LIVE IN HYDE PARK 1976
2 CD & 2DVD
Review from WIKIPEDIA.
Queen live in Hyde Park 1976 was a concert by
the band Queen. The concert took place on 18 September 1976 in Hyde Park,
London. It was part of a brief summer tour of the UK by the band; they also
played in Edinburgh and Cardiff on this tour.
The Hyde Park gig was a free concert, which
drew in a crowd of over 150,000, which was one of the largest audiences for
any concert in London. The free concert was organised by Richard Branson, an
entrepreneur at the time. The band intended to perform their usual encores
of Now I'm Here, Big Spender and Jailhouse Rock, but the show had run a half
hour past its scheduled ending time (a curfew strictly enforced by the
authorities). The police threatened to arrest the band if they tried to went
back on stage to play the encores, and Freddie was later quoted saying how
he would prefer not to be stuck in a jail cell in his leotard, so the show
was over after In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited.
There is more than one audio source of this
concert as well as a video. According to Roger Taylor, the drummer of Queen,
the complete show was supposed to be shown on TV in early 1977 but was never
aired. Since then, the full show has leaked out to the Internet, though in
terrible quality. Over the years, some of the footage has been shown in
various documentaries and there are rumors of a future official release. The
2011 reissue of A Day at the Races includes a performance of "You Take My
Breath Away" from this date.
The rest of the day's music was provided by
The Kiki Dee Band, Supercharge, The Rich Kids (not to be confused with Midge
Ure's band of the same name), Broken Wreck Chords and Steve Hillage. Elton
John did not appear duetting with Kiki Dee for "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".
She sang to a 2/3 life-sized cardboard cut-out of Elton instead.
A post-concert review by Record Mirror linked the performance, and especially Brian May's appearance and style, to the death of Jimi Hendrix, exactly six years earlier on 18 September 1970, but stating that "Queen aren't Hendrix,...they're Freddie Mercury."
The concert was shot on videotape, then kinescoped onto 16 mm film. Reportedly, the film negatives have been damaged. However, snippets from a high quality videotape source appeared on the A Night at the Opera 30th Anniversary DVD.