Queen’s Opening Acts

Queen, live in 1984

For no reasons other than I love the band and my stumbling across this list, here are the names of the bands who’ve opened for Queen:

  • After The Fire
  • Airrace
  • Al Stewart
  • The Alarm
  • Alvin Lee & Ten Years After
  • Ambach Circus
  • Andy Fairweather-Low
  • Angel Child (Änglabarn)
  • April Wine
  • Argent
  • The B-52s
  • The Bangles
  • Belouis Some
  • Big Country
  • Billy Squier
  • The Blasters
  • Bloodrock
  • Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Brownsville Station
  • Bullitt
  • Cate Brothers
  • Cheap Trick
  • Chris Rea
  • Cold Chisel
  • The Commodores
  • Craaft
  • Dakota
  • Eduardo Dusek
  • Erasmo Carlos
  • The Exploited
  • Foghat
  • Fountainhead
  • Frankie Miller’s Full House
  • Fruupp
  • Full Frontal Nudity
  • Gary Moore
  • General Public
  • The Go-Go’s
  • Head East
  • Heart
  • Hustler
  • INXS
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joan Jett And The BlackHearts
  • Kansas
  • Kayak
  • Kid Abelha and Os Aboboras Selvagens
  • Kiki Dee
  • Lancelot
  • Level 42
  • Lucifer
  • Lulu Santos
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Mahagony Rush
  • Manfred Mann
  • Marillion
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Mr. Big
  • The Narcs
  • Ney Matogrosso
  • Nutz
  • The Outlaws
  • Pepeu Gomes and Baby Consuelo
  • Ray Burton Band
  • Red Baron
  • R.E.O. Speedwagon
  • Rory Gallagher
  • The Royal Dragoon Guards
  • Sea Level
  • Seger
  • Solution
  • Sport of Kings
  • Status Quo
  • Steve Hillage
  • Straight 8
  • Storm
  • Styx
  • Supercharge
  • Taste
  • Teardrop Explodes 
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Tombstone
  • Treat
  • Voyager
  • Whitesnake
  • Yesterday And Today
  • Zas
  • Zeno
  • ZiZi Labor

6 replies on “Queen’s Opening Acts”

Joey: I’m interested in the band Dakota which apparently opened for Queen at some point. I believe I saw that band and want to know more about them. Wiki lists a band by the same name, but it’s a current band…around since 2007. Do you know anything about the Dakota that opened for Queen?

Hey Joey,

I know that the band Tombstone was an early opening band for Queen. There are some people who claim that they opened for Queen’s first show in Denver CO on April 16, 1974 (Queen, in turn, opened for Mott The Hoople). I was at that concert and never saw this Tombstone or any other bands besides Mott and Queen. I have heard that Tombstone may have been scheduled to perform as their name have been printed on the ticket and canceled at the last minute, as one person who also attended the show has suggested. I cannot dispute this since I lost my stub a long time ago.

Any help would be appreciated.

When did Kansas and/or Mahogany Rush open for Queen? I swear I saw them all together in Chicago, but hey, that was a LONG time ago and I wasn’t exactly in a “normal frame of mind” at the time.

My REAL question is whether Kansas and Mahogany Rush opened for Queen at The Uptown AND The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago March 7th and 8th 1975 (respectively) or whether Tantrum opened for them on the 8th at The Aragon. The Aragon website (and my personal recollection) say it was Kansas and Mahogany Rush, but says it was Tantrum. However it was LONG time ago and the Queen website lists The Uptown in the wrong city so they can be wrong. …and you don’t list Tantrum as an opening act even if only a one time event.

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