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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read a review on www.allmusic.com about Queen On Fire At The Bowl, and it said that while it was good, it wasn't the definitive live release that Queen sorely needed (paraphrasing).

So that got me thinking. The Who have "Live At Leeds", The Stones have "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out", The Beatles had the Hollywood Bowl, Bob Dylan has the Royal Albert Hall, Little Feat has "Waiting For Columbus"...what is generally considered Queen's finest show that would finally allow them their definitive live release?

My argument is that Live Killers is a hodgepodge of performances from the '79 tour that were good, but not the best Queen could muster. Live At Wembley Stadium is excellent, but was from the band's final tour, and most bands' definitive live performance isn't from their final tour (Little Feat excepted, until they put out another live CD, of course).

So, what would YOU say, fellow Queen fans - at least those in the know: what is the definitive live Queen performance, and, if released, would it finally give the band the opportunity to join the ranks of The Rolling Stones, The Who, etc., confirming once and for all that Queen were undoubtedly the masters of the stage?

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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 17:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 17:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

NOTW tour.

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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 17:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that the performance at Live Aid confirmed their status as masters of the stage, beyond compare.

But if that's cheating, 'Rio' or 'Wembley' do it for me.


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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 17:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

earls court or glasgow 77


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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 23:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let's see. Definitive live tours. Queen's ADatR and NOTW tours. Pink Floyd's 1973 Dark Side of the Moon and 1977 In the Flesh tours. On Fire at the Bowl is awesome! Pink Floyd's Is There Anybody Out There?: The Wall Live 1980-81 is also the definitive live classic era Floyd album.


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Posted: 12 Nov 04, 23:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Flashman wrote:

I think that the performance at Live Aid confirmed their status as masters of the stage, beyond compare.

But if that's cheating, 'Rio' or 'Wembley' do it for me.


Unfortunately when first aired, Queen's performance was ignored by US TV in favor of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis. That is sacrilege. Strange that the highlight of Live Aid for Americans was the under-par Led Zep reunion!


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Posted: 13 Nov 04, 00:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mmm, Live at Leeds...sex-tacular.

heh.

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Something like that.. quite amusing and a fucktastically good concert. Best ever live concert, I believe. Even better than..the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Relly big shoooooo. Relly big.


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Posted: 13 Nov 04, 02:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1979....Queen in full flight, closing out the 70's but offering up a glimpse of what the 80's had in store with super early performances of Save Me and Crazy Little Thing.... This concert has, in my opinion, the quintessential live versions of WWRY (fast) and Now I'm Here....


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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 17:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

iGSM wrote:

Mmm, Live at Leeds...sex-tacular.

heh.

PT: He's a sage of the guitar..don't know exactly what that means..

KM: It's a kind of 'erb, innit.

Something like that.. quite amusing and a fucktastically good concert. Best ever live concert, I believe. Even better than..the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Relly big shoooooo. Relly big.


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Posted: 18 Nov 04, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Definitelly not Wembley, nor Rio, not even Hammersmith'75...

Hammersmith'79 or Huston'77
Any of those would be the ultimate Queen live recording.


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Posted: 18 Nov 04, 08:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Seeing as I was there, Hammersmith Odeon, Boxing Day '79 will always get my vote.


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Posted: 18 Nov 04, 08:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think there is no such definitive concert. Earlier concerts were more interesting regarding setlist and performance, later concerts were overall better produced and just bigger with amazing crowds. I would not want to name one concert or tour as one highlight of the whole Queen live history.


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