24/12/1975 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Nothing special. Too overrated. Weak setlist. But a killer version of Brighton Rock, which is in my mind the highlight of the show. I miss many pearls, like Flick, Prophet etc. But since I have this in superb quality, it's nice to listen to.
06/06/1977 - Earls Court, London, UK
Probably the most bootlegged show of Queen. Love the setlist and I love this version of Death On Two Legs. Also the opening is great, with the big rising crown. But again, way too overrated, it's not really a great show. Roger has some problems hitting the high notes. The bootlegvideo may sound false, but that is owning to the tapespeed. There is a clean version (owned by QP). But an enjoyable show to watch, they seemed to have good time. And you can hear John sing a few times, which is nice.
25/04/1979 - Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan (available on video and audio)
Something really different. I love the Jazz tour, because they played many rock songs. At this stage, Freddie has its worst moments. The Japanese Jazz tour is certainly one of their worst tours. But they did a great version of Teo Torriatte (love the Japanese audience sing). But Freddie can't seem to hit any good note at all, which is a pity (same thing happened in Kanazawa). But overall, a nice show. And I love the video, especially the opening is great.
05/09/1984 - Wembley Arena, London, UK
Freddie's birthday. I haven't got this bootleg. I think it's worthwhile listening to it. Review comes later...
09/08/1986 - Knebworth Park, Stevenage, UK
Ah yes, the last Queen show. It's legendary and yes, it is certainly one of their best shows, but IMHO not the best Magic-show. Shows that are better IMHO are the ones in Stockholm, Paris, Leiden, Budapest and the one in Mannheim. Freddie's voice is really stunning at the beginning of the tour, I also love the complete version of Friends Will Be Friends. But Knebworth is a great show, good atmosphere, and offcourse Deaky throwing his bass is a nice and suprisingly moment. They really enjoyed this concert and they gave everything. Queen ended this tour with real Magic. What a great band!
John: "It's the one thing I wish I could do - sing."