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Posted: 26 Dec 09, 19:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

what would you describe as,queens best gig.
lets take out .live aid.that was something else..
the best gig ,queen played,for sound,vocals,and crowd reaction.
you can even include ,queen+ if you want.
just a curious question for the pure queen fan.
it can be audio or video.
can be anywhere,any year,,bootleg audio or bootleg video....
you can if you want part the two(best vid best audio).


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Posted: 26 Dec 09, 23:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Rainbow shows from 1974, as well as the Hammersmith show from 1975 are ripper shows. This was a band that was young, determined, focused and out to prove something. I think they lost those qualities as they got more 'pro' later on.


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 01:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

10 of Queen's best gigs:
Rainbow 1974, Boston 1976, Denmark 1978, Newcastle, 1979, hammersmith 1979, Oakland, 1980, Wembley 1980, Montreal 1981, Milton Keynes 1982, Leeds 1982.


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 06:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's impossible to chose only one. Maybe Rainbow 31.March 74, or Tokyo 1. May 1975, or Hammersmith Odeon 26. December 1979, or Knebworth Park ...


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 07:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 09:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Montreal 1982 is a very hot one. The best Rock It version, in my opinion. Brian's guitar sounds terrific. Plus, six Hot Space songs live. Just great :)


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 12:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd just check out SirGH's site and look at the ones he's highlighted.
You wont be dissapointed. I've recently been listening to some concerts
that I'd had stored on my PC for years from the HUB after looking at
his remarkable and well though out site.

I'd actually like to thank him personally for the man hours and careful
thought he's put in to making it easier to find the "hidden gems" among
Queen's live body of works.

You've pointed me towards some
beauties (some of which you have also kindly shared here at QZ)

So... "THANK YOU".


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 12:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's hard to say, because we haven't heard them all.  And we can only judge the ones that sound good enough, so most realistically, we only have about 100 out of 700 shows to judge fairly.

We loved the Boston 76 show, but if we had an equally good recording of every show from that US tour, would we even consider shows from the 80s to be part of a top 10, or even top 25?

That said, Tokyo 5-1-75, London 10-6-77, Sao Paulo 3-20-81, Leeds 5-29-82, and Budapest 7-27-86 come to my mind as being amongst the best Queen shows, as they were groundbreaking in one way or another.  Shows like Rainbow 74, Hammersmith 75, Houston 77 (i.e. the ones with good quality videos) were probably just as good as the rest of the shows on those respective tours.



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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 12:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's F'n weird that you posted that at the exact time I was SirGH !!!


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 13:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

seems like early queen shows are the best.
rainbow 74 is the one most of you think is one of the best.
i didnt see any queen+ there.
are they not up to scratch,or do you prefer the older queen.more hard rocking.
thanks for all the replys .

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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen + isn't a patch on Queen imo David. The more I listen too PR with Q live, the more I seem to have grown weary of his voice singing Queen material... even though I still enjoyed the tours and the album. I don't get this with Freddie AT ALL.

My favourites are from North America in the 80s tour. They really had fun on this tour and really tweaked the tunes for some reason to add little extras here and there to make the gigs so much fun to listen too. I'd love to hear each gig from that tour in the best quality.

Freddie really seems relaxed, when you'd expect him to be most nervous with the whole "British band breaking America" importance that every act seems to have from here. His voice was wonderful and some of the variations on songs like Play The Game, Save Me and perfect renditions of Death On Two Legs, We Are The Champions etc are spine tingling. the rest of the band are on excellent form too. Unlike Freddie they seem very focused on getting their timing right and playing the best they could, instead of playing around with songs as Freddie did. An excellent combination IMO


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 13:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I tend to listen to WATC first off of any bootleg to see how they (in particular Freddie) sounded at the end of the concert. It's probably the hardest song for Freddie to sing, especially after a gruelling setlist. If he nails it, and if the quality is good enough, I'll listen to the whole show.


