Queen Schedule Release Date for ‘A Night at the Odeon: Hammersmith 1975′
A classic Queen concert is coming home in time for Christmas.
Queen – A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975, a heavily bootlegged set that captures the final date of the band's U.K. tour in support of their 1975 album A Night at the Opera, is scheduled make its official arrival on multiple formats Nov. 20. The show, which marked the live debut of the band's "Bohemian Rhapsody" while the song was in the midst of its nine-week reign atop the U.K. charts, remains a pivotal moment in Queen's history.
"This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV … the Christmas Show," guitarist Brian May reflected in a press release. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."
Plans call for Queen – A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975 to be released on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, vinyl and digital formats, as well as a super-deluxe box set edition. Audio formats feature three additional tracks recorded by the band's sound team after the film crew packed up before the show was completely finished. Though recordings have circulated among fans for years, this marks Odeon's home market debut — and a recent screening served as the first time May had watched the footage in years.
It was very weird," he told Rolling Stone after watching the footage. "It seems like watching another person, that young boy. I look so thin! I look very serious and the body language is so different now – I was quite shy in those days. There was a lot of noise and energy in the playing, but my body is different from the way I am now. These days I feel a channel in the body towards the noise that's coming out, but in those days it looks like it just comes from nowhere."
Recalling "a lot of adrenaline" and "a lot of joy" at the date despite an illness that had befallen drummer Roger Taylor, who he thinks threw up after the gig, May bemusedly contrasted the crowd in A Night at the Odeon with the concertgoers the band sees today. "In those days, people went to a rock show to listen – and to jump about and scream and shout, but not to sing every word like they do now," he observed. "And there's nobody with mobile phones in the audience, nobody doing selfies – how weird is that?"
Queen, A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975 is available for pre-order now. Check out the complete track listing below.
Queen, 'A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975' Track Listing
"Now I'm Here"
"White Queen (As It Began)"
"The March of the Black Queen"
"Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)"
"Bring Back That Leroy Brown"
"Son and Daughter"
"Keep Yourself Alive"
"In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited"
"Jailhouse Rock Medley"
"Seven Seas of Rhye"
"See What a Fool I've Been"
"God Save the Queen"
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