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Posted: 21 Apr 10, 12:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My list (in no particular order)

Newcastle 12/4/79 (Amazing vocal performances along with crowd)
Hammersmith 12/16/79 (Amazing vocal performance and very enthusiastic crowd)
Boston 1/30/76 (Great performance from all members, awesome setlist)
Glasgow 12/1/79 (Amazing vocal performances along with crowd)
Leeds 5/29/82 (Great atmosphere, amazing performance from all)
Sao Paulo 3/20/81(Such a huge audience + amazing performance
Rock In Rio (First Night) (Audience sings along to Love of my Life perfectly, strong performance)
Japan 5/1/75 (Amazing setlist + performance + crowd)
Stockholm 4/12/78 (Best pre crazy tour vocal performance, amazing crowd)
Tokyo 5/9/85 (Strong performance from all, nice crowd)

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Posted: 21 Apr 10, 13:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK - 26. December 1979
2. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - 1. May 1975
3. Knebworth Park, Stevenage, UK - 9. August 1986
4. National Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK - 5. June 1982
5. Rainbow Theatre, London, UK - 31. March 1974
6. Golders Green Hippodrome, London, UK - 13. September 1973
7. Pavillon De Paris, Paris, France - 1. March 1979
8. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - 25. April 1979 - I'm NOT joking
9. Hyde Park, London, UK - 18. September 1976
10. Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan - 15. May 1985

If there were more than 10 concerts, I would include at least Leeds '82, Budapest '86, Live Aid, and definitely Frankfurt '79 and '82

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Posted: 21 Apr 10, 22:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Only the ones I visited because I have nice memories of those. Apart from those, I almost never watch / listen to concert recordings. Only the ones I have visited / filmed myself seem to be special.

Queen / solo whise this means:

Brian May, Utrecht 1998 
Brian + Roger Amsterdam 2002
Queen + PR Frankfurt 2005
Queen + PR Rotterdam 2005
Queen + PR Antwerp 2005
Queen + PR Dortmund 2005 
Queen + PR Cologne 2005
Queen + PR Arnhem 2005
Queen + PR Antwerp 2008

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Posted: 21 Apr 10, 23:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote: "8. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - 25. April 1979 - I'm NOT joking"

Great pick.  Freddie did everything he could to make up for his shortcomings, and so did the rest of the band.  They were absolutely smoking hot.


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Posted: 22 Apr 10, 01:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote: pittrek wrote: "8. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - 25. April 1979 - I'm NOT joking"

Great pick.  Freddie did everything he could to make up for his shortcomings, and so did the rest of the band.  They were absolutely smoking hot.
True. I like it too but I feel Freddie's voice was in such poor state that he couldn''t get away with everything.... Some songs don't work but of course the rest of the band was there to compensate and they did a brilliant job. 
In a way the video of that show is true testimony of the incredible talents of the band and Freddie in particular. His voice was completely gone and still he had everyone having a good time. The reactions to him throwing several tambourines in the audience during KYA is just awesome, that combined with the power of the rest of the boys. Great stuff! 

I prefer the Sapporo 06/05/1979 show though. Freddie does lots of brilliant things like in Dreamers ball, It's late, Love of my life is very beautiful.... His voice is better (though still far from great), and he is so creative...


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Posted: 22 Apr 10, 03:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sun City is in my top-10 too. Wish we had the second part... If that is as good as the first part it is a legendary Queen-performance:-)


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Posted: 22 Apr 10, 03:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote: 1. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK - 26. December 1979
2. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - 1. May 1979
3. Knebworth Park, Stevenage, UK - 9. August 1986
4. National Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK - 5. June 1982
5. Rainbow Theatre, London, UK - 31. March 1974
6. Golders Green Hippodrome, London, UK - 13. September 1973
7. Pavillon De Paris, Paris, France - 1. March 1979
8. Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - 25. April 1979 - I'm NOT joking
9. Hyde Park, London, UK - 18. September 1976
10. Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan - 15. May 1985

If there were more than 10 concerts, I would include at least Leeds '82, Budapest '86, Live Aid, and definitely Frankfurt '79 and '82

Paris 01/03/1979 is among my favourites too. Such an epic show with many fantastic rock 'n roll moments. I totally adore the intro to KYA. Jailhouse rock is hot, It's late, IYCBT,...
Great stuff!

I've also got a soft spot for Oakland'82. Nobody ever mentions that one but it's a great one (not top-10 but still). NY 28/08/82 is wonderful too...


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Posted: 22 Apr 10, 08:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'll put mine down later but that Japan 79 gig is a good un, I quite like it as well, sure Freddie's voice is totally screwed but he does try his hardest and the band are good, Roger also really plays a big vocal role in this show, esp on songs like Don't stop me Now where he pretty much sang a big chunk.

Another concert that may not be one of Fredie best vocally has to be Toyko 82, such a superb set list IMO with Saturday night alright for fighting, Spread your wings intro and Jailhouse Rock/blues jam in the same concert!

I also have great love for Edinburgh 82, Boston 76, Copenhagen 78, Rainbow 74, Stockholm 86, 1st Toyko show and also Dublin 84...Sun City is another good un, IF it had SCC and GKR excerpts it'd be IMO one of the best setlists ever...


