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 - A Night At The Opera - EX - UK - tour programme - £40.00, $50.40, €47.20 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2022 10:47)on May 24, 2022 at 11:17 pm
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Rare 1976 UK 8" x 10½" 20 page tour programme featuring biography, discography and information on each band member as well as some superb pictures. The cover has some minor discoluration from age but is otherwise really nice with the inner pages excellent. Although not mint this is still a nice example of this forty year old item)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - 180gram Red Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $37.80, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 11-May-2022 11:31)on May 24, 2022 at 11:17 pm
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (2015 UK limited edition 13-track remastered LP issue of their 1974 album now pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Red Vinyl, including Stone Cold Crazy, Now I'm Here, Killer Queen and Brighton Rock. The vinyl appears barely played and comes housed within the picture sleeve with lyric printed inner. This pressing was only available exclusively in 'The Queen Studio Collection' box set)
- Queen - A Kind Of Magic - US - 7" vinyl - Promo - £30.00, $37.80, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 09-May-2022 12:17)on May 24, 2022 at 11:17 pm
QUEEN A Kind Of Magic (1986 US white title label promotional vinyl 7" for the single release, issued exclusively to radio stations to help promote the release, and plays the same 4:23 Stereo version on both sides, within a commercial picture sleeve which is actually different to the UK release. The sleeve displays only light wear and has a small split to one edge, however, the vinyl looks barely played P-B-5590)
- Queen - Now I'm Here - Hungarian - 7" vinyl - £165.00, $207.90, €194.70 (New Item) (arrived 09-May-2022 12:54)on May 24, 2022 at 11:17 pm
QUEEN Now I'm Here (Rare 1975 Hungarian wide centred 7" vinyl single on the red & white Pepita label, also including Lily Of The Valley, housed in a unique 'cloud' picture sleeve with black lettering and blank blue reverse. The sleeve has some light signs of age wear, not surprising considering the fragile paper construction. Traditionally vinyl from this region is in poor condition however this copy remains Excellent with some light cosmetic surface marks and very little signs of play. A really nice example and the first we have seen in over ten years! SPSK70209)
- Queen - Greatest Hits: Walmart exclusive - Red & White Vinyl - Sealed - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £89.99, $113.39, €106.19 (Back In Stock) (arrived 09-May-2022 13:34)on May 24, 2022 at 11:17 pm
QUEEN Greatest Hits (2020 US Walmart exclusive limited edition 17-track double LP issue of their classic 1981 compilation album, pressed on White & Red Vinyl, including their anthemic best loved hitsBohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust, Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody To Love, We Will Rock You and more. Both vinyl discs are BRAND NEW unplayed housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its custom hype-stickered shrink)