By March 1st, and after three bassists have departed, John Deacon joins the band. From this day on - to the very last Queen concert on 9 August, 1986 - the band line-up remains the same.

Four months of intensive rehearsals follow before the new line-up is ready to perform its first two shows in July. The gigs are typically attended by sixty or seventy people and provide Queen with an opportunity to gauge valuable audience reaction and comment. An invitationfor one show asks guests to attend ‘a good time with good music, from a band who desperately need an opinion.’

On 11 July, Queen begin an 11 date tour of Cornwall, and concludes at the Tregye Festival of Contemporary Music, an outdoor show on August 21.

The year is rounded off by two more gigs in and around the London area, concluding with a New Year’s Eve gig at the London Rugby Club.

Misc Concerts
Mon 18th Jan - UK, London, Marquee Club (bass Barry Mitchell)
Sat 9th Jan - UK, Ewell, Technical College (bass Barry Mitchell)
Fri 19th Feb - UK, London, Hornsey Town Hall (bass Doug Bogie)
Sat 20th Feb - UK, London, Kingston Polytechnic (bass Doug Bogie)
Fri 2nd July - UK, Surrey, College (bass John Deacon)
Sun 11th July - UK, London, Imperial College

Cornish Tour
Sat 17th July - UK, Penzance, The Garden
Mon 19th July - UK, Hayle, Rugby Club
Sat 24th July - UK, Wadebridge, Town Hall
Thu 29th July - UK, Penzance, The Garden
Sat 31st July - UK, Truro, City Hall
Mon 2nd Aug - UK, Hayle, Rugby Club
Mon 9th Aug - UK, St Agnes, Driftwood Spars
Thu 12th Aug - UK, Truro, Tregye Hotel
Sat 14th Aug - UK, Culdrose, NCO's Mess, RAF Culdrose
Tue 17th Aug - UK, Truro, City Hall
Sat 21st Aug - UK, Truro, Tregye, Carnon Downs Festival

Misc Concerts
Wed 6th Oct - UK, London, Imperial College
Thu 9th Dec - UK, Epsom, Swimming Baths
Fri 31st Dec - UK, Twickenham, Rugby Club

Text taken from the forthcoming revised and updated edition of Queen Live: A Concert Documentary, by Greg Brooks & Gary Taylor

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