City: New York, NY, USA
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Date: September 28, 1980

Setlist:
Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, 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, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


After Roger sings the line "I'm in love with my car," instead his usual "oh yeah," Mercury responds with, "Yes, his Rolls Royce."

After You're My Best Friend, Freddie has a word with the audience. "Hey, I must tell you, I grew this moustache especially for New York." Naturally, the audience cheers, but Freddie soon reveals the obvious truth. "If you believe that, you'll believe anything!"

In his intro to Fat Bottomed Girls, Freddie does his usual bit: "This is for all you dirty people, anybody here that's got a nice big pair of tits. You know what I mean. And a nice big juicy fat ass!" But he little response. "There must be somebody here... Jesus."

Before Love Of My Life, Brian says, "Madison Square Garden is the most famous gig in the world. It feels like it." Mercury is in superb voice tonight, and his rendition of the ballad is gorgeous. Shortly afterward he sings his balls off in the second verse of Keep Yourself Alive.

In the lead-in back into Brighton Rock after his guitar solo, Brian breaks a string, so Roger has to improvise a bit while Brian quickly gets himself a new axe.

Before Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Freddie talks about his 12-string acoustic: "I'm sure you're all wondering what I'm doing with this thing around my neck. Well, so am I, to be honest!"


Recording length: 110 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > 1st Gen Cassette > Standalone CDR (1)
Track listing:
Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, 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 [cut], Dragon Attack [cut twice], Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (reprise), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


These three recordings from New York were all taped by the same person, and sound almost identical to one another. The instruments are all there, and the levels of EQ are very nice, but there is bass distortion.

Now I'm Here is cut for a tape flip, and it continues part way into Dragon Attack. For some reason there is another cut a couple minutes later. It plays about a quarter-tone too slow.


Recording length: 110 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, 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 [cut], Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (reprise), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is significantly better than the supposed first generation copy. Either the above transfer from the master was a very bad one, or the given lineage was fabricated somewhere down the line.

Dragon Attack is missing from this copy. The edit is seamless, implying it was intentional.




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