October 19, 1982 – The band performed at Fukuoka-shi Kyuden Kinen Taiikukan in Fukuoka, Japan Hot Space Tour
These six shows in Japan, although very good, seem to be shows the band simply want to rush through quickly enough because they so desperately need a break. That said, their apathy never takes over the music. Each show has its great moments, and to keep things as fresh as possible, they each have a different setlist.
Tonight the band revive Somebody To Love in place of Play The Game, the first time it has been omitted since they started playing it in 1980. They have also brought back Love Of My Life, which would be performed at every remaining Queen show (minus Live Aid in 1985).
Freddie’s vocal improv during Now I’m Here tonight is superb.
The funky Back Chat has returned to the set as well, after having been dropped after the first show of the North American tour. Unless it was also performed on the following night in Fukuoka, this would be its final performance. The band are a bit rusty on the song, as it takes them an extra 4 bar cycle to get into Roger’s electronic drum break. During that extra cycle, Freddie says, “Go into your bit, bud!” They end the song with a fanfare just this once, instead of the sudden ending as they had done earlier in the year.
The band cover Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” for the first time since trying it out a few times in 1977. It would be played a few nights later in Osaka, many more times in 1984-85, and once in 1986 (in Cologne, and on a Saturday night, no less).
The amazing picture was taken by Koh Hasebe credits eileen