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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 13:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nowadays it seems the majority of Queen concerts over the past few decades are available to listen to. I'd like to discuss what their very best concerts were in terms of band performance, not necessarily crowd involvement. Here's a possible top 10 list, taken from Queenlive.ca:

* Tokyo 5-1-75
* Boston 1-30-76
* Glasgow 5-30-77
* Copenhagen 4-13-78
* Newcastle 12-4-79
* London 12-8-80
* Buenos Aires 3-8-81
* Leeds 5-29-82
* Tokyo 5-9-85
* Stevenage 8-9-86

I've listened to several of these and really liked them; personally London and Stevenage are a bit too distant for me to enjoy though. Do you have any alternates that you'd include? If so--important--which concert(s) would you take out to make room? I'm doubting we'll ever come to a total consensus, but maybe we can all agree on some recordings that are absolutely essential.

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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Put one of those Leiden 1986 concerts in!


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 16:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And put Budapest 1986 in too! It was awesome concert!


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lostman wrote: And put Budapest 1986 in too! It was awesome concert!
exellent concert , I like Houston 77 awesome concert

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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 19:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. Newcastle 12/4/1979
2. Rock in Rio 1/12/1985
3. Leiden 4/24/1982
4. New York 11/17/1978
5. Leiden 6/12/1986
6. Glasgow 12/1/1979
7. Buenos Aires 3/8/1981
8. New York 12/2/1977
9. Brussels 8/24/1984
10. Boston 1/30/1976

There are plenty of live recordings we haven't heard yet and I have a feeling many of those would be on this list such as 12/22/1977 (Inglewood), some North American jazz tour recordings, and some crazy tour recordings. 

Worst queen concert ever is either Dallas 1978 or one of those terrible Works tour gigs.


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 20:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You thought Dallas was bad? Check out Toronto 1978--blooper concert! haha

You could also add Himeji/Fukuoka to that list! :D


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 20:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dallas actually has worst bloopers. The performance of Bicycle Race is pretty bad. But I'd like you to comment on my list of top 10. It's changed a bit since I made that video.


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 21:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well I'm surprised that Philly and Copenhagen aren't on there. Leiden has a fantastic audience--but heard better overall band performances from that HS tour. Boston is fantastic, Brussels is nice, and there's good old Leiden!

And there's fucking Newcastle! :D


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 21:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Copenhagen really isn't that great to be honest. The only reason why I put it on that video was because a lot of people think that that goes intro the greatest Queen concerts (along with 5/1/1975), but with this list it was more of what I honestly thought. 

New York and Philly are way better than Copenhagen. NY second night is better than Philly though...Philly has a couple bloopers plus I like how they played Doin' Alright at NY second night. The atmosphere is great at both though. 

I'd like to see what SirGH thought about my list.


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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 00:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Monterrey 1981 could also be considered: Awesome crowd, musically awesome, Freddie sounds great, etc.


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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 01:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My PERSONAL favourites

Rainbow 31.3.74
Tokyo 1.5.75
Montreal 1.12.78
Paris 1.3.79
London 26.12.79
Buenos Aires 1.3.81
Milton Keynes 5.6.82
Milan 14.9.84
Osaka 15.5.85
Stevenage 9.8.86

There were dozens of other concerts, some of them surely better than the concerts on my list, but they are not listed here because of the lower sound quality of the available recordings

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Posted: 27 Jan 11, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

- Rainbow 3.31.74
- Tokyo 1.5.75/Manchester '75
- Edinburgh '76
- Philadelphia/Glasgow '77
- Stockholm '78
- Newcastle '79 (2nd night)
- London '80 (1st night)
- Sao Paulo '81 (1st night)
- Edinburgh '82 (1st night)
- Brussels '84 (1st night)
- Tokyo '85 (1st night)
- Mannheim/Leiden (2nd night) '86

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Posted: 27 Jan 11, 13:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

These are my favourites:

London 20.11.1974
London 24.12.1975
London 06.06.1977
Paris 28.02.1979
London 26.12.1979
Oakland 14.07.1980
Buenos Aires 28.02.1981
Milan 14.09.1984
Tokyo 11.05.1985
Budapest 27.07.1986


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