Last year, I first uploaded the first Wembley Stadium concert to Youtube and everybody was loving the show (and compared it with the more famous show from the following night). Back then, I had an inferior source that had speed problems, was distorted, and got muffled in spots. Ever since Wardour (a bootleg company) released two upgraded sources to the two Wembley Stadium shows (I will upload the next night after this upload), I have long since deleted the old source to this show--and will replace it with this new source! This recording is 100% complete, and has great quality!
This show has been lauded by fellow fans and subscribers as being an underrated show, and for being a much better show than the next night. After looking through both shows, I have to agree that this is the superior show: The band sound less nervous, the performances are tighter, and Freddie sounds stronger! I consider this to be a top 10 show on the Magic Tour, and some of the performances from this show can rank high on lists for the tour! Freddie's voice sounds strong on this concert, and is generally much better-sounding than the next night (although he does pull off some good vocal performances on the next night)! Now, it's time to talk about the songs!
"One Vision" is highly energetic, and can possibly be a candidate for the best version after those amazing Leiden versions, "Tie Your Mother Down" sounds awesome, and Freddie sounds very powerful throughout his registers, "In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited" has Freddie sounding nice, but may possibly lose over the second night's version (since the chorus parts sound better on the next night), "Seven Seas Of Rhye" sounds great, "Tear It Up" has a very aggressive vocal delivery by Freddie, and is one of my favorite versions of the song, "A Kind Of Magic" is a good version overall, but later versions such as Manchester and Cologne top this, "Under Pressure" is a solid version, "Another One Bites The Dust" is amazing (as per the norm for this tour) and has an excellent improv section, "Who Wants To Live Forever" has a nice vocal by Freddie, but Brian forgets to tune his guitar down to "drop D tuning" and has some trouble with the solo, "I Want To Break Free" is a good version, "Now I'm Here" is a great version, "Love Of My Life" has Freddie delivering the song very well, "Is This The World We Created" is a great version (and ranks as one of the best versions on the tour), and the oldies section is entertaining (Freddie admits that he doesn't know the words during "Hello Mary Lou," and claims that he forgot the words to "Tutti Frutti").
Next comes one of the most surprising vocal performances of the night (and possibly of the tour): Freddie nails the first verse of "Bohemian Rhapsody" with so much power that if you watch the official video, a bunch of spit flies out of his mouth! This version absolutely pisses on the second night, and has been said to be a top 5 version on the tour! "Hammer To Fall" sounds amazing on this show, and is a definite top 5 for the tour (Freddie embellishes the song and sounds beastly), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" sounds awesome on this show, "Radio Ga Ga" has Freddie struggling a bit on the pre-chorus parts, but at least he doesn't make wrong note choices like the second night, "We Will Rock You" is a solid version, "Friends Will Be Friends" is a great version, and "We Are The Champions" sounds better than the next night by a million miles (Freddie doesn't disintegrate on the verses)!
Note: Unlike the next night, the official release for this first Wembley Stadium show doesn't contain a long list of overdubs/fixes. What you hear on this audience recording is almost exactly what you will hear on the official release. There are some overdubs/fixes, but nowhere near what the next night offers. See if you can spot them!
Note 2: The stage banter is hilarious during the oldies section (mostly because of Freddie talking between the songs)!