|Let's share some opinions here, I would like to know what other fans think...
- fav. tour : Jazz Tour '78-'79
I just love their live-sound and the way they played their Set from that period. After releasing two more "back to basics" Albums, their stage act become more raw and "to the point". Arena-Rock without too much glamour and pomp. Freddie's style changed also, it seems to me he doesn't only want to look dangerous with his Black leather, for me he sings some songs in a agressive way. Just compare "Sheer Heart Attack" or "Tie your Mother down" to later Tours. Brian's Brighton Rock Solo and the wonderfull Jam after that never sounded so great in my ears after this Tour.
And of course : The Pizza-Oven!
It's not their biggest Lighting Rig, but in my opinion their most effective! I remember watching the Live Killers Cover as a Kid, i didn't know how these Guys sound like, but they must be the coolest Band on the Planet with a Lighting Rig like this....
- worst: The Works Tour '84 -'85
Im not really into their 80's stuff (besides The Game!) but the Works Tour is just horrible. Roger's Drums sound too synthetic, just listen to his awfull drumming on "Another One Bites The Dust". Brians Guitar sound thin, with too much treble (like most Bands in 80's). They are only a few shows where Freddie's voice is in good shape. And the Synthie's in "Somebody to love"....(shakes with disgust...)
Too much Show elements, less musical quality.
(same goes for the Magic Tour, allthough they had a MUCH better Live Sound in '86)
I'm looking forward for your impressions!
|Well let me start by saying that I have had the privilege of witnessing them live on four separate occasions (1977, 78, 80 & 82) all were wonderful shows. My personal favorite was the show they preformed in December of 1978 at “The Fabulous Forum” in Los Angeles. They were in top form and the crowd was very into the show. I was only 16 at the time. I am also not a big fan of their 80’s stuff. Most of the songs from that era I consider weak, but I do enjoy the live renditions of them.|
|Best tour - ADATR = still raw with lots of old hits
Worst tour - The Works = just like stated above - Freddie's voice is horrible & Roger's drums sound like shit.
Hadrian wrote: Best tour - ADATR = still raw with lots of old hits Worst tour - The Works = just like stated above - Freddie's voice is horrible & Roger's drums sound like shit.But what a GREAT setlist did the works tour had! I love the works tour for that. Great, great setlist!
|I saw them (amongst other dates) six times during the Hot Space tour in '82, and though I hated the arrival of an additional keyboard player (Morgan Fisher was okay but worse was to come!) the beginning of each of those concerts with those U.F.O. type light troupers sent shivers down my spine each time - what a start to a magnificent show! Musically I preferred the 1980 shows I have to say.|
|Gr8 King Rat
|I think you've hit it right on the head Cygnus X-1....agree with you 100%|
radio_what's_new wrote: But what a GREAT setlist did the works tour had! I love the works tour for that. Great, great setlist!Great King Rat, Seven Seas of Rhye... What a pitty that i was 6 years old in '84! Even with their crappy sound, i would be at any Queen show if I had the opportunity.
|Feedback on the ones I saw...
Best -Crazy Tour '79 Best gig I have ever seen...what a band.
Worst - Works Wembley '84 - great setlist but Freddie not in good voice and keyboards too prominent....
Saw two shows on '86 Tour and much better (inc Knebworth) if only they'd got shot of Spike...
Band always sounded better indoors,,,,
It hurts me to say I think The Works is the worst - because there was a great setlist on that tour, really. But honestly - I listened to Birmingham or something from that tour and our man Freddie was reduced to MY range... you know this is a bad thing!!
Never liked the drum sound either. Some great ideas, but really not a great tour.
BEST tour, hmm??
I will always have a thing for '86, I suppose my favourite stuff is 78-81.
|My favourite has always been the News Of The World tour. I think that had the best setlist, some great performances (Houston, Copenhagen, Paris and Vienna) and I prefer the earlier live renditions of Rock You, Champions and Love Of My Life.
The worst tour is The Works 1984; excellent setlist on paper, but horrible synthesizers over classic tracks and Freddie's vocal condition have never endeared those shows to me.
|Best tour- I think 1980-1982 period was their best and the 1977 tour was great too.
Worst Tour- they don´t have a "bad tour" but Freddie´s voice was really bad in the "Jazz" tour. I used to think that the works was bad, but the Tokyo shows were trully amazing - Freddie´s voice was great. And their Rock in Rio concerts were great too!
|Best tour - Crazy Tour.
