The Works Tour

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The Works Tour
World tour by Queen
Associated album The Works
Start date 24 August 1984
End date 15 May 1985
Legs 5
No. of shows 26 in Europe
7 in Africa
2 in South America
9 in Oceania
5 in Asia
46 in Total
Queen concert chronology

The Works Tour was a concert tour by the British rock band Queen. During the tour, Queen participated in the Rock in Rio festival in 1985; the concert was released on VHS. The band released a DVD from a concert in Tokyo titled We Are the Champions: Final Live in Japan, but the name of the concert was incorrect as the band performed 2 further concerts after Tokyo in Nagoya and Osaka.

Stage design[edit]

The stage design was based on a scene from Fritz Lang's Metropolis with huge rotating cog-wheels at the rear of the stage and a brightly lit cityscape.[1] Due to a prior ligament damage in his knee, it was somewhat of a challenge for Mercury to navigate the complex set of multiple levels and stairs. Eventually, in Hanover, Mercury fell down the stairs during the performance of "Hammer to Fall".[2] He was only able to play "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You", and "We Are the Champions" afterwards, shortening the concert somewhat. Due to Mercury's injury, May played the first bars of "We Will Rock You" out of anxiety in order to get Mercury to hospital.


Queen performing during the Works Tour

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
24 August 1984 Brussels Belgium Forest National
28 August 1984 Dublin Ireland RDS Simmonscourt
29 August 1984
31 August 1984 Birmingham England National Exhibition Centre
1 September 1984
2 September 1984
4 September 1984 London Wembley Arena
5 September 1984
7 September 1984
8 September 1984
10 September 1984 Dortmund West Germany Westfalenhalle
14 September 1984 Milan Italy Palasport di San Siro
15 September 1984
16 September 1984 Munich West Germany Olympiahalle
18 September 1984 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
20 September 1984 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
21 September 1984 Brussels Belgium Forest National
22 September 1984 Hannover West Germany Europahalle
24 September 1984 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
26 September 1984 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
27 September 1984 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
29 September 1984 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
30 September 1984
5 October 1984 Bophuthatswana South Africa Sun City Super Bowl
6 October 1984
13 October 1984
14 October 1984
18 October 1984
19 October 1984
20 October 1984
South America
11 January 1985[A] Rio de Janeiro Brazil Cidade do Rock
18 January 1985[A]
13 April 1985 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium
16 April 1985 Melbourne Australia Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre
17 April 1985
19 April 1985
20 April 1985
25 April 1985 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
26 April 1985
28 April 1985
29 April 1985
8 May 1985 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
9 May 1985
11 May 1985 Yoyogi National Gymnasium
13 May 1985 Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
15 May 1985 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was part of "Rock in Rio"
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
11 September 1984 Westfallenhalle Dortmund Rescheduled to 10 September 1984.
12 September 1984 Verona Arena Verona Cancelled.
19 September 1984 Groenoordhallen Leiden Cancelled.
7 October 1984 Sun City Super Bowl Bophuthatswana Cancelled after four songs due to Mercury losing his voice.
9 October 1984 Sun City Super Bowl Bophuthatswana Cancelled.
12 October 1984 Sun City Super Bowl Bophuthatswana Cancelled.
11 April 1985 Hawkes Bay Winery Hawkes Bay Cancelled.
14 April 1985 Queen Elizabeth II Park Christchurch Cancelled.

Tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:


  • On 7 October in Sun City, the concert came to an end early after Mercury lost his voice and left in tears after the third song in the set "Under Pressure".[3]
  • Queen performed for a total of 600,000 people in the two Rio de Janeiro's Rock in Rio Music Festival concerts (300,000 per show)[4]
  • In Hannover, after the end of Hammer to Fall, Mercury fell and injured his leg. This can be seen on the bootleg cover "Hannover is Dangerous". Mercury was helped to the piano to continue the concert by his assistant, however the set was shortened because he suffered from the pain to his leg.


  1. ^ Bell, Mike (8 September 1984). "Body but no soul". The Times. 
  2. ^ Freestone, Peter; David Evans (2001). Freddie Mercury: An intimate memoir by the man who knew him best. Omnibus Press. pp. 65–66. ISBN 0-7119-8674-6. 
  3. ^ "Queen concertography: The Works 1984". Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Morse, Steve (25 May 1989). "Abundant Offerings". Boston Globe. 

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