Staying Power And Glory (Gypsy Eye GE213/214)
Stadhalle, Vienna, Austria – May 12th, 1982
Disc 1 (46:17): Flash’s theme, The Hero, We Will Rock You (fast), Action This Day, Play The Game, Staying Power, Somebody To Love, Now I’m Here (incl. Dragon Attack), Love Of My Life, Save Me
Disc 2 (49:30): Back Chat, Get Down Make Love, guitar solo, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen
In the final week of the Hot Space tour of Europe Queen played two shows in Vienna on May 12th and May 13th. Staying Power And Glorycontains the first evening in very good sound quality. The taper was relatively close to the stage and, although there is some echo and slight distortion, produced a very enjoyable recording. There are small cuts between some of the songs including one at the beginning of the “Mustapha” introduction before “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
An alternate audience tape also circulates. It’s fair to good sounding but is missing the encores and is uncut at “Mustapha.” The encores “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and “God Save The Queen” were broadcast on television and are included as bonus footage on Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl.
After the Flash Gordon introduction the set starts with the fast “We Will Rock You” and after the initial greetings, salutations and call for actions they play “Action This Day.” After “Play The Game” Freddie tells them: “It’s really nice to be back in Vienna after not being here for such a long time. We’re gonna do some new songs tonight from our album Hot Space and we’d like everybody to get into it…do whatever you’d like.” This marks the return of “Staying Power” after being dropped for a couple of days.
“Now I’m Here” was moved from being the closer to earlier in the set the previous week. “Back Chat,” which had its debut the previous week in place of “Staying Power,” is moved back to the latter half of the show. Gypsy Eye attribute this to the following evening but it is where it’s from this night.
The first verse of “Get Down Make Love” and the orgasmic middle serve as a prelude to May’s long guitar solo which includes a rare reference to “I Go Crazy,” the song that would be recorded and released as the b-side to “Radio Ga Ga” in 1984.
Freddie sings the opening of “Mustapha” before “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by audience request. And during the final song “Bohemian Rhapsody” May breaks a string during the guitar solo before the operatic section rendering it out of tune.
“Tie Your Mother Down” is played in the first encore set and, as Freddie is saying good night to the audience scats along to “God Save The Queen,” surly a rare occurrence. Overall Staying Power And Glory is not a bad release by Gypsy Eye. Utilizing the second tape source to fill in the cuts to present the entire show would certainly have improved this, but this is still one of the best sounding tapes from the European Hot Space tour worth having.