City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: April 24, 1979

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, 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


After briefly retiring the We Will Rock You slow/fast introduction of the show, the band revive it for this concert and stick with it for the remainder of the tour.

A few shots in the Love Of My Life promo video come from this show. Before the song, Brian introduces it in his well-rehearsed Japanese that he usually uses before Somebody To Love (although not on this night), and corrects himself part way through it. He then starts playing the song in the wrong key, and soon corrects that as well.

Brian, during the usual band introductions: "On tambourine, Mr. Freddie Mercury." The tambourinist sings a very powerful version of It's Late tonight. His range remains limited, but he gives his all. Roger Taylor, on the other hand, almost trainwrecks the song in two separate spots - a very rare blunder from the otherwise rock solid drummer.

Brian plays an extended guitar solo in Brighton Rock, more like he did in 1975-77. Roger and John join in more sporadically instead of engaging in a long jam as they had done throughout the last few months. By the end of the tour, the rhythm section would only join in at the end of Brian's solo.

In a few documentaries there is footage from We Will Rock You at the end of the show that has been a source of discussion for years. Freddie is seen in his silver lurex suit peeling a banana and throwing the peels into the audience while sitting on the shoulders of a crew member dressed as Superman. Filmed from stage left, Japanese audience members can be seen in the background. The footage was recently confirmed to be from April 24. Cheers to Gary Taylor for the confirmation. There are other brief clips in various documentaries from this show as well. See this table for details.


Recording length: 116 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend [cut], 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 [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This audience recording is average quality.


Recording length: 99 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > CDR (2) > FLAC
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, 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], Brighton Rock [cut], 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 is missing '39 and It's Late. It's more distant than the first source, but the sound is less muffled.


Recording length: 123 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Frenzy At The Budokan" (Tarantura) silvers

 
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, 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 an excellent recording of this show in October 2016, taped by Mr Peach, and with their usual compression added. It is part of a 3-disc package including a partial recording of the April 13th show at the same venue.




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