City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: April 23, 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, 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


This is the first of three consecutive nights in Tokyo. Although Freddie gets off to a decent start, his voice is very strained by mid-show.

After his piano and vocal intro to Somebody To Love, he declares, "OK sweethearts, let's go!" In the second chorus, Trip Khalaf at the front of house briefly lowers Brian and Roger's faders to enjoy hearing the audience sing "Somebody" in unison. Two beats later Brian and Roger return to the mix. He pulls the same trick in the second chorus of Killer Queen, hoping for an "Anytime" from the audience but they come up empty.

Fat Bottomed Girls is dropped from the setlist after tonight.

The band are smoking hot by this point on the tour, particuarly Brian May who is throwing in extra licks all over the place, like in the modulation connecting Death On Two Legs to Killer Queen.

A small musical tidbit: just before the first chorus of Get Down Make Love, on "Everybody", Brian has often played a pentatonic lick to accompany the vocal. It seems this is the last time he would add this great little piece of musical texture.

Freddie does his usual introduction to Now I'm Here and adds, "I just know you'll join in, so I'm not gonna press you." After his successful (and creative) vocal exchange with the audience part way through the songs, he quips, "Oh god, they're learning fast."

Freddie, after Now I'm Here: "We'd like, straight away, to introduce Brian May on the piano. We're gonna do something special tonight. We didn't do it the last kinda shows we did here. This is... by the way, we'd like everybody to sing, meaning.. [in Japanese he invites them to sing, which is becoming a regular thing]. So do it! This is called Teo Torriatte." After the song he jokes, "One of these days I'm gonna play guitar." Perhaps he wasn't entirely joking, as he'd be playing guitar on Queen's first US #1 hit within six months.


Recording length: 121 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Analog Master > DAT (clone-2) > CDR > EAC > 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, Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life [cut], '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 a pretty good, although distant recording.

This appears lossy in a spectral analysis, but it's probably a case of it having been transferred onto a DAT tape with a 32 KHz sampling rate (which is below CD quality, 44.1 KHz).


Recording length: 121 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Pride And Joy" (Wardour) silvers

     
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, Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life [cut], '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


Wardour bootlegged the exact recording listed above.

This set also includes a recording from the April 14th show and a DVD from the TV broadcast of the April 25th show.

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


Recording length: 119 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: C+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > WAV
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, 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


This alternate source isn't the best of quality. Its only value is that Love Of My Life isn't cut like on the common source.


Recording length: 124 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Dedicate To Great Tits, Great Ass" (Tarantura) silvers

 
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, 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


Tarantura released a third source of this show in June 2013. It's an excellent recording taped by Mr. Peach with some compression added as usual.




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