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