The BBC Is fond of telling us that its footage of Queen at the Rainbow in 1975 is the band’s “legendary” show, while I – like many fans – was blown away by the footage of Hyde Park from the year after.
I’m sure that many in South America would tell you that Rock In Rio in 1984 was the one, while Live Aid in 85 and the Magic Tour gig att Wenbley are often cited as showing the band at the peak of their powers (which overlooks the fact that Freddie’s voice was on the wane, and some of the material was a little thin – Friends Will Be Friends after We Will Rock You? Really?).
But, I reckon I’ve found the gig that really is the best Queen footage out there: Earls Court, 1977. The only concession to punk is that Freddie’s hair is a couple of inches shorter. He’s still wearing a harlequin leotard for the most of the show. The set list is excellent: it’s the only time you’ll see them doing four of their very best songs: Brighton Rock, Death On Two Legs, You’re My Best Friend and even Millionaire’s Waltz. It’s also the » Continue Reading.