Live At The Bowl
Hot Space Tour 82
New Live DVD CD from Queen
EMI/Parlophone. Release 25 October 2004
We hadn't seen the footage for years, but when we looked at it we couldn't believe how good it was, we were on fire. Roger Taylor talking about the band's 1982 concert at M K Bowl which is released in its full version for the first time on DVD and CD, October 25.
Says Brian May: This is the first time the Milton Keynes night has been shown in its entirety, and I have to say we all get a kick out of it all the more amazing because we came off stage that night thinking we hadn't done ourselves justice!!! I'm proud to say It Rocks!!.
By 1982 Queen were at a peak in terms of touring and recording. They were coming off the back of two of their biggest singles Another One Bites The Dust and Under Pressure and by now they were playing more than 60 sell-out concerts a year in the biggest stadiums of the world.
They were also basking in the glory of having been the first foreign band to have toured and conquered Latin America . 1981 had seen the band play football stadiums throughout Argentina and Brazil , including two sell-out concerts at Sao Paulo 's historic Morumbi Stadium.
Such was the demand on the band to play arenas and stadiums throughout the world that they managed to play only 4 dates in the UK between
1981 1983. The M K Bowl concert was one of these and the closest they came to playing London in these 3 years. The date was originally to have been played at Arsenal football ground, but when permission was turned down, the date was switched to the M K Bowl.
It is little wonder then that by the time they reached the gig in June 1982 that the Queen touring machine was in prime condition. We just stormed through that concert, says Taylor . I'd forgotten just how tight the band was by then.
Queen On Fire Live At The Bowl is Queen at its electric best, with the band charging through 25 numbers drawn from the biggest hits and
best loved live songs Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, and two versions of We Will Rock You, including the much sought after fast' version, altogether 110 minutes of live classics.
Filmed by Gavin Taylor, and only ever seen in an edited version on Channel 4's The Tube, this release has the concert restored to its original full length, amounting to an additional 47 minutes of previously unseen footage. Not
released on video, Queen On Fire Live At The Bowl, marks the first time a recording of this concert has been available to own.
I think people will be surprised, as I was, all these years later, how different the show is from the well known Queen Wembley 86 Stadium performance, says Brian May. A large percentage of the songs are differentIt kicks off with us blasting into Flash and gets very hot! The set holds up very well, and Freddie's ad-libs are something to