5 July 1986 – Queen Live @ Slane Castle nestled in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland 🇮🇪 ‘Magic Tour’

It was an open air concert with an estimated attendance of about 100,000 people (and plenty without tickets) starting when the gates opened at 9am – a full nine hours before Queen were due to appear, and four hours even before the first supporting group was due on stage. Some brave souls came up the River Boyne in canoes, trying to get in the back way!

With plenty of people admitting themselves into the show like this, it’s impossible to calculate an accurate attendance for the gig. But the paid attendence of 92,000 was the largest for a show in Slane to date; even bigger than Bruce Springsteen’s concert the previous year.

When asked about the gig in a 2013 interview, Roger recalls, “That one was pretty hairy, from what I remember. I mean really hairy. The size of the crowd was incredible. There was so much mud and drunkenness. Freddie stopped the show at one point. People had been there for hours and dehydrated from drinking. Well, it’s rock ‘n’ roll, isn’t it?”

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