City: London, UK
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: July 12, 1986

Setlist:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, guitar solo, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Gimme Some Lovin', Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Big Spender, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


           
                   
           
                                         
               

The second night at Wembley Stadium is probably the most famous and well-documented concert of Queen's career. It was filmed by 15 cameras with the initial intention to air it on TV in October. David Bowie was rumoured to join the band on stage for Under Pressure, but it never materialized. Mick Jagger was in the audience, and hung out with the band before the show.

The band, particularly Freddie, seem to be a bit nervous at various points tonight, knowing well that this was the big show that was being filmed to be seen by millions of people throughout the ages. His voice is in not quite as good shape as it was last night, which led to many vocal overdubs being done for the TV/radio simulcast and official releases. Brian's nerves also reveal themselves early on, as he messes up the tapping solo in the middle of One Vision (the only time he ever missed it), and later he completely omits the first half of the Hammer To Fall solo (which he also did in Brussels).

All of these slight flaws aside, the video demonstrates how Queen had simply mastered their craft, having arguably orchestrated the perfect stadium show. It reveals a band who, through the unparalleled showmanship and charisma of Freddie Mercury, were able to connect with every one of the 72,000 people on hand. Brian May would later refer to Queen's touring work ethic as becoming "a well-oiled machine" when in the swing of things.

Pics 7 and 8 are great shots of the blow-ups of the band members released into the sky during A Kind Of Magic. One of them was found by an old lady in her back yard the next morning.

Before Who Wants To Live Forever, Freddie insists, "we're gonna stay together until we fucking well die, I'm sure." There is a mighty truth to the statement which he certainly may have been aware of at this point.

After the impromptu, Brian May puts on a clinic of how to construct a guitar solo. A polar opposite of last night's mediocre solo spot, tonight's rendition is simply magnificent, and perhaps the definitive example of his musicality in the spotlight.

This is another one of those shows where Freddie shouts "Go Johnny!" during the instrumental part of Now I'm Here, referencing Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry.

The bobby hat Mercury is seen with in the acoustic set he stole from a side stage officer during the Newcastle show, in clear view of the audience!

The band attempt a couple more covers tonight, both for the last time - Gimme Some Lovin' and Big Spender. The songs had been tried out earlier in the tour, and the latter had been performed often throughout the 70s.

After the show, billed as "Dicky Hart And The Pacemakers" for fun, Queen and some other stars, including Cliff Richard and Samantha Fox, had a jam session at the Kensington Roof Gardens Night Club. Tutti Frutti and Sweet Little Rock And Roller were among the songs played. Short video clips have turned up in documentaries, like The Magic Years. The pictures above show Freddie with Samantha and Cliff, as well as Gary Glitter. Spandau Ballet were present as well. John Deacon is seen in the last pic with a couple of Queen's crew members, John Collins and Peter "Ratty" Hince.

Samantha Fox recalls: "I sang with Freddie Mercury at a party once and that was fantastic. I couldnít believe it when he pulled me up. It was their private party in Kensington. As soon as you got into the lift there were naked women painted green, like a forest. They had midgets with little trays of drinks. You just knew it was going to be a brilliant party. Queen took the stage and they jammed for about an hour [the party itself went until about 9am]. It was amazing. And Gary Glitter got up, too! He pulled me up and asked me what songs I knew. And you know when you canít think? I asked if he knew Touch Me and he laughed and said, 'What about Go Johnny Go?í We ended up singing that together. It was amazing to do a duet with Freddie."

The party itself was a tame affair for a mere 500 guests, including designers Yves St Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, and Queen's old colleague Zandra Rhodes, who'd designed outfits for them in 1974. One publication recalls, "Queen held a famous party after their Wembley concert in July 1986 at the Roof Garden above Kensington High Street where 500 guests included Cliff Richard, Spandau Ballet and Gary Glitter. 'The uniform of every waiter, boy or girl, was body paint,' remembers Gary. 'At first you didn't notice they had nothing on, then you did a double take and thought, Wow! Only Queen would have thought to do this.' Among the other delights laid on for the guests were a scantily-clad woman on duty in the men's toilet and an equally under-dressed gent in the ladies ready to render whatever assistance was asked. That night Freddie made a point of being seen with Mary Austin on his arm. His boyfriend Jim Hutton was nowhere in sight."



Part of Hello Mary Lou (from a different angle than would later be released on DVD) was shown Spanish TV not long after the concert:

The show was broadcast live on Capital Radio, the only time the show would be heard on the airwaves without the overdubs that would soon be added in the studio after the tour. In October 1986, Brian revealed on a breakfast TV appearance that this Wembley Stadium show would be rebroadcast, and that he had just returned from Munich where he had been working on the concert sound with Mack. An edited version of the show, a program called 'Real Magic', was then simulcast in the UK on October 25 on the radio (Independent Radio) and TV (Channel 4). The radio was given a quarter second delay to ensure it synched up with the TV. Most of the concert was aired (minus Tear It Up, the impromptu, guitar solo, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Gimme Some Lovin' and Big Spender), and this ended up being the track listing of the VHS release a few years later. The show was broadcast again in January 1987 on Channel 4 in light of public demand.

