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Queen really are ON FIRE!!!
on 29 August 2016
They called this DVD Queen On Fire and they certainly named it correctly! WOW! I love it! This two DVD set comprises the complete concert from the Milton Keynes Bowl in 1982 and excellent bonus features. Everything is official and Brian May and Roger Taylor were the executive producers. This concert was part of Queen's Hot Space Tour in 1982 and was recorded live on Saturday 5th of June in front of a capacity crowd of 65,000.
The concert itself is an absolute joy to watch. There is the option to watch the concert in 5:1 surround sound too.Queen certainly make an entrance at the beginning of this concert. It only adds to the excitement! Freddie is very definitely on fire and enjoying himself throughout. He is 35 and fit and lithe. Freddie's antics certainly make me smile and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments too! The set list is excellent and it is a pleasure to watch these songs being performed live on stage, particularly as this tour is the last time songs such as Save Me and Action This Day were on the set list. There are almost too many excellent moments to give highlights but for me this was one of the best renditions of Somebody to Love I have ever seen or heard and when they play Love of my Life it truly is a magic moment. I also love it when Freddie plays with the crowd. The best singing lesson in the world!
Brian May is stunning on the guitar and I love his solo in the middle. It's approximately 5 minutes long and is notable for the fact that his guitar cuts out and a crew member has to quickly fix it for him. The roar from the crowd when he gets it going again is priceless and then he really attacks it afterwards! Queen anoraks (I have been described as one!) will appreciate the fact that this has been left in and not edited out. I do appreciate this as it adds to the true live experience and everything didn't always go smoothly. Roger also gets a drum solo which he takes on with typical rock star gusto!
The concert is well-lit from Queen's excellent lighting rig and the cameras do zoom in on the individual band members and not just Freddie which I think is very nice. The camera angles are not as extensive as at Wembley but this 1982 and I don't think it takes anything away from the overall performance. Perhaps, if you were being picky, it may not feel as though you are actually there like Wembley but this doesn't matter.
A comment was once made that this concert is better than Wembley. In some respects (but not all) I would be inclined to agree. Freddie is fitter and has more energy in 1982 and this is obvious due to his exuberant antics on stage. He is also able to hit the high notes with ease, whereas he struggles to reach them at times during the Wembley concerts due to years of wear and tear and smoking. In my opinion however it is all very marginal, it makes no difference whatsoever to the quality of both Wembley performances and is barely noticeable.
The concert is just over two hours long.
The second disc features rare interviews with Freddie, Brian and Roger, tour highlights and a photo gallery of rare and previously unseen photos. All of this is excellent. In 1982 Queen were celebrating their 10th anniversary and Freddie was contemplating whether they would last another 10 years. Unfortunately, this didn't quite happen in the original form.
However Queen is still very much alive Freddie- 45 years and counting!!