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 14:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Van Basten 9 wrote:

I tend to listen to WATC first off of any bootleg to see how they (in particular Freddie) sounded at the end of the concert. It's probably the hardest song for Freddie to sing, especially after a gruelling setlist. If he nails it, and if the quality is good enough, I'll listen to the whole show.

Check out Stockholm 1986: He REPLICATES the studio version (he sings all the C5's).








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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Van Basten 9 wrote:

I'd just check out SirGH's site and look at the ones he's highlighted.
You wont be dissapointed. I've recently been listening to some concerts
that I'd had stored on my PC for years from the HUB after looking at
his remarkable and well though out site.

I'd actually like to thank him personally for the man hours and careful
thought he's put in to making it easier to find the "hidden gems" among
Queen's live body of works.

You've pointed me towards some
beauties (some of which you have also kindly shared here at QZ)

So... "THANK YOU".


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 16:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



mooghead wrote:







Van Basten 9 wrote:



I'd just check out SirGH's site and look at the ones he's highlighted.
You wont be dissapointed. I've recently been listening to some concerts
that I'd had stored on my PC for years from the HUB after looking at
his remarkable and well though out site.

I'd actually like to thank him personally for the man hours and careful
thought he's put in to making it easier to find the "hidden gems" among
Queen's live body of works.

You've pointed me towards some
beauties (some of which you have also kindly shared here at QZ)

So... "THANK YOU".


Van Basten 9


I was unaware it was 'national cock sucking' day.

THANK YOU

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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 01:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't possibly choose one show from the 700+ gigs they did.
I can however, decide wich taper made the best recording.

Right now that would be:

Best ROIO: Boston 76, second best: Tokyo 75
Best VOIO: Sydney 85. Taping the complete show with a huge videocam and being fairly steady when using the zoom. Great job! From what I've seen so far Monterrey should be pretty cool too...
Second best: Uniondale 77. Amazing footage.


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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 05:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Despite lack of video footage, Leeds 82 is constantly included on the list of best gigs.

At the gig Fred refers to the amazing crowd, listen to his comments at the end of GSTQ. Brian also referred to it as one of the best gigs ever.

I was lucky enough to be there, also attended Birmingham 84 and Wembley 86, but neither compared to Leeds






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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 09:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



IAN@CHAPI.FSNET.CO.UK wrote:

Despite lack of video footage, Leeds 82 is constantly included on the list of best gigs.

At the gig Fred refers to the amazing crowd, listen to his comments at the end of GSTQ. Brian also referred to it as one of the best gigs ever.

I was lucky enough to be there, also attended Birmingham 84 and Wembley 86, but neither compared to Leeds



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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 13:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Gregsynth wrote:

10 of Queen's best gigs:
Rainbow 1974, Boston 1976, Denmark 1978, Newcastle, 1979, hammersmith 1979, Oakland, 1980, Wembley 1980, Montreal 1981, Milton Keynes 1982, Leeds 1982.

Great..i'm Totally Agree with you.







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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 13:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



There are so many Queen-shows I really enjoy that it is difficult for me to pick just a few.

That said, I really feel that the shows mentioned on Bob's site are indeed the essential ones.

It's a pity there aren't more great seventies recording... It's really difficult to say something about a tour when there are only 2 or 3 recordings out of 32 (or something) shows (and most aren't very listenable either).

As bob says, Boston'76 is great but that was probably just how the band sounded around that time. Maybe Freddie sounded better than later that tour but the rest of the band was probably that fantastic night after night... Imagine hearing all that. Wow.

Also, imagine having not 4 Crazy tour recordings(of which only 2 are barely listenable) but something like 10...:-)



In the future there will hopefully be more gems that pop up on the internet. Apart from those recordings I hope QPL decide to open up their archives. For example: Greg transcribes stage banter for several shows of the Crazy tour. Why not release those shows via the website, exclusive downloads of which all profits go to AIDS-research?

This year I was also completely blown away by the Sun City show. I hope we'll get the second half too!




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