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The Magic Tour was a concert tour by Queen. Following the release of the band's 1986 album A Kind of Magic, Queen went on a tour of 26 shows to promote their album in Europe. This would be the band's last tour with Freddie Mercury, as his declining health made further tours impossible. The tour came on the heels of Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid, which helped fuel ticket sales and reenergize the band after more than 10 years of touring.

The tour featured some of the largest venues, biggest crowds, and enthusiastic performances from the band. 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.

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).


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