On this day in 1973….

….new EMI signings Queen played a showcase gig for their new record label at the Marquee in London…..

…Queen on a Monday, but I’m going to see Strider on Thursday!

Here’s the story from udiscover

Queen have been a worldwide rock institution for so long that it’s strange to think of the day that EMI Records launched them, but that date was 43 years ago exactly. After signing with the label in November 1972, the month the band started work on a debut album during “down time” at Trident Studios, Queen played their first gig after concluding their deal with the record company at the Marquee Club in London on Monday, 9 April, 1973.

The band’s very first gig had come fully two years before, at Hornsey Town Hall, the first of countless date at which Freddie, Brian, Roger and John honed their reputation, even as each of them pursued other interests outside music. During the year of 1972, Queen began to turn heads in the industry, leading engineers Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony to recommend them to their employers at Trident Audio Productions.

A production, management and publishing deal was duly agreed, and the band’s demo tape was circulated around the business. By February 1973, Queen were recording their first session for BBC Radio 1, at Maida Vale Studios, for the Sounds Of The Seventies programme. With Radio 1 producer Bernie Andrews, they taped four songs, ‘Keep Yourself Alive,’ ‘My Fairy King,’ ‘Doing All Right’ and ‘Liar.’

That session was broadcast ten days later to great public response, which was enough to convince EMI, already interested in the band, to sign them. The Marquee showcase duly made a strong impression, including on Trident’s Ken Scott, who was in the audience that night. Well known for his production work with David Bowie, he later said of the gig: “My view now is exactly as it was then: ‘Wow.’”

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