Forty years ago, a recording of Queen's March 31, 1974, concert at the Rainbow in London was slated to be their third, and first live, album. But it was shelved when the band decided to return to the studio to make what would become their breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack, which included their hit single "Killer Queen."
Now that recording is being released on September 9 as Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74. The album includes both the March show and the group's subsequent performance at the Rainbow the following November, when Queen returned as bona fide stars while on tour for Sheer Heart Attack.
Live at the Rainbow ’74 includes more than a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album. Highlights of the March show include "Procession,” “Ogre Battle,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” "Seven Seas of Rhye” and a medley of “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Be Bop A Lula.” Tracks from the November show include “Killer Queen,” “Now I’m Here,” “Bring Back That Leroy Brown,” “Stone Cold Crazy” and “Big Spender.” Both sets include Brian May's stellar solo-guitar showcases from those performances.
The album will be released in double-CD and double-vinyl formats and in standard DVD and SD Blu-ray formats. Special limited-edition and digital formats are also available. The limited-edition box set includes two CDs, one featuring the March show and another featuring the November show; a DVD and SD Blu-ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from the March concert; a 60 page hardback book containing previously unseen photographs; and a wealth of additional reproduction mementoes and paraphernalia.
Queen will be touring North America, Asia and Australia this summer with virtuoso vocalist Adam Lambert. The tour kicks off June 19th at Chicago's United Center. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at queenonline.com.