𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘕𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘉𝘶𝘥𝘰𝘬𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘛𝘰𝘬𝘺𝘰, 𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 1981.
Need Your Loving Tonight returns to the setlist at the expense of Fat Bottomed Girls. It would usually alternate nights with Rock It throughout the year.
It seems that an audience member jumps onto the stage just before Save Me, as Freddie shouts “Get him off!” a couple times.
This is the first performance of Vultan’s Theme as part of the now-extended Flash Gordon medley. The song would only be heard live tonight and at the next three shows. Freddie plays the synth part.
Roger joins Brian at the tail end of his guitar solo tonight, giving it a similar effect to what was heard back on the Jazz tour. It would be like this through 1982.
After Flash, Roger leads the band into The Hero, but Brian plays his part from Battle Theme again (which he clearly loves playing). About twenty seconds in, Freddie finally asks, “When am I singing?”
Freddie sounds excellent in this version of Bohemian Rhapsody, showing no fear with his note sustain at the end of the second verse. It is a definite sign of how much his voice has developed in the last few years. He’s generally in top form at this show, even if these are essentially warm-up dates.
The pictures were taken by Koh Hasebe, The colour aftershow party pics were also snapped by Koh Hasebe. Gary Numan is seen in a couple of the party pics. He explains:
“I once went to Japan with the band Japan – I was meant to be doing a guest thing with them – and they blew me out and they didn’t have the guts to tell me. I went all the way to fucking Japan, yeah, and they’d fucking legged it! I found myself in Tokyo on my own. Japan had fucked off and had left me behind – wankers! – and I noticed that Queen were playing at the Budokan. So I went to the gig and I didn’t try to get in on the guest list; I went and bought a ticket. I was in the crowd and some security man and came and got me [Roger Taylor had recognized him], ’cause I was quite famous in Japan at the time, and he said, ‘You really don’t want to be sitting out here; come backstage’ because everyone was standing up and I didn’t realise it was because of me! I was in the crowd at it was causing quite a bit of fuss. So they came and got me and took me backstage and introduced me to the band and they were really lovely and sort of took me under their wing. We went out afterwards and they took me for sushi and I don’t like that food. So Freddie Mercury says to me, ‘Are you alright, luvvie?’ and I said, ‘I don’t really like the food but I’m just happy to be here and I’m alright’ so he went and got his limo driver and sent him up to McDonalds up the road and paid the restaurant owner some yen so I could sit in his restaurant with a Big Mac! And Freddie was just lovely. He was the loveliest man and when I met him after that he was always super-friendly. They all were. They looked after me like a little lost lamb.”
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