City: São Paulo, Brazil
Venue: Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo
Date: March 21, 1981

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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, 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 last show on this first leg of the South American tour.

The show, like most of the shows in South America, is broadcast live on the radio. During Get Down Make Love, the DJ notes (in Portugese) that people in the audience have been throwing toilet paper at the band. After Freddie gives the audience an unpleased look, a cardboard box is thrown at Roger Taylor.

Tonight the band drop Fat Bottomed Girls, but they do play the longer medley one last time. These would be the final performances of Mustapha and Death On Two Legs in full. While the medley would be dropped, the individual songs would still be played in one capacity or another. Killer Queen and I'm In Love With My Car would remain in the set through the rest of the year. Death On Two Legs would be heard a few times in 1982 as a piano introduction to Bohemian Rhapsody (or to Killer Queen, as in Sydney '85). Freddie would often be heard singing the a cappella intro to Mustapha on later tours (particularly the Works tour) as he had done in early 1979.

Freddie's voice is in fantastic shape tonight, and his delivery of Rock It is probably his best ever. After he sings, "It gets down to my soul," he adds, "Yes it does," before continuing along. After the song, he does a one-off incorporation of its lyrics into a vocal exchange with the audience. The full version of Rock It would be retired after this show, but would be resurrected as the opener on the 1982 North American tour and three of the Japanese '82 shows, running seamlessly into the fast We Will Rock You.

In a Melody Maker interview done between South American tours, Freddie talks about his voice. "I'm losing the range, believe it or not. I've lost the power I began with. But I've become a stronger singer so maybe my framework is diminishing but within that I can sing better than ever. My voice can do amazing things now."

The third picture was submitted by Alessio Rizatelli. Pics 2 and 3 were submitted by Fabio Minero; the former shows John Deacon in a São Paulo football jersey.

The last two pictures show audience members holding old-school mono tape recorders. Thanks to Mariusz Neugebauer for identifying the first one as being from São Paulo. The second one could be from any of the South American shows.



After this gig Queen would take a few months off, during which they'd record Under Pressure with David Bowie. Roger Taylor also recorded his first solo album, called "Fun In Space."


Recording length: 13 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Radio
Lineage: Radio > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Love Of My Life [cut], We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You [cut], Killer Queen [cut], I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody [cut], Tie Your Mother Down [cut]


This fragmentary recording from a radio broadcast is the only listenable document of this show. The segments of Bohemian Rhapsody and Tie Your Mother Down are very brief.


Recording length: 109 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: C-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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 [cut], Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, 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 such a great setlist and performance, but alas the recording is barely audible. The speed slightly fluctuates between tape flips.




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