City: New York, NY, USA
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Date: September 30, 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



Collective history has suggested that a fourth night at the Garden on October 1 was added, but this show on the 30th would be the final one of the tour. That said, three nights at the Garden and four at the L.A. Forum spell success for any entertainers.

This is the last time Queen would perform the John Deacon favourite You're My Best Friend.

Freddie is in a great mood tonight. With his back to the audience for a moment, attempting to introduce Save Me while still receiving an ovation, he cheerfully asks, "What is that racket behind me?" He and Brian try to begin the song, and Mercury jests, "Shh! Quiet! Let your mother think." Some audience members have a giggle.

Someone lets off a firecracker before Fat Bottomed Girls, and the audience boos the perpetrator. Freddie then says, "I normally dedicate this next song to the biggest pair of tits in the audience, but I never see one!" In the outro of the song, Freddie adlibs, "Everybody on your bike!"

Brian, before Love Of My Life: "You think we should turn it up a bit?" The audience definitely comply. "I just want to say a couple of things. About three months ago we left our homes in England and we came for a three month tour of the United States. We've had the best possible time, I can tell you. It's been great. We're gonna miss New York a lot in particular because we walk down here a lot. Thank you for your support. You're great." This is the last time they'd perform the A Night At The Opera favourite in the US.

Freddie introduces Tie Your Mother Down, something he very rarely did.

Normally a pitch perfect vocalist, Mercury sings much of the first verse and chorus of Another One Bites The Dust a semitone sharp. It was likely a monitoring issue.

Freddie, at the end of the show: "Thank you, New York. Thank you for being such good souls. I'll hope you all get fucked tonight!"

Here are a few pro pics from the third night: 1 2 3 4 5


Recording length: 108 minutes (2 CD, complete)
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, 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


Like last night's recording from the same taper, the recording is distorted.


Recording length: 93 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > ? > WAV > FLAC level 8
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, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo [cut], guitar solo [cut], 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 [cut], We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This is an alternate source in much better quality. It's a bit distant and slightly distorted, but still relatively clear sounding.

Since it was recorded on a 90 minute tape, the taper pressed pause between many songs to save tape, and skipped out on most of Brian May's solo spot.




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