City: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Deutschlandhalle
Date: April 28, 1978

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Spread Your Wings, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Big Spender, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen




Freddie's voice is once again in great shape for this News Of The World concert. The band play a beautiful version of '39 tonight, with their vocal harmonies in the middle section sounding absolutely perfect.

Some of Brian's riffing in the middle of Now I'm Here sounds a bit like the Stones' Jumping Jack Flash.

After the medley, most of which Freddie spends at the piano, he says, "OK, it's about time I stood up." He then introduces It's Late, and what ensues is one of the best performances of the song ever with everyone firing on all cylinders. On many of these News Of The World tour versions Brian skips the preamble from the beginning of the song and launches right into the main riff.

Freddie, after the acoustic set: "We'd like to feature Brian May on the guitar in this next song, so you'd better listen. This is from A Night At The Opera. Wait a minute, wait a minute, let me get it right. Which one is it? I think it's A Night At The Opera or A Day At The Races. Have you got the album? It's one of those two, anyway. This is a song called White Man."

The band perform Big Spender in the second encore, which had been dropped from the set for nearly a year.

The day after the show there was a 3 1/2 minute TV report about it on a program called "Berliner Abendschau" (Berlin Evening Show), featuring a short clip of the fast We Will Rock You. In 2011 a shortened version of the report was shown on a German TV programme commemorating the year of 1978. The full report doesn't contain any more music, and considering the fact that the cutting room floor was usually binned in that day and age, this is probably all that exists.

The first picture was taken by Wolf Kuntze, and the second by Mathias Fischer.


Recording length: 30 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Her Majesty's Secret Service" LP

     
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, It's Late, My Melancholy Blues, Big Spender, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock [cut]


This 1990 box set bootleg is a 2 LP compilation. This was the first time the Glasgow 77, Berlin 78, and Frankfurt 82 shows were bootlegged, with sides 1 through 3 containing about a half hour from each audience recording.

Several very good copies of the Berlin audience tape have since emerged, but none of them sound quite as clear as this one.

Side 4 contains tracks previously released on LP bootlegs. See http://queenonstage.com for the exact details.


Recording length: 30 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "No More Secrets" LP

     
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, It's Late, My Melancholy Blues, Big Spender, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock [cut]


This 1995 German bootleg is a straight knock-off of "Her Majesty's Secret Service."


Recording length: 30 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "No More Secrets" LP

           
Track listing:
Somebody To Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, It's Late, My Melancholy Blues, Big Spender, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock [cut]


No More Secrets also came out as a box set, including a video and t-shirt. The four sides of vinyl were different colours. 25 copies were produced.


Recording length: 124 minutes (2 CDR, complete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Berlin '78" (Trial)

 
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Spread Your Wings, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Big Spender, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Overall this copy sounds about as good as the LP. Disc 2 plays a bit slow, though.

The very tail end of Jailhouse Rock and God Save The Queen come from a higher gen tape, and there is some digital noise that strongly suggests this part is from an mp3 source (although a spectral analysis doesn't reveal it).


Recording length: 118 minutes (2 CDR, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Brighton Rock, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, The Millionaire Waltz, You're My Best Friend, Spread Your Wings, It's Late, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, '39, My Melancholy Blues, White Man, The Prophet's Song, guitar solo, The Prophet's Song (reprise), Stone Cold Crazy, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Big Spender, Sheer Heart Attack, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


This copy is about the same quality as the Trial bootleg, with the only major difference being a clean copy is used to splice in the last couple minutes. The cheering between encores is missing, unlike the Trial bootleg.

On many copies of the Berlin audience tape, the quality drops greatly for the second encore.


Recording length: 3 minutes (1 DVD, incomplete)
Video quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: 8mm silent video > ? > DVD-R (x)

       
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast) [cut], Somebody To Love [cut], Now I'm Here [cut], White Man [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody [cut], Keep Yourself Alive [cut], Tie Your Mother Down [cut]


One reel of silent 8mm footage exists from this show. It was interspersed into the Berlin '79 footage.

It's somewhat dark and distant and, like most 8mm footage from this period, very fragmentary.




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