Queen’s first U.S. performance was right here in Denver — The Know

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), singer with Queen, perfoems at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom, on 5 June 1982. A few years prior the band played its first U.S. show in Denver. (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive, Getty Images)

The Colorado locale of British rock sensation Queen’s first U.S. performance might have you wondering whether this is real life or just fantasy.

On April 16, 1974, Queen performed its first show for an American audience at Regis University, a private, Roman Catholic and Jesuit university in Denver. The performance happened at the field house of what was then Regis College, with tickets available for $7.50 at the campus bookstore, according to an old advertisement Regis University shared in light of last week’s release of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The northwest Denver university created a video asking students and staff members to identify Queen songs followed by a quiz, asking whether they knew where Queen’s first U.S. performance happened.

Regis students and staff were shocked and delighted to learn Queen wasn’t too cool for their school back in the day.

The poster also announced that the 1974 show would feature special guest Mott the Hoople, another English rock band best known for the song “All the Young Dudes.”

Queen isn’t the only legendary band that kicked off its North American tour in the Mile High City. A few years earlier on Dec.26, 1968, Led Zeppelin opened its first U.S. tour for band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium.

(Provided by Regis University)

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