Queen‘s Brian May revealed that he has discovered an unheard pre-fame concert tape of the band recorded at London’s Imperial College. The guitarist told Classic Rock, “We’re always looking at finding stuff that is historically important. 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.”

The tape remains undated, but Queen performed at the venue several times — including a July 18th, 1970 show with original bassist Mike Grose.

May went on to say of the recording, “We were very unformed (on the tape). Hearing Freddie (Mercury) 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.'”

He and Roger Taylor are weighing their options as far as whether to release the show commercially: “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.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Queen + Adam Lambert‘s recently released Live Around The World concert film is now available to download or rent. In addition to the same tracklisting as the CD, the film includes Roger Taylor‘s”Drum Battle” with drummer son Rufus Taylor, and Brian May‘s “Last Horizon” guitar solo.
  • Roger Taylor posted on his social media platforms, “Hot on the heels of the physical release last year, this compilation of concert highlights captured the world over and chosen personally by Brian May, myself, and Adam Lambert from over 200 shows, will be available digitally to download or rent for the very first time!”

CHECK IT OUT: Queen’s original 1971 recording of “Keep Yourself Alive”: