City: Birmingham, UK
Venue: National Exhibition Centre (Arena C)
Date: August 31, 1984

Setlist:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, It's A Hard Life, Staying Power, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Stone Cold Crazy, Great King Rat, keyboard/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Hammer To Fall, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


                             
 

This is the first of three nights in Birmingham, perhaps the best all-around show of the European tour.

The first two reviews are of the first night, and the third one could be from any of the three nights: 1 2 3 4

The fourth link has two responses to the third review. The first person clearly misunderstood the reviewer, as the review stated that Queen *would be perfect if* the setlist contained only material from before 1976. The second response is pretty spot on, though.

A fan who attended one of the three Birmingham concerts recalls the announcer during the final minutes leading up to the show:

"The show will begin in 5 minutes"
"The show will begin in 4 minutes"
"The show will begin in 3 minutes"
"The show will begin in 2 minutes"
"The show will begin in 1 minute"

Then right at zero, the lights went out and the Machines intro started to play. What a way to build the intensity.

Freddie, clearly happy to be back on the road, after the opening numbers, says, "It's nice to be needed all these years!"

Brian plays a nice little progression before Now I'm Here, but Freddie, impatient as always, tells his guitarist, "Give me a fucking D," just so they can get the song going.

The keyboard and guitar solos are now played separately, which is how they will remain for the rest of the European tour. Spike Edney would usually reference Machines during his solo spot using a vocoder.

The lights go out during Hammer To Fall at one of these three shows. The song is now played earlier in the set (where it would remain for the rest of the Works tour), as the band feel that three new songs in a row is a bit much.

At the end of the show, Freddie says, "Good night, you wonderful people. You can come again any time!"

The second set of pictures was taken by Dave Matkin.

According to the July '89 issue of Record Collector, all 7 UK shows were properly recorded by the band. However, sources close to the band have since stated that this is not true.

This is amusing:




Recording length: 106 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, It's A Hard Life, Staying Power, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Stone Cold Crazy, Great King Rat, keyboard/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Hammer To Fall, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is a great but slightly distant recording labeled as being from the master tape, but it has been processed with hiss reduction.


Recording length: ?
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x)
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, It's A Hard Life, Staying Power, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Stone Cold Crazy, Great King Rat, keyboard/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Hammer To Fall, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


An inferior source exists.


Recording length: 6 CDR
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Finest Hour" (Uxbridge)

     
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, It's A Hard Life, Staying Power, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Stone Cold Crazy, Great King Rat, keyboard/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (ending), Hammer To Fall, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


A 6 CDR set containing all three nights in Birmingham was released by Uxbridge in early 2011.

This is the first time the first night has been bootlegged. They used the hiss-reduced version of the source 1 listed above.




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