Archive for March 16, 2006

Queen – Live At Wembley ’86 (1992)

Disc 1
1. One Vision
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. In The Lap Of The Gods
4. Seven Seas Of Rhye
5. Tear It Up
6. A Kind Of Magic
7. Under Pressue
8. Another One Bites The Dust
9. Who Wants To Live Forever
10. I Want To Break Free
11. Impromptu
12. Brighton Rock solo
13. Now I’m Here

Disc 2
1. Love Of My Life
2. Is This The World We Created
3. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care
4. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
5. Tutti Frutti
6. Gimme Some Lovin’
7. Bohemian Rhapsody
8. Hammer To Fall
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
10. Big Spender
11. Radio Ga Ga
12. We Will Rock You
13. Friends Will Be Friends
14. We Are The Champions
15. God Save The Queen

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One of my favorite bands is Queen. Growing up in the 1980s, I was probably the only Queen fan around. None of my friends listenedto the band unless the local radio played them. Even though I was deep into the NWOBHM & L.A. scene, bands like Queen were still important. They were legends, their music timeless. So when I got the opportunity to see the band with Paul Rodgers last week, it was a dream come true.

As I wrote previously, it was an excellent show, but something was missing. Obviously, that “something” was the late charismatic Freddie Mercury. The celebration of Queen’s music, and Freddie’s memory, was a wonderful experience that I haven’t recovered from yet: I have been playing Queen non-stop for a week! This 2 CD set, Live At Wembley ’86, was recorded at Queen’s tour ending stop at Wembley Stadium on the 1986 tour in support of A Kind Of Magic. Finally released in 1992 (and re-released in 2005 to accompany the DVD), this is Queen at their best live. Brian, John, and Roger laying down the wall of sound while Freddie displays his awesome vocal range, all the while whipping the sold-out crowd into a frenzy. Freddie is the quintessential frontman hands down as he takes the crowd on a ride I’m sure none have forgotten.

Unfortunately, this would be Queen’s swan song on the live circuit as Freddie’s health began to decline. This live document is one to behold and enjoy, forever carrying on the memory of what Queen was, and is, to many of us.