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 - Live Killers - barcoded p/s - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $21.60, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 26-Sep-2022 10:30)on September 29, 2022 at 6:03 am
QUEEN Live Killers (Early 80s UK issue of the 1979 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979, housed in the second edition barcoded gatefold picture sleeve with red & green narrative inners. The sleeve shows only a little light wear, and the vinyl has minimal signs of play, overall an Excellent example EMSP330)
- Queen - The Game - Barcoded Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.20, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 09:49)on September 29, 2022 at 6:03 am
QUEEN The Game (80s reissue of their 1980 UK issue 10-track vinyl LP, their eighth studio album including the singles Another One Bites The Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. The glossy barcoded picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear to the edges but comes with its illustrated lyric inner and the vinyl shows light signs of play EMA795)
- Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - 4pr - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $21.60, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 06-Sep-2022 12:42)on September 29, 2022 at 6:03 am
QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody (Classic 1975 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including I'm In Love With My Car, EMI company die-cut paper sleeve. The original sleeve shows the odd crease with a little light wear to opening & the vinyl remains in really nice condition with few signs of play, over 45 years on! EMI2375)
- Queen - A Night At The Opera - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $210.60, €218.40 (New Item) (arrived 09-Sep-2022 09:31)on September 29, 2022 at 6:03 am
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Archive Quality 1975 UK first press 12-track LP with picture labels & 'BLAIR'S' etched in the run-off grooves, complete with the full colour thick card picture inner with bevelled corners [tiny common split at the bottom] & the original embossed gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint with few signs of wear & play EMTC103)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - 1st + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $54.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 09-Sep-2022 09:39)on September 29, 2022 at 6:03 am
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (1974 UK first issue 13-track LP, their marvellous third studio album including Stone Cold Crazy, Now I'm Here, Killer Queen & Brighton Rock. Comes housed in the original fully laminated picture sleeve complete with the angle cut lyric inner. The sleeve is Excellent with some light shelf wear & minor ageing to the inner whilst the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with a few minor signs of play EMC3061)