Queen have unearthed a tape of one of their earliest gigs – and they may consider releasing it.
“We’re always looking at finding stuff that is historically important,” says May. “And this one tape that cropped up very recently which I am excited about, which is one of the first gigs we played in a lecture theatre at Imperial College. I didn’t even know I had the cassette.”
While May doesn’t specify the date of the Imperial College gig, the band played several shows there during their very early days, including their first ever London gig, on July 18, 1970, with original bassist Mike Grose.
“We were very unformed [on the tape],” May continues. “Hearing Freddie at that point in his development is fascinating. He had all the will and charisma and passion, but he didn’t have the opportunity to harness that voice yet. Which makes me hesitate a little bit, because I’m not sure Freddie would be that happy hearing himself at this stage. But strangely, if he were alive and sitting here at this moment, he’d probably be the same as me: ‘Oh darling, we were kids.’
“We’re debating what to do with it. A few years ago we’d have felt very protective and thought, ‘Nobody should hear this, because we’re very rough.’ But now, in the position that we are in our lives, we feel forgiving. We’re not ashamed of where we were at that time. It was us against the world.”
The brand new issue of Classic Rock features an exclusive interview with May and Taylor as the pair look back over Queen’s career – and forward to what the future holds.
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- Queen - Hot Space - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 08:07)on June 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm
QUEEN Hot Space (1982 UK 11-track vinyl LP including Under Pressure, Staying Power, Body Language & Las Palabras De Amor, complete with illustrated lyric inner, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remainsin superb condition with few signs of play EMA797)
- Queen - A Kind Of Magic - UK - tour programme - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2021 16:18)on June 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm
QUEEN A Kind Of Magic (Official 1986 UK 36-page 13½" x 9" tour programme featuring tour dates & articles, rare, candid, concert & publicity photographs, with a glossy cover. This copy still has the fan club form attached and shows just a little wear to the cover)
- Queen - A Day At The Races - 3rd - Price Attack Stickered - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $21.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 26-May-2021 11:28)on June 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm
QUEEN A Day At The Races (Early 80s UK third issue of the 1976 10-track vinyl LP, the fifth studio album from the legendary British band, including Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody To Love and Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, complete with pictureinner, 'Price Attack!' stickered glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some minor general wear and the vinyl has just the odd light signs of play, overall an excellent example EMTC104)
- Queen - Greatest Hits In Japan - Japanese - 2-disc CD/DVD set - Promo - £59.99, $84.59, €69.59 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2021 16:19)on June 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm
QUEEN Greatest Hits In Japan (Rare 2020 Japanese promo sample issue of the limited edition 12-track SHM-CD compilation album, issued to radio stations and reviewers ahead of the actual release date. Comprising a collection of their tracks as selected exclusively by their Japanese fans, including Somebody To Love, Teo Torriatte [Let UsCling Together], TheShow Must Go On, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive and more. This edition also includes a bonus NTSC All Region DVD featuring videos for the same songs including Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) recorded live at the Seibu Stadium in Tokyo on the 3rd Novermber 1982, and The March Of The Black Queen live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the 24th December 1975; with a custom stamped inner rim on each disc, housed in a thin double jewel case with picture sleeve, back inlay and promo stickered obi-strip UICY-79059)
- Queen - Flash Theme - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2021 12:23)on June 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm
QUEEN Flash Theme (1980 Japanese wide centred 'caterpillar' label 7" vinyl single, also including Football Fight, complete with the yellow movie logo picture insert with Japanese text notes & English lyrics printed on the reverse. The insert displays minimal wear whilst the vinyl shows light signs of play P-655E)