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Posted: 22 Apr 10, 08:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have to agree with everyone. I also love both Edinburgh '82 gigs, Vienna '82 gigs, Stockholm '86, Puebla '81 gigs, Montreal '81 gigs, and of course rainbow '74 gigs


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Posted: 22 Apr 10, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm going to make up my own rules and put down my top 30 concerts:

Hammersmith 1979
Oakland 1980
Newcastle 1979 (2nd night)
Edinburgh 1982 (1st Night)
Rainbow 1974 (November)
Stockholm 1978
Glasgow 1979
Montreal 1981
Leiden 1986 (1st night)
Leeds 1982
Sao Paulo 1981 (1st night)
Newcastle 1979 (1st Night)
Rainbow 1974 (March)
Boston 1976
Milton Keynes 1982
Tokyo 1985 gigs
Vienna 1982 gigs
Inglewood 1980
Puebla 1981 (1st night)
New York 1978 (11/17)
Glasgow 1977
Live Aid
Stockholm 1986
Brussels 1984
Saarbrucken 1979
Dublin 1984
Hartford 1980
Monterrey 1981
Brussels 1986
Wembley 1986


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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 00:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It took 10 posts for someone to mention Live Aid????

Some (self included) might argue that this was the best live performance by any band, ever.

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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 00:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:

It took 10 posts for someone to mention Live Aid????

Some (self included) might argue that this was the best live performance by any band, ever.


No, I mentioned it in the 2nd post. But I'd like to put it on 11. place

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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 01:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

my bad.  I didn't read your sentence after your list... jumped the gun. 

#11, really?  I really do need to start watching some of these shows.  I don't have any from your list... and obviously you (and Sir GH) know what you're talking about.  Those '79 Japan shows you mention have me curious.

It would be nice to see a compiled list of what Queen fans think the top 10 are.  The ANNOUNCE section can be quite overwhelming.  Instead of "What do Queen fans think of Jazz?" threads, perhaps reviews of individual concerts could be discussed more.  Great thread.

Unfortunately, I don't own 10 queen concerts, I have only officially released stuff, so my contribution to this thread would be minimal.

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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 02:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Never having had the pleasure of seeing a Queen concert "live" to say I will list what I have on dvd and video and what i have seen on youtube

1) Live Aid -
2) Wembley 86
3) Live at the bowl
4) Montreal 81 -
5) Japan 85 despite the poor sound quality
6)Rock in Rio
7) Japan 82

Thats the only full concerts i have seen, but i have seen little snippets of others

8) Budapest but having only seen bits of it not the full version
9) Knebworth - as above

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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 03:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Tokyo 5-1-75

Boston 1-30-76
London 6-6-77
Copenhagen 4-13-78
London 12-26-79
Sao Paulo 3-20-81
Leeds 5-29-82
Sun City 10-19-84
London 7-13-85
Stevenage 8-9-86

These are my top 10 essential Queen concerts (of those that are listenable for the average fan).  It really was difficult to narrow it down!


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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 08:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Seems as though that list was slightly different than the one on the site. I actually agree with this one more


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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 13:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The one on my website included some of the not-so-good sounding ones.  As collectors who have heard hundreds of shows, we can't be biased by the ones that happen to have good recordings.  Without a doubt, the Bingley Hall and Glasgow Apollo shows were better than Earls Court in 77.  But for someone who simply wants to experience the goodness of Queen live, I'd recommend Earls Court because it's an easier listen.


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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 13:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:

my bad.  I didn't read your sentence after your list... jumped the gun. 

#11, really?  I really do need to start watching some of these shows.  I don't have any from your list... and obviously you (and Sir GH) know what you're talking about.  Those '79 Japan shows you mention have me curious.

It would be nice to see a compiled list of what Queen fans think the top 10 are.  The ANNOUNCE section can be quite overwhelming.  Instead of "What do Queen fans think of Jazz?" threads, perhaps reviews of individual concerts could be discussed more.  Great thread.

Unfortunately, I don't own 10 queen concerts, I have only officially released stuff, so my contribution to this thread would be minimal.


Well this just gave me an idea. Would be anybody interested here in a 40 min. long version of the Tokyo 79 video created from 3 pro-shot sources ? I think I haven't shared here some stuff for a while

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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 13:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote:

The one on my website included some of the not-so-good sounding ones.  As collectors who have heard hundreds of shows, we can't be biased by the ones that happen to have good recordings.  Without a doubt, the Bingley Hall and Glasgow Apollo shows were better than Earls Court in 77.  But for someone who simply wants to experience the goodness of Queen live, I'd recommend Earls Court because it's an easier listen.


Yes, but to be honest I have sometimes a big problem to not to fall asleep during disc 1 :-) That's the "problem" of the "Races" tour, first they played a series of slow songs, and than a series of heavy rock stuff. On later tours, they mixed them more - remember One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, IN THE LAP OF THE GODS ...REVISITED, Seven Seas Of Rhye / Liar / Tear It Up / A KIND OF MAGIC ...

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Posted: 23 Apr 10, 18:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But that was the very charm of it, the fact that they went through a diversity of styles before pounding you with the heavy stuff at the end.

Sure thing, bring on the Tokyo 79 DVD.  But is the third source the two Absolute Greatest downloads, aka lossy?


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