Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl

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Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl
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Live album by Queen
Released 25 October 2004 (Europe)
9 November 2004 (US)
Recorded 5 June 1982 in Milton Keynes
Genre Rock
Length 101:58
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (US)
Producer Brian May, Roger Taylor, Justin Shirley-Smith
Queen chronology
At the Beeb
(1995)At the Beeb1995
Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl
(2004)
Queen Rock Montreal
(2007)Queen Rock Montreal2007
Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl
Directed by Gavin Taylor
Produced by Jeff Brown
Malcolm Gerrie
Simon Lupton
Brian May
Roger Taylor
Rhys Thomas
Andrea Wonfor
Starring Freddie Mercury
Brian May
Roger Taylor
John Deacon
Morgan Fisher
Fred Mandel
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
170 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
BBC(Positive)[1]
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl is a double compact disc live album by the English rock band Queen released on the 25th October 2004 in Europe and on 9 November 2004 in the US.

It was recorded live at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, on 5 June 1982 during the Hot Space Tour. A DVD was also released with the concert and bonus material, such as band interviews and tour highlights.

In 2005, the album was also released as an LP, like every Queen album.

In the UK the CD made No. 20 and DVD No. 1 in the album and DVD chart respectively. In the US, neither the album nor the DVD charted.

Notes[edit]

During the show, lead guitarist Brian May had a few minor problems with his homemade Red Special guitar. During both the fast version of "We Will Rock You" and "Dragon Attack", two of the strings broke and he had to change to his Birch Red Special backup for most of "Action This Day" and for the entire second half of "Dragon Attack" and the entire duration of "Now I'm Here (Reprise)".

Before playing "Love of My Life", May played a snippet of the intro to "Las Palabras de Amor" calling it "a little fiddle around".

During May's guitar solo, the lead on his guitar disconnected and May's guitar solo stopped for 20 seconds (the full 20 seconds can be found on the DVD but the album version of the performance contains only 3 seconds). A roadie helped May to get his guitar working again.

Drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon performed impromptu solos during "Dragon Attack" and before "Under Pressure," respectively when May switched guitars during "Dragon Attack" and was getting his guitar fixed following his solo.

During "Fat Bottomed Girls", Freddie Mercury's voice very briefly slipped into an off-key falsetto during the lyric "in this locality" (the original error could be heard on the original BBC TV, Channel 4, MTV, an audience recording, and radio broadcasts of the Milton Keynes show) but the error was fixed for the release of the CD and DVD.

During the first verse of "Fat Bottomed Girls," instead of singing the original line "you made a bad boy out of me," Mercury sang "you made an asshole out of me."

Mercury performed without his trademark bottomless microphone stand for "The Hero" (shown on the Live in Japan bonus footage on DVD), "We Will Rock You (Fast)" and "Now I'm Here". This allowed Mercury to more freely scale and walk along the raised wings on either side of the stage.

Due to censorship laws the Hong Kong & China release of the CD removed "Get Down, Make Love" and "Fat Bottomed Girls"

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Flash" (May) – 1:54
  2. "The Hero" (May) – 1:44
  3. "We Will Rock You" (Fast) (May) – 3:17
  4. "Action This Day" (Taylor) – 4:52
  5. "Play the Game" (Mercury) – 4:30
  6. "Staying Power" (Mercury) – 4:03
  7. "Somebody to Love" (Mercury) – 7:53
  8. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 6:18
  9. "Dragon Attack" (May) – 4:16
  10. "Now I'm Here" (Reprise) (May) – 2:21
  11. "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:22
  12. "Save Me" (May) – 4:00
  13. "Back Chat" (Deacon) – 5:00

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Get Down, Make Love" (Mercury) (not included on the China or Hong Kong release) – 3:39
  2. "Brighton Rock Guitar Solo " (May) – 6:22
  3. "Under Pressure" (Queen/Bowie) – 3:47
  4. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (May) (not included on the China or Hong Kong release) – 5:25
  5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 4:15
  6. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:38
  7. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 4:09
  8. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) – 3:49
  9. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:25
  10. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:08
  11. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:28
  12. "God Save the Queen" (Trad. arr. May) – 1:24

DVD bonus material[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, piano, acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
  • Brian May – guitars, vocals, piano on "Save Me"
  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, vocals, co-lead vocals on verses of "Action This Day", and co-lead vocals on "Sheer Heart Attack"
  • John Deacon – bass guitar, rhythm guitar on "Staying Power", additional backing vocals on "Somebody to Love" and "Back Chat"
  • Morgan Fisher – keyboards, piano
  • Justin Shirley-Smith – mix producer
  • Kris Fredriksson – pro tools hd
  • Reinhold Mack – recording engineer
  • Mick McKenna – second recording engineer
  • Tim Young – Mastering
  • Richard Gray – artwork
  • Denis O'Regan – photography

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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