2 June 1986 ….. Queen flew to Stockholm, Sweden to start their ‘Magic Tour’ – a 26-date royal progress through Europe in 8 weeks! M
This is the final tour with Freddie Mercury and John Deacon
“I like to have the freedom of the stage and run around a bit, but when I saw the stage designs for the Magic tour I thought, “Oh my god!
What am I going to do? I’ll need roller skates to go from one side to the other.” I didn’t want to let anyone down though, so at first I just didn’t want to do the tour.
But I think it’s all in the mind. Even though I thought I should go and do all this training, in the end I just thought, “Oh fuck it! I’ll just will myself into doing it.” So I did a few press-ups, and although the first three or four shows were agony, my muscles started working and after that it was fine. I’m glad I did that tour because it was one of the most successful tours that we’d ever done and I’m glad I took the plunge.”
Bearing in mind how much money the band put into the visual and technical aspects of their show over the years, ‘Magic’ reportedly is the only tour where they would actually turn in a profit. Their light show and overall stage production on this tour was the biggest ever at the time. “I think we are probably the best live band in the world at the moment, and we are going to prove it. It’ll make Ben-Hur look like the Muppets. No one who comes to see us will be disappointed,” Roger Taylor was humbly quoted saying before the tour. Years later, he would recall it to be Queen’s best tour.