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Early Queen Gig.. December 20, 1972, The band performed at The Marquee in London, England gallery

30/03/2021   freddiemercuryonline   0

Early Queen Gig.. December 20, 1972, The band performed at The Marquee in London, England

Trident set this show up as Queen’s first as a “signed” band. ‘Fantasy’ was the opening act. A member of that band, Peter James, recalls:

“The flier for the 20th just says two groups. If this was Queen’s first Marquee gig, I’m sure it’s us who played with them though I could never remember the date. It was a joint promotion gig. We had our first album out on Polydor. We went on first.”

Queen were second on the bill. The main act was Sparks.

These pictures were all taken by Doug Puddifoot. The fifth one was used for the front cover of Queen’s self-titled debut album, and the last one was used for the insert in the final Queen album, Made In Heaven.

Considering the circumstances around the latter (i.e. being well aware that the album would be their last), it was probably no coincidence that the remaining members of the band decided to bookend things by selecting a picture from the same show as the shots that were used for their debut album.

Some of the concert pictures on the back cover of Queen’s debut album were taken at this show, as revealed by Brian May on his blog in 2009.

A recording of this show is reportedly collecting dust in the band’s archives after being purchased from a private collector. But it may be just one of a plethora of early recordings. It has been said that Queen’s first front of house sound tech, John Harris, recorded all of the early Queen gigs from day one.

Here’s the amazing setlist:
Great King Rat, Son And Daughter, Jesus, Doing All Right, Ogre Battle, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, Jailhouse Rock, Bama Lama Bama Loo

Freddie and Roger during “The Game Tour” in North American, 1980.|/gallery||

23/03/2021   freddiemercuryonline   0

Freddie and Roger during “The Game Tour” in North American, 1980.

“Me and Freddie… he was my closest friend and we were very, very close. We came up together and we literally lived in each other’s pockets and clothes some of the time!” — Roger Taylor.

— photos scanned by myself from Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs.

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Queen performed at The Aladdin Theatre ||gallery ||

21/03/2021   freddiemercuryonline   0

December 15, 1977 – Queen performed at The Aladdin Theatre for The Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 🇺🇸 “News of the World” Tour

The entire first floor of the building was a casino. The band’s limos had no alternative but to drive through between the rows of slot machines to get to the theatre in the back!

This gig in Las Vegas was one of the shows Bob Harris and his crew had intended to film for his proposed documentary, but it’s uncertain if any of the footage has been seen

In 2001 Brian May recalled how his guitar didn’t work for his trademark solo for We Will Rock You at the beginning of the show.