City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: February 12, 1981

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, 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, 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 five shows at the Budokan, which are essentially warm-up gigs for the upcoming stadium shows in South America. In an interview on Japanese TV, Brian May says the reason they only played the Budokan was because of their lighting rig. Extra scaffolding needed to be installed into the hall to accomodate it, which he says wasn't possible at the other venues they had played in the past. At the end of the interview he adds, "We're particularly glad that we seem to be accepted as a musical group as well as what you call an idol group now."

In a TV interview the day before their first concert in Argentina, Brian expands on this latest experience in Japan: "It's the best tour we've done there, and we've done four tours, and it was clearly hysterical. Our audience is changing a bit from a kind of teeny-bop audience into a more rock audience in Japan. Japan was one of the few places where we had a young audience, but now it's more in line with how it is in the States and Europe."

The soundcheck pictures, taken by Koh Hasebe, could be from any of the five nights in Japan.


Recording length: 102 minutes (2 CD, complete)
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, 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, 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 a nice enough recording, although fairly distant.


Recording length: 2 CDR, complete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Battle Theme" (Trial)

     
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, 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, 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 probably similar to the recording listed above. It's a 4-disc set also including a recording from the following night.


Recording length: 47 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > WAV
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, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise)


Side B of this inferior source has yet to surface, if it even exists.


Recording length: 104 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Rock Budokan 1981" (Shakuntala)

   
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, 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, 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


A previously unheard third audience source was released by this bootleg label in March 2016. Hiss reduction was done, leaving behind some digital artifacts.

Somebody To Love and Teo Torriatte from the soundcheck traditionally attributed to the February 18th show (the bootleggers insist they're from February 19, a date not proven to be in the Queen concert canon). With these two tracks the length comes to 111 minutes.


Recording length: 105 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "The First Of Five Shows" (Tarantura)

 
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, 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, 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


Shortly after the release of the Shakuntala bootleg, Tarantura came back with their own copy, the fourth source from this show. As always, the quality is excellent, with a hefty amount of compression added.





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