Recently, I found a copy of a concert I’d been searching for diligently for quite a while. Honestly, all I needed to do was to go to amazon.com in the first place. How hard was that?
The concert is from 1974 at a venue in North London called the Rainbow. Apparently in their early days, Queen were all about the rock, as the sound showcased in this video was probably their hardest and heaviest as a band.
This was in the pre-synthesizer days long before they went and got all pop music on us (not that any of the later music is bad, either).
It blows my mind to see all the band members looking so young. I suppose that in 1974, they had been in existence for probably 2-3 years at the most. They had yet to record their most famous song, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Freddie Mercury’s showmanship is fully evident here, as is the top-notch musicianship of all four members of the band.
Those who are familiar only with the Queen songs played on the radio will probably recognize Killer Queen out of the 24 songs here, but the more devoted fans will find plenty to smile about.
I’ve provided a link to the CDs of the concert, as the blu ray is no longer available directly from amazon.