City: New York, NY, USA
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Date: July 28, 1982

Setlist:
Flash (tape), Rock It, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is one of Queen's best-ever US shows. The second night at the Garden would turn out to be their last show at the famed venue.

Freddie Mercury is a man possessed tonight, turning in without a doubt the greatest version of Somebody To Love ever performed on this side of the Atlantic. Before launching into the familiar piano theme after his usual drawn out and emotional "Can you find me somebody to love" adlibs, he asks rhetorically, "Do you get the message, huh?" - probably a reflection of his personal life. He then does a brief vocal exchange with the audience as part of the vocal solo towards the end of the song, reflecting nothing but true passion for what the song means to him. Brian also adds many little nuances to the song, as he's clearly happy to have it return to the set.

Before Save Me, Freddie tells the audience, "Coming to New York City is a real treat for us. It's been a while, too." He adds how New York is "filled with dirty people that wanna trash all night," yet another reference to this tour's excess (which was never greater than it was on this tour). He then asks them if they're "loaded gnomes" (which really doesn't need to explained, does it?). He gets no reaction and adds, "Well, you like rock and roll, anyway." Brian then starts playing the piano as he probably wants to just get on with it.

Before Calling All Girls, referring to how it's Roger Taylor's first Queen single release (he has already had a few as a solo artist by this point), Freddie goes out of his way to say, "We don't normally give him a chance to release a single." Tonight he even dedicates Fat Bottomed Girls to prostitutes. Comments like these perhaps added to the already-present tensions within the band around this time.

Brian May plays the riff of the Troggs' classic "Wild Thing" a couple times before Mercury comes in for the first verse of We Will Rock You.

At the end of the show, he shouts, "Good night, you motherfuckers! You're beautiful people, thank you."

According to an early tour itinerary, a third night on July 29 was intended, but ticket sales must not have been high enough to necessitate it. That said, while their audiences in some cities may have been dwindling in 1982, both shows at MSG were sold out.


Recording length: 95 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Flash (tape), Rock It, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is a great recording of Queen's last ever show at the Garden.


Recording length: 2 CDR, complete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Crazy For The Madison" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
Flash (tape), Rock It, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


I haven't heard the Breakdown bootleg to compare.


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Loaded Gnomes" (Godfather) silvers

   
Track listing:
Flash (tape), Rock It, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, 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, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Godfather released an attractive-looking boxed set in September 2011 called "Love For An Hour Is Love Forever" containing three shows from this tour. Discs 5 and 6 are the same tape from the second night in New York, just EQ'd a bit.




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