City: London, UK
Venue: Wembley Arena
Date: December 8, 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, 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 (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 first three pics were taken by Martin de Jong and the last two pics were submitted by Nareg Mikaelian. The remaining ones were taken by David King and submitted by Mark Alexander.

Queen are a force to be reckoned with on this tour, and this show in particular is such an excellent one on all levels. Musically they are spot on, and Freddie's voice is nothing short of perfect, hitting virtually every note he wants to. Their vocal harmonies are tight, with Play The Game being a notable mention.

Freddie notes that it's "Fucking freezing in this auditorium" before Mustapha. "Especially for all those people in the back. But we'll get your asses on fire in a minute, don't worry." Before Love Of My Life, Brian mentions the temperature too, however a wee bit more diplomatically than Freddie as per usual. "Well, I hope you're all warming up a little by now. It feels like it."

Freddie's delivery of Killer Queen on this tour is almost spoken at times during the verses. On this night he says "Paris" in a French accent. He was probably tiring of the song after playing it every night since 1974. It would be dropped for many shows in 1981.

Freddie has a few little exchanges with audience members tonight. Before Save Me, he asks someone, "What did you say in Urchin? I'll turn you into a frog if you don't watch it." Freddie's delivery of the is gorgeous, along with Brian's piano work - definitely one of the best ever live versions of the ballad off The Game.

Before Fat Bottomed Girls, Freddie contemplates the next song in the setlist, and tells himself, "We're gonna do that one, yes," and then shouts, "You shut up! You keep out of this!" After a brief pause, he continues. "We're gonna do as he says, by the way. This is a dirty little number, and we've uh..." He gets distracted again and says, "You shut up as well. What is this!? You wanna come up and sing it? C'mon!" Instead of following through with his invitation, he continues with his usual style of intro of the song, "It's all about tits and bums as you know. It's called Fat Bottomed Girls." He then sings a very aggressive version of the rocker, even delivering the final "rockin' world go 'round" like the record version.

There are a couple great adlibs from Freddie. He shouts, "Ride on cowboy, any way you like, on your bike" during Fat Bottomed Girls, and later he mimics the Flash Gordon movie during Flash: "Oh Flash, I love you, I love you, I love you!"

About two and a half minutes into Brian's guitar solo, his choice of notes and rhythms in his ascending and descending runs is exquisite, sounding almost classical. A bit later, he fiddles with his delay unit to get the right timing before entering Battle Theme.

The Flash Gordon soundtrack is released today, which means their audiences at earlier shows on this European tour didn't know Battle Theme and The Hero when they had been performed (Flash had already been released as a single in November).

A synthesizer is used for the first time on stage tonight, by Brian on Flash. He plays piano for most of the song, but switches to the synth in a couple spots. Finally, before "Just a man," he leaves the keyboards and finishes the song on guitar. They would have a similar arrangement for Who Wants To Live Forever in 1986.

Like two nights ago, Queen swap the encores. Freddie and Roger's voices blend perfectly in the second verse of Sheer Heart Attack. At the end of the show, after thanking the audience, Freddie adds, "Hey, we can all go home now and get fucked!"

Queen dropped Need Your Loving Tonight from the setlist after this show for some reason. It would be played now and again in 1981, usually alternating nights with Rock It.


Recording length: 104 minutes (2 LP, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Flash Alive" LP

 
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, Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, 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 person who shared a CD copy of this LP online commends the taper: "Wembley Arena is not renowned for its acoustics (it's bloody awful) so this guy was obviously well positioned and did a great job."

The source tape is a bit distant, and there isn't nearly enough John Deacon to give either version an A rating for quality. The LP is perhaps one tape generation less, and has a slight (yet warming) distortion to it. Its EQ focuses more on the top and bottom end, while the Gypsy Eye CD release below is all about the mid range. It's really a matter of preference.


Recording length: 110 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Standing On The Arena" (Gypsy Eye) silvers

   
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, Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, 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


This bootleg release is from a pre-LP tape. It is a few minutes longer, as there is a bit more tape before the show, it has the cheering after Champions, and it runs a tad slower. This is thankfully one of the few recordings that Gypsy Eye didn't ruin in some way before pressing it to silvers.

Here's a link to the always-reliable GS review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com


Recording length: 2 CD
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Perfume Came Naturally From Wembley" (Godfather) silvers

 
 
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, Now I'm Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, 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


Godfather Records released this bootleg in early 2011.




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