City: Birmingham, UK
Venue: National Exhibition Centre (Hall 7)
Date: December 5, 1980

Presumed 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, Need Your Loving Tonight, 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, Battle Theme, Flash, The Hero, 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 the first of two nights at the NEC Arena, the first ever rock concerts at the venue. Brian addresses the issue before Love Of My Life:

"I think we ought to be back here next year. You're brilliant here. What do you think of this place? Do you think this is alright, this NEC?" They certainly do. "It just seems like you're a little bit far away, you know. I think we should try out Bingley [Hall in Stafford] again next time." They roar in approval of the idea. "Let's go civilize this place a little."

Throughout the show, a couple fellows in the audience keep shouting out for White Man (even sometimes during songs!). But to their eventual dismay, Queen won't play the song tonight as it had been dropped from the set a couple years back. Before Mustapha, Freddie says they band are gonna do something in Arabic, to which the audience members shout "No!" in contradiction of the majority of approval. Later in the show, before Love Of My Life, one of them takes note that the band have "stuck to the hits." Queen now only perform nine tracks from their first five records, most of which were singles.

Finally, as Freddie warms up with his acoustic guitar, one of our friends shouts out, "Crazy Little White Man!"

Here is a review of the show: http://www.queencuttings.com

The second set of pictures was taken by Gillian Parry (which could be from either night).


Recording length: 73 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: C+
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, Need Your Loving Tonight, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack [cut], Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Battle Theme, Flash, The Hero, Brighton Rock (reprise), Crazy Little Thing Called Love


This audience recording sounds very good in the quieter moments, but it has bass distortion as soon as the rhythm section kicks in.




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