Queen’s legendary Christmas Eve 1975 gig at the London Hammersmith Odeon is coming to DVD at long last on November 20.
Brian May, who was on hand at the film premiere in London on October 8, recalled the event fondly, though he found the experience of watching himself a little odd.
“It was very weird,” May told Rolling Stone. “It seems like watching another person, that young boy. I look so thin! I look very serious and the body language is so different now—I was quite shy in those days.”
The concert was the final date of Queen’s A Night at the Opera U.K. tour, which marked the live debut of the band’s celebrated track “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The song, then on a nine-week run at the top of the U.K. charts, was presented onstage as a medley with “Killer Queen” and “The March of the Black Queen,” as the band was unable to performance the intricate multiple-vocal middle section of “Bohemian Rhapsody” effectively onstage.
“We’ve never played ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in full, because the middle bit is a little work of art,” May says. “It’s something that’s painted on a canvas and you can’t really reproduce that—or, at least, we prefer not to try [recreating] the operatic bits.
“It’s a choice we made early on; we thought, ‘We don't want to be standing there trying to reproduce 140 voices in the studio.’ You can’t really pretend you're doing that onstage.”
Queen: A Night at the Odeon, Hammersmith 1975 will be available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, vinyl, digitally and in a super-deluxe box set version. The audio release will feature three additional tracks that were performed after the camera stopped rolling prior to the band’s second encore.
You can watch the medley of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen” and “March of the Black Queen” below, along with the trailer for Queen: A Night at the Odeon, Hammersmith 1975.