Queen
On Fire (Live at the Bowl)


4.0
excellent

Review

by gblackman USER (25 Reviews)
October 24th, 2008 | 37 replies | 9,472 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Queen were always best suited to a grand audience.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The double album set “On Fire- Live at the bowl,” is one of the most fun live albums ever recorded.

It covers Queen’s 1982 “Hot Space” tour, and although the album itself wasn’t a big success the tour that accompanied it has to be classed as one of their finest ever.

One such date is the June 5th 1982, Milton Keynes performance.

There are some interesting stories to boot also.

One of such is at the beginning of the concert guitarist Brian May had to, twice during the concert, change from his custom ‘homemade’ Red Special guitar and use a ‘Birch Red Special’ instead. This was because the guitar strings had snapped whilst performing the opening number “We will rock you (Fast Version),” and later whilst doing “Dragon Attack.”

One of the most interesting concepts of the performance though is how it takes average tracks from the Hot Space release (“Staying Power,” “Action This Day,” “Back Chat,” and what the hell “Under Pressure,”) and turns them into ‘hot pressed’ hard en’ heavy rock classics.

Queen were always best suited for a grand audience.

Whilst at times on the smaller audience Live LP “Live Killers,” they seemed to be too expansive or ambitious for their own good, with the larger scale ‘40,000 + audience, the band have enough space and expansion to do whatever they damn well please. As they would in the future in further historical performance first at 1985’s “Live Aid,” and then 1986’s “Live at Wembley” performance.

But Live at the Bowl, offers Queen at their freshest and even at their most fighting fit.

For example, when Freddie goes all a cappella on “Somebody to Love,” when he asks the audience if ‘anybody can find me Somebody too…. Looooveee,’ before gauging straight into the now familiar piano intro, this is yet another reminder that no one was quite a showman quite like Mr Bulsara

Another cool instance is when Mercury blurts out ‘ok on with the show, this is Action,’ and the band play Action This Day; as if their lives depended on it. You feel as if Queen’s front man is single handily motivating the band to the grandest of scales.

There are some surprising additions on show too.

First is the underrated rocker “The Hero” from 1980’s “Flash Gordon” LP, which rocks straight on from their sturdy opener We will Rock You (Fast). Another songs previously not available on Live LPs such as “Play the Game,” the afore mentioned Somebody to Love, “Dragon Attack,” “Save Me,” the underrated “Back Chat,” and the song Freddie tells us to ‘put in all our diaries “Fat Bottomed Girls.” These are all performed with a dramatic, yet elegant, heaviness of quality and confidence.

The album of course has the obvious hits too. From “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to the closing boombasticness of “We will rock you;” and “We are the Champions,” as well as more recent hits of those times such as “Crazy little thing called love,” “Another one bites the dust,” and the dum, der, dum, de, de, dum, dum, of “Under Pressure.”

The only real downside (like Live at Wembley) is the unnecessarily long and boring Brian May guitar solo for “Brighton Rock Solo,” the addition to one of Queen’s worst songs “Get down make love,” (although it is thankfully cut short) and as usual the not so perfect version of Bo Rhap (With its pre-recorded schalamouches and fandango’s). But other than that, the rest is a party.

Most importantly though, the show holds your interest all the way to the pre-recorded ending of “God Save the Queen,” where Freddie wottles his crown around and makes his usual grandiesque speech ‘See you good night….

This is a great and fun album to listen to, and highlights Queen at the height of their live powers.

4/5



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marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


lol at neg after 10 seconds...
Don't take this the wrong way but...HOLY CRAP IS THE LAST ONE?!?!?!
I'm tempted to pos just for cutting back on the freaking quotes

bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


I've already pos'd due to my trolling.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments


God-damn everyone hates you

rasputin
October 24th 2008



14512 Comments


I'd say more people didn't like you.

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments


Than gblackman? Ha.
Besides, you're the only one pretteh much- apart from good old MyNameIsMud

rasputin
October 24th 2008



14512 Comments


Nah, pretty sure nobody likes you. I guess you're not reviewing Queen's entire discography, so props for that.

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


I don't not like Atavan...

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments


marksellsuswallets is a pretty cool guy. eh sells us wallets and doesn't afraid of anything.

bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


Come on, props to me, probably the least popular user on sputnik at the moment...

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2008



4848 Comments


Except for gblackman :thumb: jk we cool dawg...

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments


Come on, props to me, probably the least popular user on sputnik at the moment...

What did you do?

bastard
October 24th 2008



3435 Comments


I write bad reviews

And I make tons of unnecessary alts.This Message Edited On 10.24.08

AtavanHalen
October 24th 2008



17927 Comments


Not always.

robin
Emeritus
October 25th 2008



4241 Comments


are people using gblackmans reviews for group discussions now then.

AtavanHalen
October 25th 2008



17927 Comments


What else would we use them for?

robin
Emeritus
October 25th 2008



4241 Comments


the floor is open to ideas!This Message Edited On 10.25.08

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2008



7956 Comments


ASK AND YE SHALL RECIEVE. I NEED MORE QUEEN!!

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2008



7956 Comments


And live show automatically sucks bc of no, "FLASH.........AAAAHHHH"

Meatplow
October 25th 2008



5524 Comments


has gblackman ever commented back on one of his reviews

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2008



7956 Comments


Once, saying how much he actually likes Queen, but that is about it



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