9 May 1985, Queen performed their second and final evening @ the famed Budokan in Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 and it’s a spectacular show!
This is surely Freddie’s best performance of the entire Works tour. With his voice being in such pristine shape, he is in complete control. Among the standout moments is his intro to ‘Somebody To Love,’ which is nothing short of breathtaking. Every song tonight is delivered with passion and conviction.
Queen still had a immense impact on Japanese audiences in 1985. On one of the recordings, girls can be heard crying after ‘Now I’m Here,’ when the band give everyone’s ears a break for the acoustic set.
It’s worth noting that at the beginning of ‘We Will Rock You,’ Freddie doesn’t come out with the UK/Japan half and half flag, as he does on the officially-released video from two nights later. If he had done this, then on the recording there would be an enormous cheer from the audience acknowledging the gesture. Instead, Freddie jumps into the first verse pretty quickly. With this in mind, it becomes clear that on this tour the band generally wanted to do this very worthwhile and effective visual only for the biggest shows (recall Rio) – although it’s worth noting that Freddie came out with the Italian flag in Milan the previous year. It would be a nightly event on the Magic tour in 1986 (except for the UK shows, naturally).