City: Hamburg, Germany
Venue: Ernst-Merck-Halle
Date: May 16, 1982

Setlist:
Flash (tape), The Hero, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, My Fairy King (part), Play The Game, Staying Power, Somebody To Love, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Save Me, Get Down Make Love, guitar solo, drum solo, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Spread Your Wings (part), Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


                                                                                                               

After playing the South American football stadiums last year, this venue with a capacity of about 6,000 probably felt like a gymnasium to the band (see the first picture).

Freddie plays a bit of My Fairy King in his piano intro to Play The Game - a very rare occurrence. After the song, he mentions how it's "like a Hamburg sauna." He then shouts, "Ok, we're gonna cool you down a bit!" as he pours some beer on the front rows. "You need that!"

Roger plays a brief drum solo before Under Pressure, and he would do it every night here on for the rest of the European/UK tour.

After the previous night's events, it's no coincidence that the band choose to play the more comfortable setlist containing only three Hot Space songs tonight. Freddie clearly hasn't forgotten. After Under Pressure, he says, "Ok, it's time we get really heavy now. I think we need to. Well, in the meantime, is everybody okay? You sure?" He rarely asked for confirmation like that. "Alright, we're gonna do a song about fat dirty ladies. You know what I'm talking about. You know, it's a Brian May composition. It's Fat Bottomed Girls."

He's feeling happy and confident enough to the point that he even improvises a bit of Spread Your Wings before Bohemian Rhapsody. Sure, he doesn't remember the piano chords or the words, but the members of Queen weren't the studio musician-types who could rhyme off any random musical passage on request. They were the kind of band that rehearsed virtually every note to perfection. Queen did exactly what Queen knew how to do and, with few exceptions, executed it flawlessly every night, with the occasional fun deviation like this Spread Your Wings reference. After he sings the first line (a key lower), "Sammy was low," the audience, in perfect tune and time, sing the next line, "Just watching the show." Amazing. He'd reference the song in concert only once more, later this year in Osaka.

At the end of the show, he says more than usual: "Thank you for being a brilliant audience tonight." And he adds (once again, probably comparing tonight to last night), "Rock and roll! Hot space, hot space. Everything."

These great pictures were taken by Charles Robinson from the front row. Pics 46 through 49 are great shots of John Deacon with his Telecaster during Staying Power, and pic 53 is a superb shot of Morgan Fisher at the piano during Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Pics 25 and 26 were taken during Brian's solo in We Will Rock You, and 27 through 29 are surely from We Are The Champions.


Recording length: 93 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > 1st Gen Cassette > ? > CDR (x) > WAV > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
Flash (tape), The Hero, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, My Fairy King (part), Play The Game, Staying Power, Somebody To Love, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Save Me [cut], Get Down Make Love [cut], guitar solo, drum solo, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Spread Your Wings (part), Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust [cut], We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Interesting how the tape runs for an additional three minutes after God Save The Queen. The playback speed jumps around a lot throughout the show.




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