City: London, UK
Venue: Wembley Arena
Date: September 4, 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, Not Fade Away, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


     
                               

This is the first of four shows at Wembley Arena. Although the July '89 issue of Record Collector magazine claims the shows were properly recorded, sources close to the band have since denied this.

At the point of the show where he dispels the rumours about the band breaking up, Freddie says, "If you want us to be here, we'll be here every night. Otherwise forget it."

Just before the big vocal intro to It's A Hard Life, tonight Freddie says, "I'm gonna try the fucking thing." He hits the initial high notes, but he's clearly starting to struggle with it now.

Brian says a few words before the acoustic portion of the evening. "It's very nice to be back. We spend a lot of our time going all around the world, to all the four corners of this strange place that we live in, and when we come back here it's... feels something special. I don't know what it is. It's home. We're kind of more exposed and naked than anywhere else. I don't know what it is, but it's great. So this is something to listen to if you wanna cool down for a sec." He then plays the intro to Is This The World We Created.

After the audience sing the second verse of Love Of My Life on their own, Freddie happily says, "Wunderbar!" Tonight for the first time he sings "I still fucking love you" before the guitar break, something which he'd do pretty often from this point onward. He adds, "You better believe it."

Most of the lights go out at some point during the guitar solo. After the Brighton Rock bit, Freddie inquires, "Something happen to our lights or something? Are the lights okay?" He then addresses the audience. "These million-dollar lights are fucked up! The honest truth, can you believe it, we pay all this million pounds, or whatever you read about, for the lights, and there's one plug that works the whole damn thing. And that's got a fuse or something." The show must go on, and the band have to make due with what few lights still work. "Well, we have three more here, and three over there, so... okay, we have Hammer To Fall!"

Before Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Freddie performs a short improvised version of The Crickets' "Not Fade Away", like he did in Stockholm '82, but this time Roger adds some nice drum fills between lines. The last line is, "I'm gonna get you, I don't know the words."

Before launching into Crazy, he asks his long-standing head of the crew, "Did you tune this guitar, Ratty?" He jokingly adds, "Or I'll kill you!"

The band really let it rip in Jailhouse Rock. It's surely one of the strongest, rocking versions of the song they ever played. Brian does some nice Jeff Beck-like whammy bar work in his solo.

The four pictures from this show were taken by Yvonne Lindenhof and submitted by Ducksoup. The second set of pictures could be from any of the four nights at Wembley Arena. The first five were taken by Martin de Jong. Pics 11-13 were submitted to Queenconcerts.com by David Webb (but are not from the second night as specified).

More pictures from this show can be found at http://www.repfoto.com. You have to register as a user.

This reviewer clearly doesn't think too much of Queen overall, and even mentions the allegations of Freddie's coke habit: http://www.queencuttings.com


Recording length: 106 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Not Fade Away" (Gypsy Eye) silvers

   
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, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This bootleg has digital clicks all over the place and the usual Gypsy Eye crackling sound. The tape itself is very good, as it was recorded very close to the stage, although a bit distorted in a few places.


Recording length: 30 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > ? > CDR (x) > WAV (EQ) > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
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


This is the same source that was bootlegged by Gypsy Eye, but just a portion of the show. It came on a 2 CDR set allegedly from the September 8 show entirely, but these tracks are from the first night.


Recording length: 104 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > ? > CDR (0) > WAV > FLAC level 8
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 [cut], 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 [cut], Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This second source is one of the better recordings of the tour. It's very well-balanced, and nearly the complete show.

Now I'm Here has a very small cut for a tape flip (and the last minute of the song after the cut has a bit of tape damage), and the first minute of I Want To Break Free is missing. Aside from a bit of tape warble in the last couple tracks, the sound is otherwise great and stable.




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