City: Puebla, Mexico
Venue: Estadio Olimpico de beisbol Ignacio Zaragoza
Date: October 18, 1981

Setlist:
Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo, guitar solo, 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


     
                       
   

For years it was thought that this concert was on October 16, but this is the second night, the 18th.

The first set of pictures were taken during soundcheck. John Deacon donned the Dallas Cowboys helmet in hopes of avoiding projectiles from the audience on the second night, but it wouldn't have been necessary as this show went much more smoothly than the first.

This is the last show where Queen used Jailhouse Rock as the opener. After next month's shows in Montreal, the Elvis classic would be heard only once in 1982, but would be revived to be part of the encore for the majority of the Works tour.

Freddie, after Somebody To Love: "Oh yeah, it sure is a bit better tonight! This next song is from A Night At The Opera. This is written by Roger Taylor; it's called I'm In Love With My Car." Freddie rarely had the opportunity to introduce this song as it was usually part of a medley.

This show marks the final performance of Need Your Loving Tonight.

This is the first time Brian would play the riffs from the future B-side "I Go Crazy" during his solo spot. He would do it again in Montreal, and a few more times in Europe the following year.

"Ok, let's do Tie Your Mother Down!" - another rare intro by Freddie.

At the end of the show: "Thank you for being a totally different audience tonight. We all thank you. Muchos gracias."

The next day Freddie flew to New York for his vacation, and the rest of the band went to LA.

Needless to say, the overall Mexico experience ensured the band would never return to the country. Even though concerts are run much more humanely today, no incarnation of Queen in the 21st century ever visited Mexico, nor did Brian or Roger stop here on their solo tours in the 90s. They have never commented on this.

In the winter 1981 official fan club magazine, Roger was his usual blunt self: "Glad to be back from Mexico - it was hell! - well, difficult to say the least - nasty authorities, corrupt officials & food poisoning, plus risk of death, etc. Apart from that it was wonderful!"



The first set of pics and pic 13 were taken by Carole Hill. The first three of the second set of pictures were submitted by Nareg Mikaelian, pic 6 by Ducksoup, 7-11 by Lukáš Bosík, and 12 by Alessio Rizzitelli. The second backstage pic is from Fabio Minero.

The backstage pictures of Freddie, Roger and John wearing sombreros were taken during this show. The ones of Freddie and Roger were snapped near the moment of the shot seen in the insert of the final Queen album, Made In Heaven. Roger Taylor recalls, "This picture was taken in Mexico, back stage in the Doll's house taken mid show. It was 1981. This picture always makes me smile." Since Brian isn't in the photos, it's pretty certain that they were taken during his guitar solo.

In 2013, in response to seeing the picture during an interview on TV, he recalled this to be a "harrowing and dangerous show with a lot of people out there that were quite crazy and had lots to drink, I think. We were sort of trying to have a light moment in the middle of the show." Perhaps he was confusing the two nights, but having played about a thousand shows since, his memory is still excellent as he instantly identified the venue correctly.


Recording length: 91 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master > 2nd Gen Cassette > WAV > CDR (1)
Track listing:
Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Need Your Loving Tonight [cut], Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo, guitar solo [cut], 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


About 30 seconds of Need Your Loving Tonight are cut for a tape flip, and about 2 1/2 minutes of Brian's solo spot are missing as well.


Recording length: 90 minutes (2 CDR, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Need Your Lovin' Mexico" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Need Your Loving Tonight [cut], Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo, guitar solo [cut], 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


Breakdown did some heavy hiss reduction, leaving it with a very tinny sound.


Recording length: 95 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, Somebody To Love, 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), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos (including I Go Crazy), 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 alternate source is complete.


Recording length: 93 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, Somebody To Love, 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), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos (including I Go Crazy), 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 another copy of the second audience source. It has a bit more tape hiss, but it includes some of the MC's speech after the band leave the stage.


Recording length: 4 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Radio
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Jailhouse Rock [cut], We Will Rock You (fast) [cut]


This is a short recording from a (possibly live) broadcast on Radio Exitos 790 AM. Interviews with the band members were also conducted by DJ Adolfo Fernandez Zepeda, some of which were heard again on bootlegs of the previous night's show.

The first track is just the intro of the show with a voiceover, and it cuts out immediately after Brian hits the first chord of Jailhouse Rock.




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