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 - The Invisible Man - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.55, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 18-Oct-2021 11:37)on October 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm
QUEEN The Invisible Man (1989 UK paper label 7" vinyl single, also including Hijack My Heart, glossy card picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light wear and the vinyl appears barely played QUEEN12)
- Queen - News Of The World - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $47.95, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 08-Oct-2021 11:27)on October 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm
QUEEN News Of The World (1977 UK first press 11-track vinyl LP, their classic sixth studio album including the singles We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You and Spread Your Wings. The gatefold picture sleeve has just light shelfwear to the edges complete with the original die-cut lyric inner (showing a small seam split) while the vinyl looks barely played EMA784)
- Queen - Let Me Live - Stickered - UK - 7" picture disc - £20.00, $27.40, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 04-Oct-2021 09:14)on October 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm
QUEEN Let Me Live (1996 UK limited edition 3-track 7" Picture Disc single, including digitally remastered versions of Fat Bottomed Girls and Bicycle Race, ¾ size fold-out wraparound picture insert with superb group shot inside a hype &barcode stickered PVC outer QUEENPD24)
- Queen - Absolute Greatest - Sealed - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £225.00, $308.25, €265.50 (New Item) (arrived 05-Oct-2021 11:38)on October 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm
QUEEN Absolute Greatest (2009 UK Limited Deluxe Edition 20-track 3-LP set pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl - A joyous celebration of Queen's greatest moments, 'Absolute Greatest' charts over 21 years of making people rock, feel, sense and celebrate, with a 20-track collection including their earliest hit, 'Seven Seas of Rhye' , 'Killer Queen', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 'Radio Ga Ga', 'I Want To Break Free', 'We Are The Champions' and 'Somebody to Love', thebrooding heart pounding 'Under Pressure' [featuring David Bowie], the operatically ballistic 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and perhaps the ultimate curtain-call rock song, 'The Show Must Go On' and many more. Housed in a 12" x 12" lift-off lid picture box complete with a 16-page 12" soft back photo book and comes with exclusive access to online streaming of 20 live performances! The box remains shrinkwrap sealed from new)
- Queen - Innuendo - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £85.00, $116.45, €100.30 (New Item) (arrived 05-Oct-2021 15:44)on October 18, 2021 at 3:08 pm
QUEEN Innuendo (1991 UK 12-track LP, the fourteenth studio album by the British rock band featuring four songs specially edited for the vinyl edition - I'm Going Slightly Mad, Don't Try So Hard, The Hitman & Bijou, spot lacquered picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve shows light general wear with what appears to be an extra (2mm) chunk of card to the top edge (manufacturing fault?), whlist the vinyl looks barely played. A superb example of this classic 90s vinyl pressing PCSD115)