Queen 1978 Cleveland Concert Poster
Limited edition of 200 pieces. This is number 98. In stunning excellent conditions. This is the only case that Queen had a tour related poster in limited number edition, made by an artist like the old American Great Band tradition. This is a silkscreened print, not on paper but on heavy card. Measures are 37×56 cm. Signed by original artist David Helton.
Some years ago I contacted the the artist of this rare queen concert poster. Here’s what he wrote me back:
that queen poster. yes, i did illustrate that poster back in 1978, i think.
poster for a friend of mine at the time who was doing his first local
cleveland promotion for elektra records. he had just been hired by the label
and he wanted a cool promotion with our radio station, WMMS for the
appearance of queen coming to town. i suggested the limited edition poster
idea as an on-air give-away with the station’s listeners. at the time, i was
doing all of WMMS artwork that included t-shirts, bumper stickers,
billboards etc. with our “buzzard” mascot representing the station. anyway,
this local elektra rep loved the idea and i started the art. i used a friend
to model as the “queen” and i took photos and used her form for the figure.
i wanted an “art nouveu” kind of feel to it but it doesn’t succeed fully
that way. i still liked the way it looked and the silk-screen printer made
me a special print on glass. also, elektra was very happy with the promotion
and had me a signed framed poster made. we gave away about 180 of the
posters and the rest were used by the label. i got to meet the band after
the show so i remember this as a great experience. glad you haved enjoyed
the image and that you have a museum of such a great band. you can google
“WMMS buzzard” and find out more about the station. thanks and good luck.