Some quick recommendations for each tour leg/year:
* Golders Green
1974 (Queen II)
* Rainbow (March)
* New Orleans
1974 (Sheer Heart Attack)
* Liverpool (Quality is bad - but the performances are top notch)
1975 (Sheer Heart Attack)
* Tokyo (5/1)
* New York
* Tokyo (3/31)
* Tokyo (4/1)
* Edinburgh (Quality is poor - but it's a fantastic show)
* College Park
* New York
* New York (either night)
* The UK recordings aren't good quality (although 5/13 is OK), but great shows overall
* New York (either night)
* Montreal (Nice quality)
* Chicago (Great quality)
* Vancouver (Great quality)
* Oakland (one of the best shows on the tour)
1979 (Jazz/Live Killers)
* Barcelona (2nd night)
* Paris (Freddie sounds worn out - but the musicianship is amazing)
* Osaka (either night)
Saarbrucken 1979 is also a good show. Quality is distant but still listenable. It's the first show with Freddie's "new" live voice.
1979 (Crazy Tour)
* Newcastle (either night)
1980 (NA Game Tour)
* Oakland (Freddie's the man)
* New York (any of the three nights)
* Birmingham (2nd night)
* Wembley (1st night is the best)
* Brussels (2nd night is the best)
1981 (South America)
* Buenos Aires (3rd show)
* Sao Paulo (2nd night has awful quality - but the performances are first class)
All three Mexican 1981 shows are great as well. The first Puebla show has the rowdy audience - but the music/vocals are great. Montreal 1981 is also worth a listen.
* Brussels (2nd night)
* Leiden (1st night)
* Munich (Sound is terrible - performances are excellent)
* Milton Keynes
1982 (North America)
* New York (2nd night)
* East Rutherford
* Brussels (1st)
* Birmingham (first two shows)
* Milan (either night)
* Stuttgart (personally recommend this one)
Sun City is also great. It's very incomplete - but what we have is nice.
* Rio (Both nights have great atmospheres. Freddie is better on the first show - band tightness is better on the second show).
* Melbourne (4/20)
* Sydney (4/26)
* Tokyo (all three shows are good - 2nd night is probably the best one)
* Nagoya (very underrated)
* Live Aid (absolutely amazing)
* Leiden (amazing performances and atmospheres on all three shows)
* Wembley (1st night)
* Vienna (Either)
Whoa, nice list, Greg! I think that covers about everything......
The only other ones I could think of are the ADATR Seattle show (the one with the incomplete Thin Lizzy opening performance).......and Osaka 85 (if only for the My Fairy King/March of The Black Queen piano improv!)
Oh yeah......4-4-76 Tokyo..........incomplete but great quality.....
Chicago '80 is pretty good too.........
My personal favorites are 5-1-75 Tokyo and 78 Chicago btw........
I guess I would have to say the best ones are the ones I actually went to.
So for me if would be:
Summer '76 Tour:
18.9.76 Hyde Park (front)
Day Of The Races Tour:
7.6.77 Earls Court
WATC Video Shoot / Mini Concert::
6.10 77 New London Theatre
News Of The World Tour:
11.5.78 Empire Pool
10.12.79 The Brighton Centre
11.12.79 The Brighton Centre
13.12.79 The Lyceum Ballroom
14.12.79 Rainbow Theatre
17.12.79 Purley Tiffany
19.12.79 Tottenham Mayfair (Extreme front)
20.12.79 Lewisham Odeon
22.12.79 Alexandra Palace
26.12.79 Hammersmith Odeon
The Game Tour:
8.12.80 Wembley Arena
9.12.80 Wembley Arena
Hot Space Tour:
5.6.82 Milton Keynes Bowl
The Works Tour:
7.9.84 Wembley Arena
12.7.86 Wembley Stadium
9.8.86 Knebworth Park
^ He was is good voice at all the shows as far as I'm concerned.
Tottenham Mayfair was an extra special gig for me though, so that one has to be my favourite.
Such a tiny venue for them, and a regular local haunt of mine (it as demolished years ago)
I was about six feet away from the band, and it was LOUD .......as well as very SURREAL! link
Your stories are amazing. I would like you to write a book about your Queen memories :) I wonder how many shows were recorded and where are those recordings now. queenlive.ca tells us that there are recordings of few another shows from Crazy Tour. That would be amazing to listen.
I did ask the guy who worked below and backstage at the Mayfair if he had a recording, but sadly not.
There are also only a handful of pics from that night in circulation.
Here's one from Bob's site: link