30 June 1980 Queen launched their North American tour in support of their newly released album, ‘The Game’ The band’s first stop, The Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C., Canada 🍁
This is the first show of ‘The Game tour,’ which would turn out to be Queen’s longest tour of North America. Since it is their current single, ‘Play The Game’ is performed for the first time at this show. It would be played at virtually every show through 1982.
‘The Game’ album is also released today. Freddie Mercury would later state it was his favourite Queen album.
29 June 1986, Queen performed their final night in Munich @ Olympiahalle
During the vocal exchange after ‘A Kind Of Magic,’ Freddie has to practically coerce the audience to keep up with him in the middle. To their credit (and his), he was singing some pretty challenging lines! Freddie puts in a much better performance tonight than last night.
This is the first time Freddie would say, “We’re gonna stay together until we die.” He adds, “I mean, a couple nights… a of couple days.” He goes on, “Anyway, we’d like to do a new song written by Brian. This is from the new album. If you don’t know it yet, this is a preview. It’s called ‘Who Wants To Live Forever.’” He sings the second line first, so he reverses them: “There’s no place for us; there’s no time for us.” Perhaps he did this on purpose, thinking nobody would notice the difference anyway.
4 April 1976, Queen performed @ Nichidai Kodo, Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 ‘A Night At The Opera’ Tour
This is the final show of Queen’s second tour of Japan.
The Sendai show was intended to be the last night, but this show in Tokyo was added due to extremely high ticket demand. The Budokan presumably wasn’t available, so another venue was found.
In Ogre Battle, the scream sample lifted from the album is played near the end of the instrumental section for the last time.
Freddie does a few interesting improvs at the end of Sweet Lady: “I’m gonna leave you baby; I’m gonna take you home; you’re beautiful; just too much.” He’s clearly enjoying himself on the final night. After the song he says, “What a rowdy bunch.”
Roger Taylor’s drum solo in Keep Yourself Alive is two minutes long – one of his longest ever.
Fans would throw underwear on stage, and also shower the band with gifts. For the this last show, the band needed a separate room just to hold all the presents. They kept everything!