City: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Deutschlandhalle
Date: January 24, 1979

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen



 

             
   
 
 

Freddie's voice isn't in the greatest shape for this early Live Killers show, but he still uses it to the best of his ability, delivering great versions of Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, and It's Late. Their vocal harmonies are beautiful throughout the show.

Brian, before Somebody To Love: "Good evening, good folks of Berlin. Welcome to a night of Queen music. We hope you enjoy it."

Freddie, before the medley: "We have a lot of music for you tonight from all our various albums, and the next song comes from an album called A Night At The Opera. The song in question is dedicated to one of our managers. He was a real motherfucker. Do you know what that means?" Quite a few audience members indicate that they do. "Alright! You can call him anything you want. We call him Death On Two Legs."

The front of house guy is asleep at the switch tonight, as the echo is not turned off in Get Down Make Love on time. Roger's whistle and his snare fill leading into the final chorus also echo twice before it's finally turned off.

An interesting version of Now I'm Here is played tonight, as they go into the jam twice. The first brief jam is a result of Roger prematurely leading the band into it, and the second jam is different from any other version as the band are forced to create something different from the first one.

After Freddie does a few nice vocal adlibs in the intro to Dreamers Ball (which Brian calls "self-amusement"), Roger does one an octave above his. Freddie jokingly calls him a "show off!"

Before Love Of My Life, referring to Roger and John's absence, Freddie dishes out the blow job joke, but it doesn't seem to go down nearly as well in Europe as it does in North America.

Freddie's voice cracks at the end of the middle section of '39, revealing that they are using a harmonizer for the upper octave in those last two bars, rather than the voice of Roger Taylor.

Freddie, before Fat Bottomed Girls: "This is from an album, Jazz." Someone in the audience shouts for Mustapha, and Freddie responds, "No, it's not Mustapha. We'd like to do that one of these days. Hey, maybe next time!" And they would.

The first set of pictures were taken by Lutz Kölsch, the third by Thomas Pannenberg (copyrighted to him) and the fourth by Wolf-Dieter Kuntze. The second set was submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli.


Recording length: 2 CDR, incomplete
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Jazzin' For Deutschland" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


The audience recording isn't too bad, but this particular bootleg isn't from a great copy. The recording is complete, except for God Save The Queen fading out early.

"Deutschland" is spelled incorrectly on the front cover, but not on the spine.


Recording length: 116 minutes (2 CDR, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Captain Berlin" (Uxbridge)

   
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


Uxbridge bootlegged the audience tape in November 2009. They located a much better copy of it, free of all the inconsistencies of previous versions. However, it wasn't a perfect source tape, as It's Late and part of Brighton Rock run a bit slow.


Recording length: 119 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


Many copies of the Berlin audience tape has surfaced over the years, and the best known copy is a bit better than the Uxbridge bootleg.

This particular copy has a few extra minutes of cheering before encores than the copies that have been bootlegged, although it is missing a bit of tape between a few songs, unnecessarily cut for tape flips when copied to 60 minute tapes (the show was recorded on 90 minute tapes).


Recording length: 13 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], Death On Two Legs [cut], Spread Your Wings [cut], Dreamers Ball [cut], Love Of My Life [cut], '39 [cut], It's Late [cut], Killer Queen [cut], Bicycle Race [cut], I'm In Love With My Car [cut], Get Down Make Love [cut], You're My Best Friend [cut], Now I'm Here [cut], Brighton Rock [cut], Fat Bottomed Girls [cut], Keep Yourself Alive [cut], Tie Your Mother Down [cut], Sheer Heart Attack [cut], We Will Rock You [cut]


After much scrutiny and eventually being in contact with the owner of the master, these three reels of silent 8mm footage are indeed from Berlin. The songs in italics are out of order, but this is how they appear in the final cut (the four film reels were jumbled together out of order). Like most 8mm videos from the 70s, the footage is very fragmentary.

After "now you can kiss" in Death On Two Legs, the film is interrupted with three minutes of silent footage from the Berlin show in 1978.




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