Remembering when Queen performed in Milton Keynes in 1982

The iconic rock band played in Milton Keynes on their Hot Space Tour.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 2:51 pm

London's loss was Milton Keynes gain, one of the most beloved rock bands of all-time filmed their open air-show in MK rather than London.

This was due to a dispute around potential noise complaints from local residents, meaning the band had to cancel plans to perform at the Highbury Stadium.

Just three years prior to the band's immortalisation at Live Aid the young rock stars are clearly nearing the height of their powers here. Brian May's hair is at its fullest and Freddie Mercury is charging round the stage in his iconic white vest.

This performance is also notable for the presence of Morgan Fisher, who played keyboards on the European leg of the tour. At the time Fisher was best known for being a member of 70s rock band, Mott the Hoople, he'd go on to be a successful photographer.

The bowl was only three years old at the time of the concert having been opened in 1979. Previous performers at the open air venue had included: Desmond Dekker and Geno Washington.

Out of 69 gigs on the tour it was ultimately the Milton Keynes show that was released years later on DVD, 'Queen on Fire - Live at the Bowl' came out in 2004.

A lot of the songs on Hot Space, the album the band were promoting, haven't stood the test of time. Queen did however, treat Milton Keynes residents to some of the classics with We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions closing the show, Bohemian Rhapsody was belted out as well, of course.

Freddie Mercury in Milton Keynes in 1982