City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: April 13, 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, 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, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen



 

This is the first of two nights in Tokyo, at the beginning of what would be their longest tour of Japan, consisting of 15 dates.

Freddie noodles what seems to be the intro to Father To Son before Spread Your Wings.

Brian, after Love Of My Life: "It's your turn. You have to sing along with this one, or we'll kill you, okay? This is '39."

Freddie is in great voice on this night, but it will soon weaken for the remainder of the tour. Tonight he turns in a gorgeous rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody that surely eclipses the version from Live Killers recorded a couple months earlier in Frankfurt.

In a TV interview the next day, based on this show Brian May points out that their Japanese audience is maturing, and listening to the music more than they used to.

The photos were taken by Koh Hasebe.

It's curious that Queen's longest Japanese tour didn't produce any bootleg LPs at the time (although this comprehensive list from a 1983 Japanese fan club magazine includes an LP called "Bicycle Race Tour" which nobody seems to have heard of to this day).


Recording length: 84 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Get Down Make Love [cut], 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, 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 first half hour of the show is missing on this recording. For some reason the bass drum is its prominent feature.


Recording length: 53 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "The Bootleg Failure" (Tarantura) silvers

 
Track listing:
'39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Tarantura released half of this show in October 2016, appropriately titled since it would seem that the taper showed up about an hour late. It is part of a 3-disc package including the April 24th show at the same venue.


Recording length: 114 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD -> master cassette -> ? -> CDR (x) -> WAV -> FLAC
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, Don't Stop Me Now, 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, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This third source is a very nice recording, and almost the complete show.


Recording length: 7 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Teo Torriatte, Somebody To Love, In The Lap Of The Gods


This is one of a very few recordings of Queen during a soundcheck. It's uncertain which date it's from, but it's certainly from the 1979 Japanese tour

The band are first heard running through Teo Torriatte where Freddie carefully preserves his voice for the show, singing many parts in the lower octave. He then noodles on the piano for a while, mainly with Somebody To Love and, interestingly enough, In The Lap Of The Gods.


Recording length: 4 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Teo Torriatte, Somebody To Love


This copy of the soundcheck is shorter but better quality.




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