City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: April 13, 1979


       

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.

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's voice begins to weaken by this point in the tour, but he turns in a gorgeous rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody that surely eclipses the version from Live Killers recorded a couple months earlier in Frankfurt.

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

The famous photo for the front cover of Live Killers was taken at the end of one of the Japanese shows, and the fifth picture above (taken by Koh Hasebe and found in a 1979 Japanese book called "Queen 02 Archive Book Guide") was snapped right around that moment. The other pictures could also be from any show on the tour, the second of which was submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli.


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.




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