City: Milan, Italy
Venue: Sportspalace
Date: September 15, 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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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


   

Freddie sounds great tonight as he did last night, and he even gives the intro to It's A Hard Life a go. He nails the first note, but struggles a bit on "freedom".

The audience chant for Mustapha again tonight, and Freddie sings the intro. "That's all they're gonna fuckin' get," he says afterward. Brian then plays a few riffs that resemble Freddie's piano part, before Roger launches the band into Dragon Attack. The Mustapha intro would become a regular thing on the Works tour, like it was in 1979.

Before the big fanfare at the end of Now I'm Here, Freddie shouts, "Sock it to them, Roger!"

During the day, Brian learns a few words of Italian and speaks to the audience in their native tongue during the acoustic part of the evening. The gesture is much appreciated. During Love Of My Life, he plays a beautiful version of Brahms' Lullaby like he did in London last week.

The Sportspalace is far from full on both nights, making it an easy decision for Queen to skip out on Italy for the Magic tour in 1986.

Here is a review of the shows (in Italian), submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli.

The second pic was submitted by Fabio Tosti.


Recording length: 44 minutes (1 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Elizabeth II" LP

       
Track listing:
Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This bootleg LP (mislabelled as the September 14 show) came out not long after the concert. It seems it was assembled to be a "greatest hits live" type of recording.

The black vinyl is a test pressing that is almost impossible to find. There are around 100 copies of the red vinyl, and about 500 of the green (with no label). The green vinyl has more crackling in the sound.


Recording length: ?
Quality: A-
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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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 uncut tape of the alternate source used for the LP. There is some tape hiss as it's probably a couple generations from the master.

There is a cut after Now I'm Here for a tape flip, but a mere few seconds earlier than the second audience source, so Brian's few words in Italian are uncut here.


Recording length: 76 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "We Will Love You" (SKCD) 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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love


This second audience source is another great quality recording from Milan, first emerging on this bootleg CD in 1992.

The date on the CD cover has led to much confusion over the years. Disc 1 and Crazy Little Thing Called Love are from September 15. The rest of disc 2 is from September 14 (hence the given running time of only 76 minutes), except for the TV-sourced Live Aid material tagged onto the end.

About 30 seconds into Under Pressure, a young woman in the audience asks in Italian, "Where's David Bowie?"


Recording length: ?
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Live In Milano 1984 Part 1" (INP)

       
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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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 1994 bootleg is a straight rip-off of We Will Love You, in worse quality. Discs 1 and 2 were released separately in Italy and Japan.


Recording length: ?
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Live In Milano 1984 Part 2" (INP)


     
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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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 disc 2, with the same story as above.


Recording length: 106 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > 1st Gen Cassette > WAV > FLAC level 8
transfer: TDK-D (normal) cassettes > TECHNICS cassette deck > PHILIPS cd recorder > PC (CD WAVE)
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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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


The uncut pre-silver tape of the second audience source emerged in mid-2008. It's a first gen copy, so it has a bit of tape hiss. The first tape runs out after Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and the new tape is damaged for the first few minutes, leaving most of Bohemian Rhapsody in tatters with a flanging effect beyond repair.

Freddie's speech introducing Spike Edney is cut for the tape change; along with the Bohemian Rhapsody tape flaws, this explains why the first night was used on the We Will Love You bootleg from this point onward. Brian's brief speech before Is This The World We Created is cut for a tape flip as well (a longer cut than on the first source).


Recording length: 103 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Especially Milan" (Wardour) 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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

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, Mustapha (intro), 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), Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, 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


Wardour released a 4-disc bootleg in December 2008 containing both Milan shows.

For the second night, they have created a complete recording by using all available tape in the best possible quality. Like the first two discs, they applied a bit of hiss reduction. They used the LP source for Bohemian Rhapsody, and removed all the vinyl ticks in the sound. All these careful edits make this undoubtedly the definitive copy of the show.

Here's a link to the always-reliable GS review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com




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