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    RoadWarrior

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Did it close, I thought it burnt down.

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    gerry mitson

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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