City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: March 22, 1976

Setlist:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


     
             
                 

           

This is the first show of Queen's second tour of Japan. The band arrived a couple days earlier, and the next day they did a press conference followed by a reception held by Elektra Records.

Freddie is in great voice tonight, but it is a bit of a difficult night for Brian. First, he breaks a string in the first chorus of White Queen, and has to struggle through the next verse of the song before he take a quick break to switch to a spare guitar for the solo. Later he has a tough time getting into the guitar solo in Bohemian Rhapsody, perhaps out of nerves for performing their biggest hit in Japan for the first time. He does, however, offer some nifty guitar work in the coda of Doing All Right.

Brian, after White Queen: "Thank you, it's good to back. It's been too long. We've been away too long. You might remember this one from Sheer Heart Attack. This is Flick Of The Wrist."

Freddie, after the medley: "I hope you're all having a good time! I bet you are. If I could do it in Japanese I could say, right now we'd like to feature Brian May on the guitar." The audience responds very enthuasiastically nonetheless. "This is a song that we didn't do last time, but we're gonna do it now. A song called Brighton Rock."


Recording length: 95 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Get Your Knickers Off" (Tarantura) silvers

 
Track listing:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Taped by Mr Peach, this June 2011 release marks the first appearance of this show.

The sound is excellent, although a bit more distant than his recordings of the Himeji and Fukuoka shows. And it is marred by Tarantura's usual compression.

The first 20 seconds of In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited are actually from Mr Peach's recording from two nights later in Himeji. Freddie's piano intro to the song is presumably missing from the Tokyo master, so the bootleg label decided to patch in the missing part from another show. At :19, phase can be heard as one recording cross-fades into the other. They managed to degrade the quality of the Himeji segment to match the Tokyo recording, leading one to wonder if the Tokyo recording was degraded as well.

There is about two minutes of overlap between the discs.




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