City: Newcastle, UK
Venue: City Hall
Date: December 3, 1979

Setlist:
Let Me Entertain You, Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Love Of My Life, '39, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Bohemian Rhapsody, Sheer Heart Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen



A fan who attended the Newcastle shows says they were the most electrifying concert atmospheres he ever experienced. Another fan recalls:

"As soon as we entered the venue is was very clear just how big a band Queen now were, and how much of a 'show' we were about to witness. A massive extended stage seemed to take up almost half of the stalls, complete with a walkway for Freddie to come out into the crowd. A mass of lights surrounded the stage set-up, and the drum kit stood majestically on a massive raised platform. Pretty impressive and very different from the early days."

To shuffle things up a bit, Queen open with Let Me Entertain You and then follow with Tie Your Mother Down, a song that had been the set closer since 1977.

Mercury's voice is once again in superb shape. His delivery of Save Me is absolutely exquisite, and almost undoubtedly the best ever captured on tape.

Brian speaks to the small but enthusiastic bunch before Love Of My Life: "Actually, I think we should've recorded our live album here. What do you think?"

Freddie, after '39: "I think a song now that we're gonna do, this is dedicated to anybody who's got huge, humongous tits. And a huge, big ass. This is called White Bottomed Girls." Perhaps not so obvious to an audience in 1979, but this is clearly a reference to cocaine.

The encores are split into three sections tonight. Sheer Heart Attack is the first encore, then Crazy Little Thing Called Love (it's their current hit single), and they return a third time to do We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.

This article contains an interview with Brian done in Newcastle: 1 2


Recording length: 112 minutes (incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Cassette (x) > WAV (GoldWave speed correction) > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
Let Me Entertain You, Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love [cut], You're My Best Friend, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Love Of My Life, '39, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive [cut], drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Bohemian Rhapsody, Sheer Heart Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This recording is distant and has a fair bit of tape hiss.

The quality very rough at the beginning, but part way through the second song it becomes stereo, making it an easier listen.

There is a long analog fade out and fade in near the end of Brian's guitar solo, almost certainly added by the taper or someone close to them down the line. Other watermarks include volume fluctuations and panning in a few spots.


Recording length: 108 minutes (incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Cassette (x) > CDR (x) > WAV (GoldWave speed correction) > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
Let Me Entertain You, Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love [cut], You're My Best Friend, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Don't Stop Me Now, Spread Your Wings, Love Of My Life, '39, Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive [cut], drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Bohemian Rhapsody, Sheer Heart Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This copy is much better than previous ones that have circulated, although 20 seconds of tape are missing at the beginning of the show, as well as four minutes of audience cheering between the encores.

The fade out/in near the end of the guitar solo has been fixed here, but the tape hiss increases since the original edit was analog.




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