July 27, 1986: Queen Rock Budapest!
Queen were one of the few bands from Western Europe to perform in the Eastern Bloc during th Cold War. Queen's concert in Budapest on the 27th of July 1986 was the biggest by a western group behind the 'Iron Curtain', and is still the largest rock show staged at the Nepstadion to this day.
Queen's concerts in Czechoslovakia and the USSR were reportedly discussed at one point, but this show in Hungary ended up being the only eastern stop on the tour, the 1986's 'Magic Tour'. A few years earlier the band had tried to get permission to perform in the USSR and failed. In a 1985 interview on Australian TV, Freddie Mercury quipped, "They thought we'd corrupt their youth or something”.
The band travelled from Vienna to Budapest down the Danube river on a hydrofoil, apparently the one last used by Mikhail Gorbachev.
The concert was filmed by 17 of Hungary's top cameramen, including the state filming corporation, MaFilm. The film footage was quickly edited, as the "Hungarian Rapsody: Queen Live In Budapest".
Here the setlist of the concert:
One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Tear It Up, A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust, Who Wants To Live Forever, I Want To Break Free, impromptu, guitar solo, Now I'm Here, Love Of My Life, Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt, Is This The World We Created?, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Hello Mary Lou, Tutti Frutti, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen.