The Works Tour

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The Works Tour
World tour by Queen
Associated albumThe Works
Start dateAugust 24, 1984
End dateMay 15, 1985
Legs5
No. of shows23 in Europe
9 in Africa
2 in South America
9 in Oceania
5 in Asia
48 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 the hospital.

Sun City Controversy[edit]

Queen scheduled 12 performances in Bophuthatswana, South Africa, at the Sun City Super Bowl in October 1984.[3] This was during the apartheid era in South Africa so Queen performed to multiracial audiences.[3] even though the United Nations requested entertainers to boycott the country and the Britain’s Musicians’ Union banned any of its members from performing in Sun City.[3] Queen played anyway, despite the controversy, though several shows were cancelled after Mercury’s voice gave out after three days live performances. the Italic textshow was extended to a third weekend[3]

Setlists[edit]

Europe
South Africa
Rock In Rio
Oceania
Japan

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
24 August 1984 Brussels Belgium Forest National
24 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 Westfalenhallen
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 Hanover 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
Africa
5 October 1984 Sun City Bophuthatswana Sun City Super Bowl
6 October 1984
7 October 1984
12 October 1984
13 October 1984
14 October 1984
18 October 1984
19 October 1984
20 October 1984
Rock In Rio
12 January 1985 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Cicade do Rock
19 January 1985
Oceania
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
Asia
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-jō Hall

Tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c d "Queen’s Tragic Rhapsody". Gilmore, Mikal. Rolling Stone. July 7, 2014.

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