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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 15:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Between Wembley and Live at the Bowl, which one do you think is better? Some people say that Freddie's singing is better in the Bowl video. Others say that the Wembley concert was more powerful. What do you think?

P.S. Interestingly, my personal favorite was the "We Will Rock You" Montreal 1982 concert.

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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 15:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Same!!! We WIll Rock You tops them all, specifically Save Me, Play The Game, and Somebody To Love are my fvaourites from that.

But as to whats better....probably Live At The Bowl, thought I havnt watched it in a while...I watched Wembley yesterday, not to bad, it gets beat on way to much.

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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 15:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think as a spectacle, Wembley is much the superior. Everything, from freddie's barking voice to the huge rig make it a mighty performance. I think MK is more subtle though and it's nice to see fred at the piano a little more. PTG and STL are both outstanding. The four years show a definite improvement in Fred's showmanship, however.


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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 17:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They are both great and AT LAST you get the whole show!I think Wembley just has the edge for the sense of occasion although the Hot Space songs sound fab in particular on Queen on fire.What we need now are other offical full length shows-something pre 80 and definately from 84 when they were on stunning form-a friend went to a wembley arena show in 1984 as a sceptic and said that it was mind blowing.I have got Budapest and Rio on VHS from way back and you only get about half the show!Does anyone know if Knebworth was properley filmed? there are snippets of it on some programsthat one would be great of course!

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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 19:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie really hit the notes on "the bowl" which really made that era stand out.I really think trhe Hot Space tour features Freddie at his best.


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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 19:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 21:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have both DVD's, and both of them are beyond awesome. It's one thing to hear the CD's, because you can't really see the energy that's being put behind it, yet when you watch the DVD's, you really get into it and hooked. I'd say buy both of them...they are VERY well worth the money!!


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Posted: 18 Jun 06, 21:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Hmm. I prefer Live At The Bowl over Wembley.

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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 03:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

both are awesome!!

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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 03:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Both are great but Rainbow, Hammersmith and Earls court are much better in vocals and in the set list

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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As for me...while I'm watching Wembley, I think it better than Bowl, otoh while I'm watching Bowl I think it better than Wembley.
Well, both are great.


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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah, the BEST one is Budapest '86. Everyone who's seen it will agree with me on that one.

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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Ah, the BEST one in the 80's catagory is Budapest '86. Everyone who's seen it will agree with me on that one.


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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 13:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have both on video and dvd. In my personal opinion The Bowl is better then Wembley.

Some people say Wembley has got more energy, but i highly disagree on that. The Wembley DVD is cut in a better way, thats all. Freddie is much more energetic at The Bowl then Wembley, I mentioned that one before. Freddie is static at Wembley. Of course it WAS a huge stage, but nevertheless: Freddie was in better shape in 1982 then in 1986, and it seems no coincidence to me that touring stopped after 1986. I'm not saying the Wembley show is bad though, on the contrary. The setlist is superb, the atmosphere was wonderful, and the band played at their very best.

But still I prefer The Bowl over Wembley. Just take the kickoff: The Hero. The way the tension is built up...w-o-w. And then the explosion of energy when Brian runs on stage..and the euforism when Freddie runs on stage. It still sends shivers down my spine every time I see it, and I watched The Bowl over 200 times. I recorded it on VHS back in 1987 when Superchannel (aaah nostalgia!) broadcasted it. I was hooked for months on that show.

The minute I heard it was out on DVD I bought it.
You can hear, see, and FEEL Freddie's energy on The Bowl-show. Running around, constantly in motion, very good at voice, BRILL!

At Wembley, I see a somehow tired Freddie, smuggling high notes, and with a expression on his face saying: " Man, I'm tired "

So my answer at the question implied in this thread is : THE BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 14:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My vote goes to "Fire at the bowl" even the tracks from "Hot Space" sound pretty good. The best track by far on that is "Save me" Best version by far. I am still holding out that one day Queen will release "Earls Court"
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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 14:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live At The Bowl, although I prefer Wembley


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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live at the Bowl better overall show, altho LAWS has better shots of the crowd, esp. during "Radio Gaga"


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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 15:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Budapest, in terms of sound and Freddies voice, is far and away superior to Wembley.

I feel in 1986, though, they were a greatest hits band. In 1982, they were still young and hungry, and it shows in the two performances. Live at the Bowl shows a tight band at the top of their game.


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Posted: 22 Jun 06, 15:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As a preformance I think Wembley is best. Very polished !


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Posted: 01 Jul 06, 02:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wembley to me was better as far as sound quality and all that technical stuff. But as far as energy, Live at the Bowl rocks!!!


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