Live At Wembley Stadium [DVD] review by Queen

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  • Released: Jun 17, 2003
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.9 (22 votes)
Queen: Live At Wembley Stadium [DVD]

Sound — 9
Ok, so Queen have been together since '72 & it's now '86, and one of the many constants is their line up. As you can guess they sound tight as hell. Brian May is on form in this show, his Brighton Rock solo is unbelievable and he has plenty of room to stretch his fingers all over everywhere else. Roger & John are still one of the best rhythm sections in the world & they show it here. Freddie's vocals are perhaps at their weakest in his career around this time but they're still great. Taylor & May (and Edney) back him up amply aswell. Perhaps the only criticism of the sound is Edney's vocals are too high in the mix. 2.0 Stereo or DTS 5.1 is availible.

Content — 10
This is where the DVD comes into its own. Ok, the setlist is fairly greatest hitsish but the extras are fantastic. The Queen cam focuses on each member for various songs and is a real insight. There's also specially recorded interviews with May & Taylor, a backstage documentary. Footage from the rehersals are a great fly on wall addition. And there's some footage from the night before, where the boys seem to be having a better time in the rain. Overall this section is enough for greatness.

Production Quality — 9
Gavin Taylor's 'throw lots of camera's at it' attitude works fantasticly. Nothing is missed, ever. And the share of the cameras is fairly even, surprising to many who saw Mercury as the dominating member. As ever with Queen tours, a fully custom lighting rig is in attendence. Queen worked really hard to interact with their lighting rigs and although not the best they ever had, it's quite good. Some pyrotechnics as well.

Overall Impression — 10
Does it compare with other artists? No, it's the benchmark for everyone else. The only set back about this show is the set list, some old favourites would be great. The overall production on this DVD is enough to sell it to anyone but this really is the complete package, it has everything, you feel a part of the gig (especially with 5.1 on). A must have for any music lover, not just Queen fans.

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    I dont think the sound is up to par - which is a shame Why cant they mix it without the fuzzy distortion? like Rattle & Hum or Hell Freezes Over? BobDylans unplugged is another shocking example, it shouldnt be that hard to record these things should it?
    Freddie at his weakest? Still better than any current artist at his best
    Nobody seems to possess what Queen possessed collectively. Truly the greatest band that walked the planet. If you look up the word showmanship in any dictionary, it should read FREDDIE MERCURY.
    Roland Medina
    I love Queen and when this dvd came out i knew i had to have it! It is an awesome concert dvd, one of the best i've seen. Queen remains one of the greatest bands of our time and this dvd pays proper homage to the spirit of this band. R.I.P. Freddie Mercury, gone but never forgotten.
    freddie is god. how many people in the world could get everyone in wembley stadium clapping to 'gimmie some lovin'? or walk out in a crown and some huge ass robe at the end of the show and not get heckled ? Freddie Fkn Mercury =D
    I made review similar to this a while ago, it got denied cause they didnt feel like making a new page for it
    does anyone else think that the lead singer of Bad Company should NOT be singing Queen, and that it's a bad pick for the band as a singer?
    It never ceases to amaze me hoe Freddie could hold 100,000 people in the palm of his hand. Unmatched showmanship, unmatched voice.