Queen – Photo of The Week
Queen. Starting off, this is one of the biggest nights for the band Queen. It’s their 1976 free concert live in Hyde Park. Before Queen hits the stage, the fans also get a free performance by Kiki Dee. Who at the time has a hit with Elton John called “Don’t Go Breaking my heart” released in June 1976. So, we’re pretty sure that she performs that song also a few others time permitting.
Followed up by a band called Supercharge – Which I’m not familiar with. Except that they are from Liverpool and had a number 3 dance hit in Australia at the time.
Up next is Steve Hillage which is someone I am familiar with through his work with the band Gong. With his psychedelic guitar work playing great covers of Donovan’s Hurdy Gurdy Man. As well as Hurdy Gurdy Glissando, Solar Music Suite and The Beatles “It’s All Too Much”. Below is the live performance to listen to. – All the tracks line up to the Hyde Park Performance and it’s good. Just sit back and visualize the performance while you’re drinking your favorite cold beverage!
The line-up of Steve’s band that day was Steve Hillage on guitar and vocals, Clive Bunker (ex Tull) on drums, Colin Bass on bass, Christian Boule on guitar, Phil Hodges on keyboards, Basil Brooks on synthesizer and Miquette Giraudy on synthesizer and vocals.
Queen Takes the stage At Hyde Park
Finally, it’s time for Queen to take the stage in front of a crowd of 150000+ fans. Starting the show off with Bohemian Rhapsody (Operatic Rock Section intro), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen (As it began). Along with Flick of The Wrist, You’re My Best Friend, Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, The March of The Black Queen. With Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son and Daughter, guitar solo, Son & Daughter (Reprise). Next is ’39, You Take My Breath Away, The Prophet’s Song (Including Death on Two Legs Tease), Stone Cold Crazy, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar and In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited.
With Freddie Mercury taking command of the music from behind his piano. It’s at this point when one lucky photographer captures Mercury on film as he’s performing “You Take My breath Away” at Hyde Park. A track that later shows up on the album “A Day At The Races”. While there are full length versions of the concert online, the sound wasn’t that great so we’re giving the video below to understand how big this moment is for the band.
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Photo Credits: Alamy – CTBJYB