City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Date: May 11, 1985

Presumed 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, impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, guitar solo, Brighton Rock (ending), Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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


   

Queen played a single night at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, despite some sources claiming this is the second of two consecutive nights at the venue.

The concert was filmed and later released, although only in Japan. It was also broadcast on Japanese radio numerous times. These releases and broadcasts have led to a plethora of bootlegs.

"Final Live In Japan" was first released on VHS in 1992, and there have since been laserdisc and pirate DVD releases. Unfortunately the audio mix is downright awful in many spots, as the keyboards are mixed way too high, while the guitar is often barely audible.

While Dragon Attack is missing from the video, it was broadcast on the radio. However, the radio broadcasts and videos alike never included Brian May's guitar solo or the Brighton Rock finale (and no audience recording of the concert has ever turned up).

A Japanese TV broadcast featured only half of the show (Machines, Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, It's A Hard Life, Is This The World We Created?, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen), some of which had alternate camera angles.

As for the show itself, it is a great one. Freddie delivers top notch versions of Keep Yourself Alive and Liar, and the band's improvisation before It's A Hard Life is phenomenal, with everyone firing on all cylinders. It's A Hard Life is a beautiful version, and Dragon Attack is perhaps the definitive live delivery of the song from Freddie (and Brian really lets it rip here).

Like in Rio earlier in the year, Freddie comes out for We Will Rock You with a British flag, then turns around to reveal the flag of Japan on the reverse.

The first and third pics were taken by Dave Matkin, and the second one was taken by Heather Young.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Absolutely Enthusiastic" LP

         
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 1990 vinyl bootleg was the first bootleg of this show.

This recording from a radio broadcast has a far better audio mix than the official video release. Dragon Attack is heard here (unlike the video), but it is missing the intro to Liar (the same cut as on the official Live In Rio release). As on all recordings of this show for broadcast or release, many segments between songs have been chopped off for continuity.

The last three scans are of later pressings released in 1991 and 1992 with the same front and back covers. The black vinyl is extremely rare.

A bootleg with the same title and artwork was released on CD in the late 90s, but it contains an incomplete recording of the Montreal '81 shows (taken from the first official DVD release) instead of Tokyo.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Blaze And Glory" LP

       
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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


These are overstock copies of Absolutely Enthusiastic. Each disc has its own insert, and a t-shirt is included. Ten copies exist.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Tournado In The Far East" LP

     
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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


These are some more overstock copies of Absolutely Enthusiastic. Fifty copies of each volume exist.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Rock In Japan" LP

   
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 1992 LP was a re-release of "Absolutely Enthusiastic". It is one of many bootlegs passed off as the Osaka show from 4 nights later, to lure buyers into getting what seemed to be a different show from the one that was just released on VHS. The presence of Dragon Attack (as this is from a radio broadcast, not the video which omitted that song) certainly helped their cause.

At least 5,000 copies were pressed, but they weren't available for long as they actually ended up in many European music stores.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Rock In Japan" LP

     
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 an advance copy of the Rock In Japan bootleg LP. About 25 copies were pressed, and are just about impossible to find.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Made In Heaven" LP

 
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 bootleggers replaced the labels and scratched out the matrix numbers on the Rock In Japan vinyl and made a different cover. Thanks for Andreas Voigts for the info.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Box Of Gimmicks" LP

                         
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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 gorgeous boxed set used overstock Rock In Japan LPs.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Rock In Japan" (Flashback) 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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 1992 release was the first CD bootleg of the show. The first 5,000 copies came in a fatboy case.

The running time doesn't include the bonus BBC 1977 tracks (with canned audience, as bootleggers consistently tried for years to pass these off as live tracks).

Like the "Rock In Japan" LPs, it was available at many European music stores.


Recording length: 86 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Rock In Japan" (Flashback) 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 [cut], impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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


Later copies of the "Rock In Japan" CDs were in a standard jewel case.


Recording length: 72 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Tokyo 1985" (Golden Stars) silver

   
Track listing:
Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Jailhouse Rock, We Are The Champions


This is another 1992 bootleg from a radio broadcast, missing a few songs.


Recording length: 72 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Tokyo 1985" (Live Storm) silver

 
Track listing:
Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Jailhouse Rock, We Are The Champions


Live Storm copied the Golden Stars bootleg, just like they did with the Cologne '79 show.


Recording length: 88 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Le Fleur Du Mal" (Works) 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, impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 from another radio broadcast, with the complete Liar. Even though it's more musically complete, this, too, is missing some speeches between songs, as is the nature of the world of radio.

There is brief tape stretch about two minutes into the improv before It's A Hard Life, and there are some speed issues during Is This The World We Created.

The bootleg packaging is very nice, and it even includes a 20-page booklet.



                                                                                                                                                     

Here are various bootlegs of this show (mostly from the 90s), taken from either the official Japanese laserdisc or radio broadcasts. Many of the bootlegs are disguised as other dates, and many are missing songs.

The 'Final Live In Japan' bootleg, using the DD/MM/YYYY format, may have lured buyers into believing it really was the last show in Japan, since a November date (inaccurate as it is) is later than May 15, the actual final concert in Japan.


Recording length: 93 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A+
Source: Radio
Lineage: Radio > Cassette (0) > ? > CDR (x) > 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, impromptu, It's A Hard Life, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Is This The World We Created?, Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Mustapha (intro), 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 pre-bootleg copy from radio includes some DJ chatter before and after the show. It is the best-sounding document of the show.




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