City: Birmingham, UK
Venue: National Exhibition Centre (Hall 7)
Date: December 6, 1980

Setlist:
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 / We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Battle Theme, Flash, The Hero, Brighton Rock (ending), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, Tie Your Mother Down, God Save The Queen



The band skip out on Jailhouse Rock for the first time on the tour, one of many changes to the setlist tonight.

Freddie, before Save Me: "I'm gonna relax for once from the piano and let Brian do some stuff. Let him work a little. He gets paid the same as I do."

The second night in Birmingham sees the first live airing of Flash, which features Brian playing the ostinato rhythm on guitar - the only time it was performed in this fashion. The band then decided it was best to have him on the keyboards instead, to be closer to the studio version. For a few nights this would be part of a medley - Battle Theme, Flash, The Hero, and the coda of Brighton Rock. Flash would remain in the set through 1981, and would later be used as the taped introduction music on the Hot Space tour.

Queen tried out a different ending to the show a few nights on this tour. We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions were the end of the set proper, the first encore was Another One Bites The Dust and Sheer Heart Attack, and the second encore was Tie Your Mother Down. It definitely removed the predictability of the encores, which is something most bands with mammoth hit songs have trouble escaping. They would swap the encores a few more times over the next week.

December 25th is creeping near, so Brian plays a verse of We Wish You A Merry Christmas during Love Of My Life.

Here is a review of this, the second night at the NEC: http://www.queencuttings.com


Recording length: 109 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
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 / We Wish You A Merry Christmas [cut], Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Battle Theme, Flash, The Hero, Brighton Rock (reprise), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, Tie Your Mother Down, God Save The Queen


This is much lower generation than copies of this audience recording that circulated for years.




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