Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl is a double compact disc live album by English band Queen released on 25 October 2004 in Europe and on 9 November 2004 in the US.

It was recorded live at the National BowlMilton KeynesBuckinghamshireEngland, on 5 June 1982 during the Hot Space Tour. A DVD was also released with the concert and bonus material, such as band interviews and tour highlights.

In 2005, the album was also released as an LP, like every Queen album.

In the UK the CD made #20 and DVD #1 in the album and DVD chart respectively. In the US, neither the album nor the DVD charted.


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During the show, lead guitarist Brian May had problems with his homemade Red Special guitar. During both the fast version of "We Will Rock You" and "Dragon Attack", two guitar strings broke and he had to switch over to his Birch Red Special backup for most of "Action This Day" and for the entire second half of "Dragon Attack" and the entire duration of "Now I'm Here (Reprise)".

Before "Love of My Life", May played a snippet of the intro to "Las Palabras de Amor" calling it "a little fiddle around".

During May's guitar solo, the lead on his guitar became disconnected and the guitar solo stopped for 20 seconds (as seen on the DVD but the 20 seconds was reduced to 3 seconds on the album version of the performance). A roadie had to help him get his guitar working again.

Drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon performed impromptu solos during "Dragon Attack" and before "Under Pressure," respectively when May switched guitars during "Dragon Attack" and was getting his guitar fixed following his solo. Taylor had stopped doing drum solos (he last performed one in November 1981) so this was the only time he did a drum solo post-1981 with the original lineup of Queen. The next did not occur until the Queen + Paul Rodgers Return of the Champions Tour in 2005.

On "Fat Bottomed Girls", Freddie Mercury's voice briefly slipped into an off-key falsetto during the lyric "in this locality" (which was noticed on the original BBC TV, Channel 4, MTV, and radio broadcasts of the Milton Keynes show) but the error was repaired for release on the CD and DVD.

Also during "Fat Bottomed Girls", in the first verse where he is supposed to say "you made a bad boy out of me", Mercury said "you made an asshole out of me."

Mercury performed without his trademark bottomless microphone stand for "The Hero" (on the Live in Japan bonus footage on DVD), "We Will Rock You (Fast)" and "Now I'm Here". Apparently this allowed Mercury to more freely scale and walk along the raised wings on either side of the stage. Although it is noticeable that he is using a cordless microphone which were becoming available around the time and appears to be relatively larger than a standard microphone.

The Hong Kong & China version of the CD release does not contain either "Get Down, Make Love" or "Fat Bottomed Girls" due to censorship laws.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Disc 1[edit]Edit

  1. "Flash" (May) – 1:54
  2. "The Hero" (May) – 1:44
  3. "We Will Rock You" (Fast) (May) – 3:17
  4. "Action This Day" (Taylor) – 4:52
  5. "Play the Game" (Mercury) – 4:30
  6. "Staying Power" (Mercury) – 4:03
  7. "Somebody to Love" (Mercury) – 7:53
  8. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 6:18
  9. "Dragon Attack" (May) – 4:16
  10. "Now I'm Here" (Reprise) (May) – 2:21
  11. "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:22
  12. "Save Me" (May) – 4:00
  13. "Back Chat" (Deacon) – 5:00

Disc 2[edit]Edit

  1. "Get Down, Make Love" (Mercury) – 3:39
  2. "Guitar Solo " (May) – 6:22
  3. "Under Pressure" (Queen/Bowie) – 3:47
  4. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (May) – 5:25
  5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 4:15
  6. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:38
  7. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 4:09
  8. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) – 3:49
  9. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:25
  10. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:08
  11. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:28
  12. "God Save the Queen" (Trad. arr. May) – 1:24

DVD bonus material[edit]Edit


  • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, piano, acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
  • Brian May – guitars, vocals, piano on "Save Me"
  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, vocals, lead vocals on verses of "Action This Day", co-lead vocal on "Sheer Heart Attack"
  • John Deacon – bass guitar, rhythm guitar on "Staying Power", additional backing vocals on "Somebody to Love" and "Back Chat"
  • Morgan Fisher – keyboards, piano
  • Justin Shirley-Smith – mix producer
  • Kris Fredriksson – pro tools hd
  • Mack – recording engineer
  • Mick McKenna – second recording engineer
  • Kevin Metcalfe – mastering
  • Richard Gray – artwork
  • Denis O'Regan – photography

Charts and certifications[edit]Edit



Chart (2004) Peak


Austrian Top 75 Albums[3] 23
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[4] 60
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[5] 80
French Top 200 Albums[6] 75
German Albums Chart[7] 10
Italian Top 20 Albums[8] 15
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[9] 74
Portuguese Top 30 Albums[10] 9
Swiss Top 100 Albums[11] 52
UK Albums Chart[12] 20
Chart (2005) Peak


Spanish Top 100 Albums[13] 73


Chart (2004) Peak


Australian Top 40 DVDs[14] 10
Austrian Top 10 Music DVDs[15] 1
Norwegian Top 10 DVDs[16] 4
Swedish Top 20 DVDs[17] 1
Chart (2005) Peak


Belgium (Wallonia) Top 10 Music DVDs[18] 1
Hungarian Top 20 DVDs[19] 5



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[20] Gold 15,000x
Germany (BVMI)[21] Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[23] Platinum 8,000x
Australia (ARIA)[24] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[25] Gold 5,000x
France (SNEP)[26] 3× Platinum 60,000
Germany (BVMI)[27] 5× Gold 125,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[28] Gold 10,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] Gold 3,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] 3× Platinum 150,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 100,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone
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