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25 October 2004 – ‘Queen On Fire – Live At The Bowl’ is released on double-CD and double-DVD
It reached #20, was on the charts for 4 weeks, and achieved Gold status!!

Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl had never appeared on disc before, so its release was more than welcome, especially considering that the band were “on fire!”

A captivating Freddie Mercury leads Queen as they rocked out a packed venue of 65,000 in this 1982 concert, filmed live at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, 5 June.

Despite touring all over the world and playing to various audiences who would react differently to each song, Queen always gave it their all and fed on the energy of the crowd, but they always instilled a different kind of passion into homecoming shows, and the brief UK tour in May and June 1982 was no exception.

London’s loss was Milton Keynes gain, one of the most beloved rock bands of all-time filmed their open air-show in Milton Keynes rather than London.

This was due to a dispute around potential noise complaints from local residents, meaning the band had to cancel plans to perform at the Highbury Stadium.

Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl is a prime example of the band working their asses off and enjoying themselves at the same time.

What is most exciting is that the band try out the new material from Hot Space, which was arguably flat on record, and turn each song into rip-roaring and scorching rockers. ‘Staying Power’ (with John on electric rhythm guitar, while new recruit keyboardist Morgan Fisher provides synth bass), ‘Action This Day,’ and ‘Back Chat’ are all transformed into rockers worthy of rubbing shoulders with ‘Tie Your Mother Down,’ ‘Fat Bottomed Girls,’ and ‘Now I’m Here.’ Even the two ballads, ‘Love Of My Life’ and ‘Save Me,’ are given more of an edge, with Freddie commanding and leading the audience as only he can.

The standout performance, though, is ‘Somebody To Love,’ with the band turning in a towering, eight minute performance that proves, once and for all, how awesome a vocalist Freddie could be. What’s amazing is that this show was at the end of a grueling European tour; Freddie himself even notes, “𝐈‘𝐦 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐤𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝, 𝐈 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐚 !“

The band’s energy doesn’t flag at all, though (especially compared to the Japanese shows in November, by which time they were racing through their set to get to the finish line), and the set shows four musicians at the peak of their live power. Brian May’s hair is at its fullest and Freddie Mercury is charging round the stage in his iconic white vest.

Just three years prior to the band’s immortalisation at Live Aid, Legends Queen have rocked many a stage in their time but their performance at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1982 has to be a highlight.

“We hadn’t seen the footage for years, but when we looked at it we couldn’t believe how good it was,” enthused drummer Roger Taylor in the press release that accompanied the news. “We were on fire.”

While the accompanying visuals enhance the experience all the more, Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl is the live album that should have been their Live At Leeds or Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!, except that it was 22 years too late

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