Since then, I've always been a Queen "Greatest Hits" fan. I can't name their deep tracks or B-sides, but I could always sing along to Another One Bites the Dust or Bicycle Race or Fat Bottom Girls whenever they were played on KRXO. Hell, I've even been known to randomly bust out a perfectly timed and choreographed We Will Rock You chant at an OU football watch party. You had to be there.
Knowing all this, I eagerly watched Bohemian Rhapsody this past weekend when it became available on iTunes. For the most part, it's your typical musical biopic – a flat, historically inaccurate, two-hour semi-fabricated CliffsNotes reenactment of the band's highlights and lowlights.
Disappointed with the film, I went on a late-night Internet dive into all things Queen. I guess I wasn't the only one:
Yep, Mayor McSelfie and I have the same Internet tendencies. That's creepy.
Always a sucker for nostalgia, I went searching for the photos that Holt posted. They were actually from the band's 1982 "Hot Face – Rock N America" tour stop at the Myriad, featuring strokin' opening act Billy Squire. I was 4 years old at the time and couldn't make it.
The website Queen Concerts has a bunch of photos of the show, as well as scans of ticket stubs, backstage passes, etc. Here's a sampling:
According to the inflation calculator, that $12 ticket would be $31.51 today. That doesn't include today's tacked on fees, which would probably bump the price up to $75, which still seems like a bargain.
For giggles, I hopped in The Oklahoman's archive to see if they had anything about the show. They actually did! I guess ole' E.K. didn't know Freddie was bisexual.