What can I say about Queen that I haven’t said before? How about, listening to Queen live in 1976, then in the 1982 and finally in 1986 is like listening to 3 different bands.
One thing that Queen fans always enjoyed that fans of other major bands don’t is the wide variety of music Queen put out. My point in saying this is that if you were fortunate enough to hear Queen’s performance at the Hammersmith Odeon (Christmas Concert), and then listen to Live at Wembley Stadium and finally On Fire at the Bowl, you would hear 3 totally different sounding concerts. This was one of the many strengths of Queen that separated them from most of the top bands of our era. Not only did Queen have an extensive catalogue to choose from for their live shows, they were very good at performing their songs differently from show to show.
Queen On Fire At The Bowl was recorded live at The Milton Keynes Bowl on June 5, 1982. Appropriately titled, this recording captures Queen at their very best, performing their biggest hits, Somebody To Love, Another One Bites The Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Love of My Life, We Will Rock You, and We Are The Champions, as well as many concert favorites such as We Will Rock You (fast version), Now I’m Here, Dragon Attack, Tie Your Mother Down, Save Me, Sheer Heart Attack, Fat Bottom Girls, Get Down Make Love and of course the then newest songs from Hot Space,, Back Chat, Under Pressure, Staying Power, and Action This Day. Interestingly, Queen chose 2 songs from their soundtrack “Flash” to get the show started, Flash and The Hero which turned out to be great choices.
The show opened with the thumping beat of Flash with the audience clapping along with every beat (what a way to get the adrenalin flowing). Soon afterwards the band apparently appears on stage and rips through a hard edge version of Hero. From this point on, the band relentlessy pounds out a string of their greatest hits.
For those who never seen or heard Queen in concert, you are in for a major treat. One of the biggest strength of Queen is their ability to perform live and command an audience.
Though I haven’t seen this concert yet, by listening to it, it is evident that the energy of the band and the audience can safely be compared to the performance at the, soon to be released, Live Aid concert.
The audience participation in this concert is something really special. Listening to the audience sing along to one of the most loved songs of the Queen catalog “Love of My Life” sent shivers down my spine. Freddie also plays a little vocal sing along game with the audience that was as impressive as the sing along he did with the Wembley audience.
Overall this concert was filled with a lot of great songs, lots of energy from both the band and the audience, and of course a great performance by arguably the greatest live band of our time.
To anyone who enjoys great concerts, and never had the opportunity to hear Freddie at his best, this is a must.
Hollywood records pulled another gem from the vast treasure chest of Queen performances.
Next up, Queen On Fire At The Bowl on DVD November 16, 2004!!!!!!!