Magic Tour (Queen)

The Magic Tour was Queen's final tour with their lead singer Freddie Mercury and their bass guitarist John Deacon, with 26 concert dates in Europe in 1986.[1][2] The band did not tour again until 19 years later, when the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour began in 2005, after the death of Mercury on 24 November 1991, and the retirement of Deacon in 1997.[2][3] The Magic Tour supported the band's album A Kind of Magic.

The Magic Tour
European tour by Queen
Associated albumA Kind of Magic
Start date7 June 1986
End date9 August 1986
No. of shows26
Queen concert chronology

In 1987, Mercury was diagnosed as having AIDS and the band together made the decision to stop touring, making the concert at Knebworth on 9 August 1986 the last time that the four original members of Queen performed on stage together.[4] The Knebworth concert is regarded as the pinnacle of the tour, and is often represented in photography by a frantic swarm of helicopters branded under the 'magic' emblem.

Over a million people attended the Queen tour, making it one of the largest ever. Support acts included The Alarm, The Bangles, Big Country, Belouis Some, INXS, Level 42, Marillion, Gary Moore, Status Quo, and Zeno.[5]

From this tour, Queen have since released Live at Wembley on VHS, Laserdisc, CD and DVD, Live Magic on CD and Live in Budapest on VHS and Laserdisc (later re-released and retitled as Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest on DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe editions).



Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Notes
7 June 1986 Stockholm Sweden Råsunda Stadium
11 June 1986 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
12 June 1986
14 June 1986 Paris France Hippodrome de Vincennes
17 June 1986 Brussels Belgium Forest National
19 June 1986 Leiden Netherlands Groenoordhallen
21 June 1986 Mannheim West Germany Maimarktgelände
26 June 1986 Berlin Waldbühne
28 June 1986 Munich Olympiahalle
29 June 1986
1 July 1986 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
2 July 1986
5 July 1986 Slane Ireland Slane Castle Notorious for Freddie Mercury briefly pausing the show to stop a fight between two people in the crowd (threatening to stop the show in the process), someone in the crowd throwing a cup at Brian May, and several people from the crowd pushing to the front, causing around 200 people to faint due to a lack of air.
9 July 1986 Newcastle England St. James' Park
11 July 1986 London Wembley Stadium In preparation for the filming of the Saturday concert, director Gavin Taylor and his crew covered the Friday show as a technical rehearsal.

The live rough cut made that night was released in full in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Queen - Live At Wembley Stadium in 2011. Before that around 30 minutes of the show were featured as bonus footage in the 2003 DVD release.

12 July 1986 Officially released in December 1990 with an 1 hour edit cut and as an album released on 26 May 1992. The full show was only officially released on DVD in 2003.
16 July 1986 Manchester Maine Road
19 July 1986 Cologne West Germany Müngersdorfer Stadion
21 July 1986 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
22 July 1986
27 July 1986 Budapest Hungary Népstadion It was filmed and released on home video in 1987, then re-released on Blu-ray and DVD in 2012
30 July 1986 Fréjus France Arènes de Fréjus
1 August 1986 Barcelona Spain Mini Estadi
3 August 1986 Madrid Nuevo Estadio de Vallecas
5 August 1986 Marbella Estadio Municipal de Marbella
9 August 1986 Stevenage England Knebworth Park Last performance with all four original members before Freddie Mercury's death 5 years later from complications of AIDS/HIV (Also notorious for John Deacon throwing his Bass guitar against his Bass stand at the end of the performance of 'Radio Ga Ga', a fan being fatally stabbed and a female fan giving birth midway through the show and somebody thinking it would be a good idea to shut the lights off right after the end of the show making everybody leave in full pitched night darkness.)

Tour bandEdit

Additional musicians:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Queen live on tour: Magic tour Queen Concerts. Retrieved 4 June 2011
  2. ^ a b We Will Rock You (Again)! Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 June 2011
  3. ^ Queen most loved band The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2011
  4. ^ 9 August 1986 – QUEEN LIVE Retrieved 4 June 2011
  5. ^

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