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Queen: Live At Wembley Stadium
featuring: Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Brian May, and Spike Edney

director: Gavin Taylor

111 minutes (E) 1986
Parlophone DVD Region 0 retail

RATING: 9/10
reviewed by Gary Couzens
This is a recording of Queen's 1986 concert at Wembley stadium, during the 'A Kind of Magic' tour. At the time, shortly after their triumphant appearance at Live Aid, Queen were on an upswing. The four members of the band, supplemented by additional keyboardist Spike Edney, at this time were a band at the peak of their abilities, and for two hours they hold the audience in the palms of their hands. At one point, Freddie dismisses rumours that Queen were due to split up - "We'll be together until we fucking well die," he says. Who knows if he knew then? This concert has an end-of-era feel to it. Instant nostalgia for people like me who grew up watching this band on Top Of The Pops in the 1970s (Queen's Greatest Hits was the first LP I ever bought), or who discovered them later. I've always had reservations about their recorded output - every studio album is at the very least uneven - but this DVD shows that they were one hell of a live band. I never saw them live, and obviously now never will, but this is the next best thing.
   Concert track-listing: One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In the Lap of the Gods, 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, Brighton Rock 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 (Goodbye Heart), 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, and God Save the Queen.
   This is a two-disc DVD set, with the concert on one disc and extras on the other. The video is full-frame, with a choice between DTS 5.1 and PCM stereo soundtracks. The extras have subtitles available in French, German, Spanish or Italian. Extras: new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor, concert director Gavin Taylor and tour manager Gerry Stickells, A Beautiful Day backstage documentary, Wembley Towers featurette, concert footage from the previous evening, rehearsal footage, a stills gallery, and 'Queen Cam', a multi-angle feature.
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