Portions of an interview with Brian (likely taped on the afternoon of the second show) are heard before the broadcast of the concert begins. This particular bit is revealing: "I think we're functioning now better than we've done for years and years. We actually like each other and enjoy being together. It's a great moment for us. We're full of energy. The only choices are to go back in the studio after this tour, or else take the tour to some place else, 'cos we feel like we're hot; we're going on all four." Neither would turn out to be true. Mercury would spend 1987 away from the band, and the fruits of his labour would be an opera album with the Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe called "Barcelona." Without a doubt his health would greatly impact his life choices during this time.

Hammer To Fall from this show was officially released on the Live Magic album in December 1986 and the Rare Live VHS in 1989. We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions were released on 7" singles in France, Spain and Holland, and on 12" single in Italy. Thanks to Julien Cohen for clarifying these details.

The first lengthy official release of this show was a 1990 VHS, missing eight songs. The studio version of Brighton Rock is heard at the beginning while showing the stage and rig being set up by the crew. Vocal overdubs were present on this release and all future releases: One Vision, A Kind Of Magic, Who Wants To Live Forever, and We Are The Champions (at least) were patched up, and backing vocals for the bridge of Hammer To Fall were added as well. The usual level adjustments were done on vocals and all instruments, but many of Spike Edney's synth parts are notably much lower than they were at the show.

A 2CD version was released in 1992, with only the Tutti Frutti reprise cut. The complete show was released on CD and DVD in 2003. The US version includes three songs from the first night, and one from the Budapest show as bonus tracks. The DVD included plenty of extras, including rehearsal footage and 5 songs from the first night at Wembley. It was released once again on CD and DVD in 2011, with the DVD including the entire first night.

The radio and TV broadcasts, as well as the official releases, have led to dozens of bootlegs released over the years - many of which were disguised as other shows.

The second picture was taken by Richard Heaffey and submitted by Mrducksoup, and pics 3 through 12 were taken by Mark Alexander. Some of the aftershow pics are from Fabio Minero and Leonardo Pelz.


Recording length: 77 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A+
Source: Radio
Lineage: "A Day At The Stadium" (Kiss The Stone) silver

       
Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, Hammer To Fall, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions


While most LP and CD bootlegs of this show are taken from the later radio broadcasts and official releases (often disguised as other dates/cities, to lure fans into buying something "new" after the official releases came out), there are a couple that are sourced from the live radio broadcast. These bootlegs reveal exactly where overdubs and various other alterations were made for the official releases.

This bootleg was released in 1992. Bearing in mind that the show was recorded off the radio before being bootlegged, there are some tape speed issues. Some songs run a quarter-tone too slow.


Recording length: 77 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A+
Source: Radio
Lineage: "A Day At The Stadium" (Kiss The Stone) silver

Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, Hammer To Fall, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions


This disc is a 2001 re-release of the 1992 bootleg of the same name. The musical content is identical.


Recording length: 75 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A+
Source: Radio
Lineage: "Flash Freddie" (Beach Marten) silvers

   
Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, Hammer To Fall, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions


Labeled as July 5, 1986, it's actually a radio broadcast of the second night at Wembley. It's the same material as the above "A Day At The Stadium" bootleg, but it plays at the correct speed.

A couple of the BBC '77 tracks were unnecessarily added, forcing it to spread over two discs (with those tracks it's 86 minutes in length).

Two versions were produced - a standard-sized CD and a fat case.


Recording length: 76 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A+
Source: VHS
Lineage: "Who Wants To Live Forever" (Pluto) silver

Track listing:
Brighton Rock (studio version), One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Is This The World We Created?, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This is one of countless bootlegs of the official releases. This one uses the VHS release, with a shuffled track order for good measure.



                                                   

Here are various bootlegs (mostly from the 90s) using tracks from the official VHS and CD releases of this show. Some of them are labeled as other shows.


Recording length: 113 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > 1st Gen Cassette > Wavelab > CDR (1)
Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu [cut], guitar solo, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Gimme Some Lovin' [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Big Spender, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This distant audience recording has two brief cuts for tape flips.

When Freddie's vocal mic cuts out during I Want To Break Free, the crowd can be heard singing along.


Recording length: 109 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: A-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Wembley Stadium 1986" (Wardour) silvers

     
Track listing:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, guitar solo [cut], Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Gimme Some Lovin', Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Big Spender, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Wardour released a 4-disc bootleg in March 2012 with audience tapes from both nights at Wembley.

The second night's tape is a far superior source taped very close to the stage. The first few seconds of Brian's solo spot are cut for a tape flip.




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