little foetus wrote:
Many people know this great concert which was recorded with a stunning quality. I have a problem with the name of the venue. I have watched many lists and sometimes i saw Sartory Hall, sometimes Sporthalle. I did some research on the internet and I didn't find any trace of Sartory Hall but i found a Sartory Saal. Could you please tell me which is the real venue where Queen played on the 6th of December of 1974?
Thanks for your answers. ;)
I happen to be from cologne, so I can confirm that it was definitely not the (now demolished) "Sporthalle". They did play the Sporthalle later on several times, though.
The Sartory Saal is an auditorium within a hotel complex. Actually there are three different sized halls in that complex, and the biggest has a capacity of about 1500, I think.
But I am not quite sure that they actually played there, as normally this is a congress center, or used for theatrical and especially carnival-events. I have never heard of any rockband playing there.
Around 1974 there was another venue in cologne which was the top address for upcoming bands: the "Stollwerck", an old Chocolate-Factory. I am pretty convinced that they actually played there, and the name was confused. Freddie at some point talks about the "unusual venue", but that could apply to both venues: a hotel-auditorium and an old factory...
I will do some research on that.
Guten Tag und Guten Abend !!! We had a great time in Cologne. Drinking beer in the sunshine beside the Mighty Rhein brought back many memories for me..... (Brian May, 2004)