Michael Allred wrote:There is no bonus material what so ever. It's not the whole show either, as has been stated previously. Why? I have no idea, blu-ray discs offer plenty of room. The bonus CD was nice but it is replicating the content of the blu-ray so again, not the whole show on that either.
I think you'll find it is indeed the entire show (albeit minus a few seconds here are there between songs, and there was seemingly no break before the encore, just a few seconds of darkness after Bohemian Rhapsody and before We Will Rock You).
I received mine yesterday and watched it last night. I did indeed notice the omissions of Somebody To Love, the drum battle, bass / Roger solo, guitar solo, Tie Your Mother Down, vocal solo / crowd call-and-response, A Kind Of Magic / The Show Must Go On, '39, I Want To Break Free, Who Wants To Live Forever, Dragon Attack, as well as the inclusions of I Was Born To Love You, and Teo Torriate ... however I checked the setlist online and the tracklisting on the BluRay and cd matches the setlist from that night. Of course, the songs mentioned above weren't all included in every concert, with some often being interchanged with another (A Kind Of Magic and The Show Must Go On often interchanged with the other ... they were not (as far as I can remember) played in the same concert). They certainly weren't in the 6 Australian gigs I went to just days after this Tokyo one was performed.
Presumably, given it was part of a festival, they had time restrictions so trimmed the show down a little bit. They seemingly also had physical restrictions too, as the big Q never lowered down during In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited or during We Will Rock You, nor was there a proper stage B and catwalk setup. I noticed, also, that the curtain was dropped at the start and not shot upwards, so that would be a venue issue.
As for the release: I got the complete boxset and love it! I enjoyed the show (even without the songs mentioned above), and will listen to the cd probably after work this evening to start my weekend off on a good note!
I enjoyed the fact that they didn't seem to retouch the audio (as is fairly commonly-known is what Queen -and particularly Brian- is known to do). There were one or two times where a bum-note was struck and quickly recovered from ... and they're here, just as they would be if we had've been there on the night. I like that they left in where Brian busts a string right at the end of Fat Bottomed Girls. Of course, I don't wish these things would happen ... especially on a night that was being properly recorded with a potential release in mind, however the fact that they did and they still made it to the release I do like. It's real. I like real..!
I haven't researched so don't know what the crowd was like in terms of numbers, but when they sang, they sang loud and it sounded great. No wonder Brian was visibly disappointed at the Aussie gigs a few days later! It was frustrating for me to be there during, say, Love Of My Life, and only maybe a few hundred or perhaps a thousand people singing along with Brian. And of course, those people got self-conscious when no-one else around them was singing, so Brian ended up singing the entire song without much crowd backing vocals. In fact, just before the 2nd verse in all 6 gigs, he said light-heartedly "Now, don't be shy!" I guessed at the time that although the 2nd Sydney gig was properly recorded (the night where Lady Gaga joined them on-stage for Another One Bites The Dust), the underwhelming audience sing-alongs would ensure the gig was never released. Not without audio tricks or overdubbing to cover it up.
So bringing this back on topic, hearing the audience -traditionally a non-English-speaking audience at that- singing so loudly was wonderful to hear on this Tokyo concert. They really got into it. No wonder Queen love playing there.
Having said all this, I would be disappointed if this is the only Q+AL live release from their now 5yrs together. I would be surprised too, as seemingly at least one concert per continent was properly recorded. Surely there is at least ONE of them that would be worthy of a more wide-spread release (ie: not localised in just one country!)?
In the meantime, I have this now, plus the various fan-recorded videos / audios of the concerts I've been to in recent years, so these will do me..!