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 - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $129.20, €106.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 08-Mar-2021 18:53)on March 9, 2021 at 4:34 am
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (1975 UK first press 12-track LP, with picture labels & 'BLAIRS' scratched into the run-off area, their fourth studio album including the classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody, housed in the original embossed gatefold picture sleeve with picture inner with diagonal cut corners. The sleeve shows just a little light storage wear and minor foxing on the inner gatefold, whilst the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play. A nice example EMTC103)
- Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £40.00, $54.40, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 02-Mar-2021 08:55)on March 9, 2021 at 4:34 am
QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody (1975 Japanese wide centred 7" vinyl single, also including I'm In Love With My Car, unique multi-pictured insert with Japanese text biography & lyrics on the reverse P-1430E)
- Queen - Somebody To Love - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.60, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 15:45)on March 9, 2021 at 4:34 am
QUEEN Somebody To Love (1976 UK 7" vinyl single with 'crest' picture labels & four prong centre, also featuring White Man, plain die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is Excellent with just light evidence of play EMI2565)
- Queen - News Of The World - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $47.60, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 11:38)on March 9, 2021 at 4:34 am
QUEEN News Of The World (1977 UK first press 11-track LP, complete with the original die-cut lyric inner. The gatefold picture sleeve shows minimal wear with a little edge scuffing with the odd thin edge split to the inner, a common occurence, &the vinyl is nice & clean & in Excellent condition with just a few faint hairlines not affecting play EMA784)
- Queen - We Are The Champions + p/s - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 16:32)on March 9, 2021 at 4:34 am
QUEEN We Are The Champions (1977 UK 7" single with 'crest' labels & four prong centre, also featuring the classic We Will Rock You, flipback card picture sleeve. The sleeve does show visible ringwear and creasing but no tears or rips & the vinylis excellent with just the lightest evidence of play EMI2708)