City: Newcastle, UK
Venue: St. James Park
Date: July 9, 1986

Setlist:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, guitar solo, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


                                                           

All 38,000 tickets for this show sold out in an hour, setting an attendance record in Newcastle at the time. The profits went to the local Save The Children fund.

Freddie, with a full hankerchief in his hand after Under Pressure: "Now that I've taken the snot out of my nose we can carry on."

After the rumour dispelling speech, he adds, "We're not bad for four tired old Queens, are we?"

Brian makes his entrance to I Want To Break Free a couple bars too early. While he plays the bit again in the expected place where the chord changes, Freddie says, "That's better."

Before Love Of My Life, Brian recalls 1979. "It's been a few years since we did Newcastle City Hall. It seems like yesterday." He acknowledges the audience for their enthusiasm. I'd just like to say you're a joy to play to. You're great."

There were quite a few kids from the Save The Children fund in the VIP seats (who got to meet the band after the show). After visiting some of the SCF activities in the area, Brian dedicated Is This The World We Created to them. "The proceeds of this concert are going to the Save The Children people." He acknowledges the kids in front of him, "For you, and to all the people who work for the Save The Children the whole year round."

Tonight the band reprise the last heavy verse and chorus of Tutti Frutti, something which they'd do at every remaining show on the tour.

After coming out for We Will Rock You with no flag at the Slane show a few days back, attached to Freddie tonight is a long white cape hanging around his neck, making him look nothing less than majestic as he runs around the stage before he starts singing. He'd do this again at the Wembley, Manchester, and Knebworth Park shows.

TV reports aired pro footage of One Vision and A Kind Of Magic, as well as a clip of Brian in Newcastle the previous day talking about the concert and charity fund. A reporter facetiously states how the police were "generally delighted with the crowd's behaviour, as only 27 arrests were made for public order offences."

Footage of the band leaving the stage and going through the corridor is seen in The Magic Years documentary (Brian is seen with his Children In Need shirt, confirming it to be from Newcastle).

This show was properly recorded by the band.

Most of the show was filmed from the audience, but it's a very distant video with no zoom.

Here is a retroactive review of the show.

Pics 6 through 30 were submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli. Pic 31 is from Fabio Minero.


Recording length: ?
Quality: ?
Source: ?
Lineage: "At St. James Park" LP


There is apparently a bootleg LP of this show, but little is known about it.


Recording length: 107 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > WAV > CDR (x)
Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, guitar solo, Now I'm Here [cut], Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is a great recording. The last minute or so of Now I'm Here is missing, but it's filled in with either an inferior source of this show or another show.


Recording length: 107 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "One Sweet Moment" (Wardour) silvers

     
Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, guitar solo, Now I'm Here [cut], Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Wardour bootlegged the audience tape listed above. They also included a DVD of the audience film in the package.

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




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