Queen Hyde Park 1976

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Queen live in Hyde Park 1976 was a concert by the band. The concert took place on 18 September, during the hot summer of 1976. 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.[1][2] The free concert was organised by Richard Branson, an entrepreneur at the time.[3]

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 footage has leaked out to collectors, 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.[4]

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."[5]

Setlist[edit]

  1. "A Day at the Races (Intro)"
  2. "Bohemian Rhapsody (Opera and Rock Section)"
  3. "Ogre Battle"
  4. "Sweet Lady"
  5. "White Queen (As It Began)"
  6. "Flick Of The Wrist"
  7. "You're My Best Friend"
  8. "Bohemian Rhapsody (Ballad)"
  9. "Killer Queen"
  10. "The March Of The Black Queen"
  11. "Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)"
  12. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown"
  13. "Brighton Rock"
  14. "Son And Daughter (Reprise)"
  15. "'39"
  16. "You Take My Breath Away"
  17. "The Prophet's Song"
  18. "Stone Cold Crazy"
  19. "Keep Yourself Alive"
  20. "Liar"
  21. "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Queen: Full Biography". MTV.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. In the summer of 1976, they performed a free concert at London's Hyde Park that broke attendance records...
  2. ^ "Win Tickets To See Queen & Paul Rodgers; Concert Week In The Evening Standard". Evening Standard. 30 March 2005.
  3. ^ "Queen play Hyde Park". BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  4. ^ Branson, Richard (26 August 2016). "Promoting Queen and jamming with Roger Taylor". Virgin.com. Virgin Records official blog. Retrieved 26 July 2018. Beforehand, I remember Kiki Dee singing Don’t Go Breaking My Heart to a cardboard cut-out of Elton John, who couldn’t make it.
  5. ^ Hancock, David (25 September 1976). "Queen celebrate King's anniversary". Record Mirror & Disc: 10 – via https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Record-Mirror/70s/76/Record-Mirror-1976-09-25.pdf.

Coordinates: 51°30′30″N 0°09′32″W / 51.5083°N 0.1590°W / 51.5083; -0.1590