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On 24 August Queen begin what is commonly referred to as 'The Works' Tour, in Brussels, Belgium. It entails twenty-three shows at fourteen different venues in seven countries across Europe, where the new album has already been a huge success. 

Another new lighting rig is designed for the tour, bigger and more spectacular than before, and a new keyboard player is bought into the fold - Spike Edney. As well as keyboards and piano he also plays guitar on 'Hammer To Fall', and he will remain in the 'Queen Family' through this tour and to the last Knebworth gig in 1986, and beyond.
During ‘Radio Ga Ga’ everyone in the audience unites to recreate the synchronised handclapping which features in the promo video. An incredible sea of arms are seen to clap twice above the respective heads, and then thrust into the night sky with clenched fists. This would occur at every subsequent live performance.

After the European tour, the band then commence a series of nine shows in October at the Super Bowl in Sun City situated in Bophuthatswana, South Africa. Although the concerts are seen by some as a controversial move, the band defended their actions, saying they were a non-political band and that they played to the people who wanted to see them and to a mixed race audience, and not to be supporting a political system.

San Remo Song Festival
Fri 3rd Feb – Italy, San Remo

Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival
Sat 12th May – Switzerland, Montreux

The Works European Tour
Fri 24th Aug – Belgium, Brussels, Forest Nationale
Tue 28th Aug – Ireland, Dublin, Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds
Wed 29th Aug – Ireland, Dublin, Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds
Fri 31st Aug – UK, Birmingham, NEC
Sat 1st Sept – UK, Birmingham, NEC
Sun 2nd Sept – UK, Birmingham, NEC
Tue 4th Sept – UK, London, Wembley Arena
Wed 5th Sept – UK, London, Wembley Arena
Fri 7th Sept – UK, London, Wembley Arena
Sat 8th Sept – UK, London, Wembley Arena
Tue 11th Sept – Germany, Dortmund, Westfallenhalle
Fri 14th Sept – Italy, Milan, Sportspalace
Sat 15th Sept – Italy, Milan, Sportspalace
Sun 16th Sept – Germany, Munich, Olympiahalle
Tue 18th Sept – France, Paris, Omnisports
Thu 20th Sept – Holland, Leiden, Groenoordhalle
Fri 21st Sept – Belgium, Brussels, Forest Nationale
Sat 22nd Sept – Germany, Hannover, Europhalle
Mon 24th Sept – Germany, Berlin, Deutchlandhalle
Wed 26th Sept – Germany, Frankfurt, Festhalle
Thu 27th Sept – Germany, Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
Sat 29th Sept – Austria, Vienna, Stadthalle
Sun 30th Sept – Austria, Vienna, Stadthalle

The Works South Africa Tour
Fri 5th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Sat 6th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Sun 7th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Fri 12th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Sat 13th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Sun 14th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Thu 18th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Fri 19th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl
Sat 20th Oct – South Africa, Bophuthatswana, Sun City, Super Bowl


Text taken from the forthcoming revised and updated edition of Queen Live: A Concert Documentary, by Greg Brooks & Gary Taylor

For further information on Queen live shows visit: www.queenconcerts.com

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