City: Caracas, Venezuela
Venue: Poliedro de Caracas
Date: September 27, 1981

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, Need Your Loving Tonight, Save Me, Now I'm Here, Dragon Attack, Now I'm Here (reprise), Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Flash, The Hero, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


 

This is the third of three consecutive nights in Caracas, the band's only visit to Venezuela. They were supposed to play an additional two nights (September 29 and 30), but the shows were canceled as the country went into mourning following the death of former president Rómulo Betancourt.

Freddie is in excellent voice as per the norm in 1981, as the shows were sporadic in accordance with the band's touring schedule, allowing Freddie plenty of time to rest.

During Now I'm Here, the band jam a bit of Under Pressure, unbeknownst to the audience since the song hasn't yet been released as a single.

There are many unique moments in this show involving Brian. First, he breaks a string at the end of Killer Queen, forcing him to switch to a Red Special copy, during which the band have to play part of I'm In Love With My Car without him. Later, during his solo spot, it takes him a few seconds to get in time with the delays which are much quicker than usual. Once he settles in, it's a very interesting listen as he needs to keep up.

Brian then struggles through the Bohemian Rhapsody solo. At first he doesn't begin playing it as expected, so the band repeat 4 bars, after which he makes it through only part of the solo, then improvises the last 4 bars with some nice melodic lines.

It seems Freddie was irritated by the audience for some reason, as he's very short (and vulgar) with them throughout the show. At the end of the concert he succinctly says, "Let's go home and get fucked. Ciao!" Clearly there was something on the band's mind this evening besides the music.

A pro-shot video of the complete show is available, although not in great quality. The band played for only 90 minutes. A video of the soundcheck also exists, showing the band doing a test run of the beginning of the show.

Queen did some TV interviews while in Venezuela.

The first picture was submitted by Fabio Minero. The second picture is likely from this show as well, as a video camera is (barely) visible in front of Brian (thanks to Sikke van der Veen for pointing this out).




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