City: Zürich, Switzerland
Venue: Hallenstadion
Date: April 16, 1982

Setlist:
Flash (tape), The Hero, Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, Staying Power, Get Down Make Love, Liar, Under Pressure, Love Of My Life, Back Chat (improvisation), Save Me, Mustapha (intro), Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Death On Two Legs (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), 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 two nights in Zürich.

This is an excellent early tour performance with a few neat improvs here and there, especially in the great version of Liar. In fact, Freddie references Back Chat three separate times in a half-hour span, the third of which the band finally join in on.

Speaking of Freddie's vocal improvisations, they are often very soul-induced on this tour, which is more than likely fueled by his love for all things Aretha Franklin. In fact, he would even invite the Milton Keynes audience a couple months later to sing like her during Now I'm Here. Later on the tour in Japan, he would even reference one of her songs during Another One Bites The Dust.

Freddie messes up a few words in the first verse of Tie Your Mother Down.

He makes small talk with the audience before Staying Power, talking about the new album. "See, if you ask me the right questions, I wanna give you the right answers. Any other questions, c'mon?" After a brief pause, "Have I got a big dick?" After the song, he says, "We fucking well gotcha now," with "gotcha" being the last word of Staying Power.

The Mustapha intro is a bit lackluster though, as the tuning note for Fat Bottomed Girls (D) given to Freddie is much lower than the usual G. He realizes this too late and must finish it in the much lower key.

Overall there is a very positive vibe on stage on this European tour, as is evidenced by all the twists and turns the band would take on most nights. Freddie's voice is in fantastic shape for the next couple months, and the rest of the band remain strong and consistent.

Some video footage of Under Pressure from soundcheck was broadcast on French TV on April 18, the day before the first Paris show, along with interviews of Freddie and Brian. A voiceover makes it difficult to hear most of what's said in the interviews, but Mercury is briefly heard remarking "we've already done three shows so far" before the voiceover cuts back in, which clarifies the date. Another indicator is that roadies are seen loading in gear, which wouldn't happen on a second night.


Recording length: 94 minutes (3 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Long Life To The Queen" LP

 
Track listing:
Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love [cut], Get Down Make Love, Liar, Love Of My Life, Back Chat (improvisation), Save Me, Mustapha (intro), Fat Bottomed Girls [cut], Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Death On Two Legs (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, Under Pressure, Staying Power, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This Italian bootleg was released in 1982. The audience recording was split over three LPs when it could probably have fit onto two. The tape plays a bit too fast.

Flash and The Hero are missing from this recording. Somebody To Love and Fat Bottomed Girls fade out prematurely.

Queen archivist Greg Brooks even went out of his way to state in his revised book that this "setlist" is correct, but it most definitely is not. The bootleggers simply shifted a couple tracks around for side 6, as edits are clearly heard.


Recording length: 2 LP, incomplete
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "A Night In Switzerland" LP

     
Track listing:
Love Of My Life, Back Chat (improvisation), Save Me, Mustapha (intro), Fat Bottomed Girls [cut], Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Death On Two Legs (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, Under Pressure, Staying Power, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Overstock copies of the second and third LPs became volumes 1 and 2 of another title.


Recording length: 1 CD, incomplete
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "18 Greatest Hits Live From Queen" (STEN) silvers

 
Track listing:
Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another One Bites The Dust, Play The Game, Save Me


This 1991 bootleg claims to be from Zurich '82 and '86. The truth of the matter is - four tracks come from Zurich '82, while the other tracks come from Copenhagen '77, Tokyo '85, Mannheim '86 and London '86.


Recording length: 94 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Long Life To The Queen" (QN) silvers

 
Track listing:
Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love [cut], Get Down Make Love, Liar, Love Of My Life, Back Chat (improvisation), Save Me, Mustapha (intro), Fat Bottomed Girls [cut], Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Death On Two Legs (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, Under Pressure, Staying Power, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This 2-disc set from the mid-90s is a direct copy of the LP listed above, and was packaged to look virtually identical to it.


Recording length: 79 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Good Evening Zurich" (Play This Production) silver

       
Track listing:
Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love [cut], Get Down Make Love [cut], Liar, Love Of My Life, Back Chat (improvisation), Save Me, Mustapha (intro), Fat Bottomed Girls [cut], Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Death On Two Legs (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here [cut], Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, Under Pressure, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Much work was done on the recording in order to squeeze it onto this single disc released in 2005. Many between-song segments are edited out, as well as the latter half of Get Down Make Love and most of the vocal exchange in Now I'm Here. Staying Power is omitted entirely. The tape was also sped up.

The sound has been cleaned up somewhat, with some hiss reduction and EQing.


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette
Track listing:
Flash (tape), The Hero, Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, Staying Power, Get Down Make Love, Liar, Under Pressure, Love Of My Life, Back Chat (improvisation), Save Me, Mustapha (intro), Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Death On Two Legs (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


A second audience source exists containing the complete show.




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