The Magic Tour – Queen’s final in Knebworth

The Magic Tour – Queen’s final in Knebworth

On 9 August 1986, Queen performed their last show with their original lineup. The band did not perform live again until after the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury.

The Magic Tour supported the band’s album A Kind of Magic.

The band playing for an estimated 120,000 fans (some sources claim it was as high as 200,000).
At the time, it was the largest single paying audience for a UK rock concert in over ten years.

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.

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.

This is the final Queen concert ever with the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

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