On this day
  • 1975: Queen live on A Night At the Opera Tour at City Hall, Newcastle, UK.
  • 1977: Queen live on News Of The World Tour at Summit, Houston, USA.

Read all 6 events for 11 December at diary.QueenSongs.info

The Game

Documented Timeline:

  • 1979:
    • June - July: Queen record at least four tracks at Musicland:
      • 'Coming Soon'.
      • 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'.
      • 'Sail Away Sweet Sister'.
      • 'Save Me'.
    • Friday 5th October: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' / 'We Will Rock You' is released in the UK as a single.
    • Thursday 1st November: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' is certified Silver in the UK for having sold 250,000 copies.
    • Saturday 1st December: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' is certified Gold in the UK for having sold 500,000 copies.
  • 1980:
    • Friday 25th January: 'Save Me' / 'Let Me Entertain You' is released in the UK as a single.
    • February - May: Album finished and mixed at Musicland.
    • Saturday 23rd February: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' reaches the No 1 position in Billboard as the best-selling single of the week in the USA, having overtaken 'Do That to Me One More Time' by Captain & Tennille. 'Crazy Little Thing' remains at the top for four weeks, before being knocked out by Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall'. 
    • Monday 12th May: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' is certified Gold in the USA for having sold a million copies.
    • Friday 30th May: The lead single, 'Play the Game' / 'A Human Body', is released in the UK.
    • Monday 30th June: Album released in the UK, the same day the tour kicks off in Canada.
    • Saturday 19th July: On the day of Brian's 33th birthday, The Game becomes Queen's third album in reaching No 1 on the British Charts, overtaking Emotional Rescue by The Rolling Stones; two weeks later, it'd be replaced by Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple.
    • Friday 25th July: The Game is certified Silver and Gold in the UK for having sold 60,000 and 100,000 copies, respectively, in that territory.
    • Friday 22nd August: 'Another One Bites the Dust' is released as the sophomore single. The B-Side is 'Dragon Attack' on the EMI disc and 'Don't Try Suicide' in Elektra territories.
    • Monday 15th September: The Game is certified Gold in America for having earned a million dollars in sales in that country.
    • Saturday 20th September: The Game reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 200, becoming the band's first No 1 album in the USA, overtaking Jackson Browne's Hold Out; after five weeks, it's replaced by Barbra Streisand's Guilty.
    • Wednesday 1st October: 'Another One Bites the Dust' is certified Gold in the USA for having sold a million copies in that territory; that same day, The Game is certified Platinum in that same territory, also for having sold a million copies.
    • Saturday 4th October: 'Another One Bites the Dust' replaces Diana Ross' 'Upside Down' on top of the Billboard Hot 100. After three weeks, it's overtaken by Barbra Streisand's 'Woman in Love'.
    • Tuesday 25th November: 'Another One Bites the Dust' is certified Platinum in the USA for having sold two million copies in that territory.
  • 2002:
    • Thursday 14th November: The Game is certified 4 x Platinum in the USA for having sold four million copies there.
  • 2017:
    • Monday 14th August: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' is certified Platinum in the USA for having sold a million (digital) copies there.

Documented Recording Venue:

  • Musicland Studios in the Arabella House basement, Munich, Bavaria 81925, Federal Republic of Germany.

Documented Personnel:

  • Performers:
    • The band:
      • John Deacon: Electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic piano, analogue synthesiser.
      • Brian May: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic piano, analogue synthesiser.
      • Frederick Mercury: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano, acoustic guitar, analogue synthesiser.
      • Roger Taylor: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic drums, electric guitar, analogue synthesiser, additional percussion.
    • Guest musicians:
      • Andrew Gibb: Backing vocals.
      • Reinhold Mack: Analogue synthesiser.
  • Studio Crew:
    • Reinhold Mack: Deputy producer, chief engineer.
  • Technical Crew:
    • Peter Hince: Equipment supervision.
    • Christopher Taylor: Equipment supervision.
    • Brian Zellis: Equipment supervision.

Documented Instruments:

  • Acoustic Guitars:
    • Hallfredh: Possibly for the first 'Sail Away Sweet Sister' solo.
    • Martin D-18: Possibly the main one, including 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Need Your Loving Tonight'.
    • Tokai Hummingbird F-120: Possibly used somewhere, though not necessarily.
  • Electric Basses:
    • Fender Precisions:
      • 1955 Masterbuilt: John confirmed having used it in West Germany on one of the tracks (didn't specify which one).
      • 196?: John had two, in natural finish, which he used as his main ones.
    • Non-Fenders:
      • Kramer DMZ: Possibly merely a spare, but he could've also used it somewhere.
      • Music Man Stingray: 'Another One Bites the Dust', and possibly something else as well.
  • Electric Guitars:
    • BHM Bespoke: Brian's main one.
    • Birch Bespoke: Brian's main spare.
    • Fender Esquire: 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' solo.
    • Fender Stratocaster & Fender Telecaster: 'Another One Bites the Dust' and, possibly, either one or both of Roger's songs.
    • Guild S-300: Possibly used for either one or both of Roger's songs.
  • Keyboards:
    • Oberheim OB-X Analogue Synthesiser: 'Play the Game', 'Another One Bites the Dust', 'Sail Away Sweet Sister', 'Coming Soon' and 'Rock It'.
    • Sauter Upright Piano: Housed at the studio, unlikely to have been used on the record, but there's always a slight chance it's in there somewhere...
    • Yamaha C-7 7' 5" Acoustic Piano: Used - most likely - on five tracks.
  • Percussion:
    • Ludwig Bespoke Acoustic Drums: Roger's main.
    • Pollard Syndrum Electric Drums: 'Another One Bites the Dust'.
    • Premier New Era Tambourine: 'Dragon Attack'.
    • Premier New Era Tubular Bells: 'Sail Away Sweet Sister'.
    • Trixon Acoustic Drums: Possibly mostly a spare, but he could've also used them somewhere.

Documented Studio Equipment:

  • Microphones:
    • AKG (Various Models).
      • C-414: Reportedly, this was the main microphone used for Frederick's vocals. It was a big change from what he was used to, as before the 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' sessions he'd tended to prefer the Neumann U-87 for his voice, but Reinhold Mack suggested a new approach.
    • Beyerdynamic (Unknown Models).
    • Neumann (Various Models).
    • Sennheiser (Various Models).
    • Shure (Unknown Models).
    • Sony (Various Models).
  • Sundry Equipment:
    • AKG Echo Chambers.
    • Audio Kinetics Synchroniser.
    • Cadac Monitors.
    • EMT 140 Plate Reverb.
    • Helios 2424 Mixing Console.
    • Scott TC-2440 Equaliser.
    • Studer 24-Track Analogue Tape Recorder.