City: Osaka, Japan
Venue: Festival Hall
Date: April 20, 1979

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, 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, Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, 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


Since they didn't tour Japan after releasing News Of The World, Queen decide to revive the We Will Rock You slow/fast combination for the second night in Osaka. As in 1977/78, Freddie and Brian perform their respective parts of We Will Rock You from opposite sides of the stage. The overture from the A Day At The Races album then plays, after which Brian launches the band into the fast version.

There's a great moment after Somebody To Love. Freddie remains sitting at the piano and says, "Ok, we have a slightly different show tonight from last night, so it should be a lot of fun. This next song is from A Night At The Opera. This is called Death On Two Legs." He then realizes he has messed up the setlist, and says, probably slightly embarrassed, "I told you it would be a different show!" He fiddles on the piano briefly, gets up, and continues, "I think we're gonna change it. This is called If You Can't Beat 'Em, join 'em!" Looking at one of his bandmates, he adds, "Fuck off!" as Brian starts the song.

Freddie, after Now I'm Here: "We're gonna do a song for the first time ever. I don't know if you understand this. I think you'll get the gist. And we'd like everybody to join in." In Japanese, he then invites them to sing along, and they simply love any moment where he speaks their language. "Ok then, this song is called Teo Torriatte." Brian May then plays piano on stage for the first time. The song is heard at the expense of Spread Your Wings tonight.

They play an abridged version of the song in 1979 and 1981, generally intended as a singalong with the audience since the chorus is in Japanese. Queen would only play the song in Japan, and the complete song would be performed only twice in 1982 (its only performances outside Japan would be by Brian May on the tail end of his solo tour in 1993).

It's quite nice to hear these "non-audience" versions of Love Of My Life, a song that doesn't exercise the higher range, to appreciate the sheer beauty of Freddie Mercury's voice. After the Live Killers album release, most audiences would sing along to the song and it would become an event unto itself.


Recording length: 125 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Zoom 1979" (LLX) silvers > CDR (x)

 
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, 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], Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock [cut], Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody [cut], Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This 1994 bootleg uses an excellent-sounding tape, although it runs about a semitone slow.

Like last night's recording, the audience are often just as loud as the band. It sounds a bit better overall, probably because it was taped a bit closer to the stage.


Recording length: 120 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Ultimate Dreamer" (Wardour) silvers

     
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, 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], Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock [cut], Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody [cut], Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is probably sourced from the Zoom bootleg, as the only difference is that it now runs at the correct speed. Like Zoom, it's a 4 CD set of both nights in Osaka.

Here's a link to the always-reliable GS review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com




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