City: Osaka, Japan
Venue: Castle Hall
Date: May 15, 1985

Setlist:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, improv / My Fairy King (part), 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, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, 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 last concert of the Works tour, and the band ensure this performance is a special one for their Japanese fans. It would turn out to be the final concert Queen would ever play in Japan, the place where the band first found much critical and commercial success.

Before Killer Queen, Freddie leads the band into the one-two punch of The March Of The Black Queen and My Fairy King as they had done last year in Sun City. This is the last time both songs would be referenced on stage.

Freddie's voice isn't quite as good as it was a week ago, although he does get a bit stronger as the show progresses. Despite not being able to hit the highest notes, his delivery of It's A Hard Life is perhaps the most emotional it would ever be - which may have been a reflection of his personal life at the time. This would be the last performance of the song.

Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Liar, Dragon Attack, the Brighton Rock finale, and Jailhouse Rock also wouldn't make it past the Magic Tour cutting room floor. Keep Yourself Alive would be dropped as well, but a couple short improvised versions would be heard in 1986, like in Munich.

Brian gives a heartfelt speech before Love Of My Life. "This is kind of a sad night in a way because it's not only the last night of the Japanese tour; it's the last night of the world tour, so this stuff will never be seen again. I'd just like to take this opportunity of saying that it's not just us four guys that go around the world. It's a complete team, and it's the best team in the world. I'd like to say thank you very much to the Queen crew and everybody who's worked with us. And to you."

The flange effect is heard on the acoustic guitar during Love Of My Life again tonight.

Like a couple nights ago, the band play a long version of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting." Freddie introduces it as "A song written by a well-known poofter; I'm sure you know what he's called."

Freddie throws a bit of Jerry Lee Lewis' Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On into Jailhouse Rock for the last night's sake.

The picture was taken by Dave Matkin.


Recording length: 102 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Queen's Last Stand 1985" LP

 
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, improv, 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, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This vinyl bootleg came out not long after the concert. It is a great-sounding audience recording of the complete show (only a bit of God Save The Queen is cut for a tape flip). This recording beautifully captures the atmosphere in the audience.


Recording length: 102 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Queen's Last Stand 1985" (ETS) silvers

 
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, improv, 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, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


The LP was released on CD in the late 90s with identical packaging.


Recording length: 108 minutes (2 CDR, complete)
Quality: A+/A
Source: Audience
Lineage: "The Last Concert In Japan" (Masterport)

     
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, improv, 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, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, 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 2003 bootleg is the first appearance of an alternate source in superb quality which is, in fact, quite possibly the best-sounding audience recording ever made of any band. It rivals and perhaps even defeats the infamous "Listen To This Eddie" recording of Led Zeppelin from 1977. It appears lossy in a freqency analysis, but it was probably a 32khz DAT transfer. It sounds squeaky clean, like no other. The microphones must have been stereo and placed right in front of the speakers, as the audience is barely heard.

About 95 minutes of the show are from this new source. There is a cut in Radio Ga Ga for a tape flip, and the recording ends part way through I Want To Break Free. The folks at Masterport did a fine job of patching in the LP source wherever necessary to complete the show. The cut in God Save The Queen is also filled in with a third audience source.

The portions of Ga Ga and Break Free on the alternate source after the tape flip don't sound quite as good as the rest of the show, but this isn't a reflection of the original tape, as these portions of the songs sound pristine on the Wardour version listed below.


Recording length: 109 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A / A+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Last Concert In Japan" (Wardour) silvers

   
Track listing:
Machines (tape), Tear It Up, Tie Your Mother Down, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, improv, 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, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Musically-speaking, this 2006 bootleg from Wardour is identical to the Masterport version. But in terms of the quality of the recording, this is a rare dud from Wardour, as most of the better audience source does not match up to the quality of the Masterport version.

Masterport is the superior version until the cut in Radio Ga Ga, and then it degrades and sounds like the bulk of the Wardour version. Conversely, from this point onward on the Wardour version, its quality improves to sound as good as the bulk of the Masterport version. An odd coincidence, to say the least. The LP source sounds identical on both versions, with only a slight difference in volume.

It is worth noting that Wardour has a few more seconds of the better source tape around the cuts.

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

An extra disc called "Rock In Rio Complete" was included, taken from the official Rio '85 VHS release (which is definitely not 'complete' as the title suggests).




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