City: New York, NY, USA
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Date: July 27, 1982

Setlist:
Flash (tape), Rock It, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Staying Power, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Save Me, Calling All Girls, Get Down Make Love, guitar solo, Body Language, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody To Love (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen



 

The wear and tear on Freddie's voice is starting to show after three months of touring, making Staying Power, a very demanding song, difficult to sing when he's not in top form. He sings the rest of the show well though, particularly Save Me. The 1982 version of the song (with the guitar entering at the first chorus instead of the second, like in 1979-81) works well on this North American tour, as Queen's sound hasn't been this heavy since 1974.

Freddie introduces his drummer as "Roger Chizzler" before Calling All Girls, a pretty direct reference to the off-stage excess of this tour. He and Roger especially lived it up, to say the least.

Before Fat Bottomed Girls, Brian plays along as Freddie does a vocal exchange with the audience, giving it a nice, almost soothing effect.

Even though his voice isn't as strong as it was in Europe, Freddie gives his all in this rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, before which he beautifully performs the Somebody To Love intro like he did in Leiden a few months back.

Here is a review of the show from the July 30 New York Times.

The pictures could be from either night at the Garden. The t-shirt seen above was available for purchase at the concession stands. The concert picture, taken by Chris Ard, could be from either night.


Recording length: 93 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > 1st Gen Cassette > Standalone CDR (1)
Track listing:
Flash (tape), Rock It, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Staying Power, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Save Me, Calling All Girls, Get Down Make Love, guitar solo [cut], Body Language [cut], Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody To Love (intro), Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


The taper repositioned his gear after Tie Your Mother Down, so the quality improves a bit for the encores.




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