|Date:||April 25, 1982|
Flash (tape), The Hero, Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Back Chat, Somebody To Love, Love Of My Life, Mustapha (intro), Save Me, Get Down Make Love, guitar solo, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, 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
Bow Wow Wow had been supporting Queen since the Zurich shows, but this would be their last show. The final straw was when audience members were throwing beer cans and food at them, which turned into a back and forth fight. They couldn't finish their set, and Queen's roadies had to escort them off. After hearing about this, Brian May openly expressed his disappointment over how narrow-minded a small percentage of Queen fans were. He was quoted saying, "I really am ashamed of the people who did that to them. There were a dozen or so drunks in the audience who did it - it was disgusting." Brian also stated how Queen enjoyed Bow Wow Wow's music and stage act.
Roger added these thoughts: "It's a common malaise these days. They didn't really give enough to the audience - you have to. The audience aren't there to see you jerk off on stage. They're the one who paid the money. They're there to be entertained in some way, and you've got to give a little bit, and you bend a little bit and you've got to project yourself - especially in these large arenas. And these new groups, a lot of the new bands just sort of come on and do their thing and "hey man, if you don't like us then Fuck You!" and so, fuck them. They end up nowhere, which is a shame really. It's a stupid attitude."
The British progressive/new wave band "After The Fire" were soon drafted into the opening slot. They had opened for ELO earlier in the year, and would go on to support Van Halen almost immediately after their stint with Queen. This strain of touring partly led to the band's demise by the end of the year.
Back Chat returns to the set, in place of Staying Power, after having been (somewhat) absent from the last four shows.
Freddie does one of his most creative and ambitious vocal solos toward the end of Somebody To Love, lasting about 30 seconds long. He is once again in superb voice tonight.
Brian briefly addresses the audience in Dutch: "Goede avond! That shall be my limit tonight." He continues, with a strange introduction to the next song: "We'd like to do something in total contrast. It's quiet. This is a little number which we call in the trade, Love Of My Wife."
Brian offers some nifty guitar work in Dragon Attack.
The first pic was taken by Martin de Jong. The third set was taken by Wiebe Veenstra (the third of which is of the opening act Bow Wow Wow), and the fourth was submitted by Sikke van der Veen. A pro pic can be found at http://www.spaarnestadphoto.nl (thanks to Raf Foubert for the link).
|Recording length:||87 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)|
|Lineage:||AUD > ? > CDR (x) > WAV (GoldWave pitch/speed correction)|
Flash (tape), The Hero, Tie Your Mother Down, Action This Day, Play The Game, Back Chat, Somebody To Love, Love Of My Life, Mustapha (intro), Save Me, Get Down Make Love, guitar solo, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack
Considering previous versions, this is probably pretty close to the master tape. There are some tape issues in Love Of My Life off in one channel.
For years many copies of this show circulated with the second encore from the first night. But there is a genuine complete alternate audience source from the second night in circulation.