City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Nippon Budokan
Date: February 18, 1981

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, The Millionaire Waltz (intro), Play The Game, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Rock It, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo, guitar solo, Vultan's Theme, 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, Teo Torriatte, God Save The Queen


This is the last night at the Budokan.

Freddie plays a bit of The Millionaire Waltz on the piano before Play The Game. It hadn't been heard live since 1978, and this is the last time it would be referenced. Old songs were on his mind this evening, as he played a bit of In The Lap Of The Gods during soundcheck, a song that hadn't been played on stage since 1975. He'd play a different part of the Sheer Heart Attack track on stage a few weeks later in Buenos Aires.

After Roger sings the line "I'm in love with my car," Freddie replies with "Oh yes he is" instead of his usual "Oh yeah."

Mercury's voice isn't in top shape tonight, so he plays it safe in some spots. He has some trouble with his mic near the end of Save Me.

Brian's guitar is slightly higher in the mix than the lead vocal. Perhaps this is what Freddie was referring to when he says "The missiles are heavy tonight" after a blistering version of Rock It.

Over the years in Japan, Brian would sometimes play a bit of the traditional Japanese folk song "Sakura" during his guitar solo, always to the delight of the audience. Tonight, however, he plays it on his 12-string acoustic as a preamble to Love Of My Life.

In the jam leading into Keep Yourself Alive, Freddie references the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' classic "Shakin' All Over." Brian adds some nifty riffing before they launch into their debut album rocker.

Tonight marks the end of the brief stint of Vultan's Theme in Queen's live set. Battle Theme is heard for the last time as well.

Teo Torriatte is actually performed as a third encore, one of the few times (and the last time) after 1978 that Queen would play a song after We Are The Champions.

After the show, Freddie gets in some last-minute Japanese shopping to the point that he barely makes it to the airport on time - and then he boards the wrong plane!


Recording length: 105 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, The Millionaire Waltz (intro), Play The Game, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Rock It, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo [cut], guitar solo, Vultan's Theme, 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, Teo Torriatte, God Save The Queen


The last night is captured here in average quality.


Recording length: 110 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, The Millionaire Waltz (intro), Play The Game, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Rock It, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Vultan's Theme, Battle Theme, Flash, 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, Teo Torriatte, God Save The Queen


This second audience source isn't great, although it's the complete show.


Recording length: 108 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: C
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master > WAV
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, The Millionaire Waltz (intro), Play The Game, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Rock It [cut], Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Vultan's Theme, Battle Theme, Flash, Crazy Little Thing Called Love [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Teo Torriatte [cut]


This third source is pretty poor quality.


Recording length: 111 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Finale" (Tarantura) silvers

 
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, The Millionaire Waltz (intro), Play The Game, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Rock It, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Vultan's Theme, 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, Teo Torriatte, God Save The Queen


Tarantura released the first bootleg of this show in November 2012, a fourth audience source. Like a couple of the other 1981 Mr. Peach tapes, this one has been treated with far too much compression making it distort occasionally.


Recording length: 7 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Teo Torriatte, Somebody To Love, In The Lap Of The Gods


This is one of a very few recordings of Queen during a soundcheck. The band are heard running through Teo Torriatte. Freddie carefully preserves his voice for the show, singing many parts in the lower octave.

Freddie then noodles on the piano for a while, mainly with Somebody To Love and, interestingly enough, In The Lap Of The Gods.


Recording length: 4 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Teo Torriatte, Somebody To Love


This copy of the soundcheck is shorter but better quality.




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