Worst tour - The Sun City thingy.
|Best - Jazz
Worst - Works
|Best - Crazy
Worst - Works
Worst tour - The Sun City thingy.Eh?! Just how many shows from that tour have you heard/seen?
|Best: Jazz and Hot Space
|Musically and soundwise
Worst: Works 84/85
Worst: ADATR Tour '77
Best: Hot Space '82
1984 - 1986
|anything from 85-86 and the one in 73-74|
|best: Hot Space, worst: Works|
|Best: A Day At The Races - tour
Worst: The Works - tour, but I like the live version of "It's a Hard Life" a lot!!
Brimon wrote: Best tour - Crazy Tour. Worst tour - The Sun City thingy.I'm still very interested to find out how many shows you've heard/seen from Sun City...
|None, my reason for putting it as my worst tour is because I believe they should never have played there.|
|i like the works tour
the stage set is the best that they ever had
Brimon wrote: None, my reason for putting it as my worst tour is because I believe they should never have played there.Oh, boy!
I am SO going to start a thread about this!
|Although I've yet to find a truly great performance from the Works Tour (though Osaka '85 is damn good), I refuse to put it as my least favorite, due simply to the incredible setlists. Easily the best setlists Queen ever worked with, I think.
My favorite tour overall has to be the Crazy Tour. Freddie's voice is at its peak, the band had worked out the early kinks in their performances and generally put out an excellent show each night, and the setlists were great as well. The same songs were played, generally speaking, but there was some variance to the order. I believe the band used four different opening numbers during the course of the Crazy Tour (Tie Your Mother Down, Let Me Entertain You, We Will Rock You, Jailhouse Rock), but I may be off by one.
My least favorite tour was the Magic Tour. Ironically, Wembley is one of my favorite Queen shows, but there are other reasons for that. The setlists were decent, and some of the early shows had great vocals from Freddie, but by the halfway mark, his voice was clearly worn out. The whole tour had a contrived, "greatest hits" feel to it.
|Hmm, they had so many great tours, hard to call which was the best, maybe just the Crazy tour in 79, on some nights his voice was utterly stunning.
Hot space was good with powerful and high vocals and I liked a day at the races tour a lot as well.
As for the worst, European works tour. I think its a good idea to seperate the two legs so to speak, because Freddie's voice did improve in the 85 leg, esp towards the last leg of the trip, say Sydney and also the Japan shows he really had improved vocally in that timeframe.
So I think that the worst tour was the works, but only the 84 part of the tour so to speak.
Followed by a tie-off between the 85 leg and the Magic tour, both were good BUT the other tours were great. The only critical thing i have to say is that by 78-early 79 Freddie's voice really seemed to quite often cut if he went for any high note, like it did in the 84 leg.
jaxjag03, have you listened to the Toyko shows, esp the 09-05-85 show?
The best show of the tour and maybe of the 84-86 period as well.
Agree about the set-list, really good, now only if he still had that amazing vocals from 82...
|ewww like lays potato chips you just cant choose one..this is hard!
saw them many many many times in the states
i cant honestly say what tour i thought was the best or worst--was just grateful to see them when i did
|I liked the Jazz tour, great setlist, manic energy and aggressive performances. The Works tour has to be worst; Fred's voice was awful, Roger's drums plastic-sounding and the keyboards took over too many of the songs. The Magic tour was a big improvement on '86 Fred's voice was in a much better shape; the barking sounded great especially on WWTL and TYMD. The performaces were strong, the sound was solid. The only gripe was the setlist. This would have been mine.
Modern Times Rock N Roll
Tie Your Mother Down
Somebody To Love (whole)
In The Lap of The Gods
Death On Two Legs
It's A Hard Life
Tear it Up
A Kind of Magic
Who Wants To Live Forever
Brigton Rock (song)
Now I'm Here
Love of My Life
Is This The World We Created
You Take My breath Away
Princes Of The Universe
Hammer To Fall
Crazy Little Thing...
Radio Ga Ga
We Wil Rock You
We Are The Champions
|on my way up
|My favourite tours are the european ADATR, the NOTW tour, the South-american tours from 1981 and the jazzperiod.
I enjoy shows from every period though and I wouldn't call the Works or magic tours bad.I've been listening to some Works tour shows from 1984 and I really enjoyed them. Stuttgart, Birmingham 8/31 , Leiden:fantastic shows with very enthusiastic audiences!
My favourite show is the Budokan show from 1985:that show is for me one of the ultimate Freddie live moments:so powerful,creative and entertaining to hear!
But of course freddie had many weak shows aswell with a very small range and the drumsound during AOBTD was awful aswell as the synths trying to be human voices!