Famous concert will come with a number of bonus features
Queen have announced the release of forthcoming concert film Queen – A Night At The Odeon – Hammersmith 1975.
Simulcast live on both BBC Radio 1 and BBC 2, the famous show was the culmination of the 26-date ‘Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera’ UK tour of 1975. The group performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for the first time during this tour.
Queen – A Night At The Odeon – Hammersmith 1975 will be released November 20 on CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set and digitally via Virgin EMI. Click below to watch a trailer.
“This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV … the Christmas Show,” said Brian May in a statement. “The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully.”
As well as audio and visual footage of the gig, the DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions feature two special bonus features – ‘Looking Back At The Odeon’, a brand new 22-minute documentary featuring a previously unseen interview with May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris, plus the rarely seen Live At The Budokan – Japan 1975 footage, featuring three songs (‘Now I’m Here’, ‘Killer Queen’ and ‘In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited’) recorded during their famous tour.
Says Bob Harris of that night: “Christmas eve 1975 marked an important moment in the history of the ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ and Queen. The band were in party mood at the Hammersmith Odeon that night and no wonder. They had already spent the best part of a month at the top of the UK singles chart with the sensational ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the video for which had instantly redefined the presentation of music on TV.
“They were at the peak of their powers – confident and stage sharp at the end of a barnstorming UK tour. I donned top hat and tails to salute and introduce them before they played one of the best sets I had ever seen. It was an incredible night but it was more even than that. It was the moment Queen became superstars.”
The A Night At The Odeon – Hammersmith 1975 setlist is:
‘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’