City: Paris, France
Venue: Pavillon de Paris
Date: March 1, 1979

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Fat Bottomed Girls, 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, Mustapha (intro), If You Can't Beat Them, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen



                 
       

Brian May greets the audience in French after the second song, telling them it's the 63rd and last show of the tour, much to their delight. He then continues in English, "This is the last concert and we're gonna have some fun. Chantez!"

This is the first time Freddie addresses the audience as "brothers and sisters" before the familar piano intro to Somebody To Love, as he would famously do at the Milton Keynes '82 show. There are many other great moments on this night, the last of the European tour.

After the third song, Freddie says, "Yeah, I hope you got your bicycle bells tonight." He lets a few audience members ring away for a brief moment, and he responds, "Ah yeah, they sound great!" He continues, "We have a hell of a lot of music for you tonight. I don't know which order they're gonna come in. We'll see."

He wasn't kidding, as this would turn out to be the longest Queen show ever, clocking in at about 140 minutes. Although they play Fat Bottomed Girls next, they would also play If You Can't Beat Them later in the set (they usually played only one or the other). Freddie does some great adlibs at the end of Fat Bottomed Girls tonight.

Freddie, before the medley: "This next song is about a really dirty old man, as you know. We seem to get a lot of those guys. Yes, we really do. This is called Death On Two Legs." They play the medley as usual, but for the last night's sake, the band stop for a moment after Bicycle Race to let audience members ring their bicycle bells.

Some fans continue to ring their bicycle bells during other songs, but it becomes an annoyance for others. Near the end of Get Down Make Love, on the audience recording a fan is heard saying, "I wish they'd stop ringing those bloody bells!"

Freddie throws in a quick reference to Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, shouting "Go Johnny!" during the Now I'm Here instrumental. He would do this plenty of times over the next few years.

The band's instrumental prowess shows in the end section of Spread Your Wings.

During the intro jam to Dreamers Ball, Freddie says, "We're gonna take you to New Orleans right now. Quick fling from Paris [in a French accent]."

It's unfortunate that If You Can't Beat Them wasn't included on Live Killers, as this version would have been an ideal candidate. Everyone sounds very strong, particularly Brian, who offers a great guitar solo at the end.

For the first time in a month, Brian does a band intro after Love Of My Life: "Well you know, this is the last night of the tour, so you get a few silly things. I'd like to welcome back the rest of the Queen group. Especially, unusually not in tiger skin trousers but in stunning top, Mr. Roger Taylor. And in extremely modest black, on bass guitar Mr. John Deacon. And somewhere, on vocals and maracas, Mr. Freddie Mercury."

It's Late is a fantastic version, with a perfect May solo. Freddie's vocals leading into it are wonderful.

The hardcore fans in the front rows are eating out of the palm of the band's hand, as they know every note and word of the show. After It's Late, Freddie continues the festivities. "We'd like to feature John, Roger and Brian in this next song." The fans were shouting for Dead On Time off the Jazz album, but their shouts quickly change and Freddie responds to them: "Yeah, it might sound like Brighton Rock, but... how do you know for sure?" He then concedes defeat. "This is called Brighton Rock." It is a great version tonight, with many original ideas and a great May solo. Brian even plays part of the solo from Dead On Time, perhaps in response to the fans shouting for it. Roger's tympani solo is over two minutes long (very unusual for him, as he was never a fan of long drum solos), and the song as a whole is over 15 minutes in length, making it the longest version ever.

Tonight is also probably the longest (and surely one of the loosest versions of) Keep Yourself Alive ever played, as the intro is over a minute and a half long, and the song clocks in at 5:30. Later, a great version of Jailhouse Rock is thrown in for the last night's sake, along with Big Spender. The latter wouldn't be performed again until 1986.

Segments of Get Down Make Love and Brighton Rock from this show are featured on Live Killers. See the Live Killers analysis for more details.

This entire show likely exists on film in Queen's vaults, and much of the footage has become available over the years. See this table for details.

Some bits of footage from this show were used for the promo video of Love Of My Life (the bits with Freddie in red suspenders). The bulk of the footage comes from Japan. See Tokyo '79 for details.

In November 2009, the band posted some concert videos from the 70s on their website in conjunction with the release of their "Absolute Greatest" compilation, including Dreamers Ball from this show. While it is still the single camera and mono audio, the picture and sound quality are exquisite. The audio from this track was released on a Japanese bootleg called "Rare Cuts Vol. 3" in late 2011.

Pro footage of Big Spender was shown at the 2012 UK fan club convention.

The last row of pictures were taken by Gillian Parry.


Recording length: 135 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: C+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Fat Bottomed Girls, 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 [cut], Don't Stop Me Now, Mustapha (intro), If You Can't Beat Them, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39 [cut], It's Late, Brighton Rock, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This audience recording was probably taped by a member of the Queen die-hards called the "royal family." They can be heard reacting as Freddie pours champagne on them after Somebody To Love. He asks them specifically, "Are you folks from England still here?"

Unfortunately Now I'm Here is cut in the exact same spot that is missing on the video, although about a minute and a half more of the song is present here. There's a subtle cut a bit over six minutes into the song.

This copy is pretty high generation, and runs a bit too slow.

After Love Of My Life, it switches to an even higher generation copy, and a few bars into '39 there is a cut and it returns to the original sound quality.


Recording length: 129 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > WAV (GoldWave speed correction) > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Fat Bottomed Girls, 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 [cut], Don't Stop Me Now, Mustapha (intro), If You Can't Beat Them, Spread Your Wings, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39 [cut], It's Late, Brighton Rock [cut], Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This is a better copy of the audience tape (although there is a bit more tape hiss), except for Now I'm Here which is quite damaged.

The tape gen issue between Love Of My Life and '39 is on this copy as well.




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