Queen Top of the Pops performances (partially lost appearances on BBC countdown show; 1974-1982)

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Image of a lost Queen performance of Killer Queen on TopPop, the Dutch version of Top of The Pops

Status: Partially Lost

Queen is a band from London formed in 1970 with the lineup of John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor. They are known by hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Another one Bites the Dust, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, We are the Champions, and many other unforgettable songs. They were recently brought to more fame thanks to the motion picture Bohemian Rhapsody, which is built by the band's history. Lead singer of the band, Freddie Mercury, passed away after a long fight against AIDS on November 24th, 1991, one day after announcing his illness publicly.

Queen on Top of the Pops

Queen was invited to perform their song, Seven Seas of Rhye after David Bowie cancelled his own performance. They performed in the Weather studio on February 21, 1974.[1] Often times, they were on tours while Top of the Pops performances were recorded, which made it rare for Queen to appear in person as they would usually just play the promo video.

Song Air Date Status Comments
Seven Seas of Rhye Feb. 21 1974 Found Mostly in color, some color bits remain lost.
Seven Seas of Rhye Mar. 14 1974 Found Mostly black and white.
Seven Seas of Rhye Mar. 28 1974 Partially Found Most footage in color.
Killer Queen Oct. 11 1974 Found Full in color.
Killer Queen Oct. 7 1974 Found Unfortunately cropped to 16:9, very similar to previous performance with some differences. (Freddie's hands, Roger's drumstick flips, etc.)
Killer Queen Nov. 7 1974 Partially Lost Badly damaged opening (possibly degraded on purpose).
Killer Queen (Avro's TopPop) Nov. 1974 (unknown) Found Officially uploaded by TV station.
Killer Queen (Avro's TopPop) Unknown Lost Same outfits worn, performed on chroma key stage. Images
Now I'm Here Jan. 16 1975 Partially Lost Documentary rip + phone recording at 2011 Stormtroopers In Stilettos London exhibition.
Somebody To Love (Avro's TopPop, Penny De Jager's dance group) Nov. 1976 (unknown) Found Never got official release.
Somebody To Love (Legs & Co.) Nov. 1976 (unknown) Partially Found VHS recording of original airing.
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy June 16 1977 Found BBC Four rebroadcast.
Another One Bites The Dust (Legs & Co.) Oct. 1980 (unknown) Found BBC Four rebroadcast.
Under Pressure (Zoo) Nov. 19 1981 Found BBC Four rebroadcast.
Las Palabras De Amor June 17 1982 Found BBC Four rebroadcast.
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Availability

The tapes from '74-'75 supposedly were wiped from BBC's archives, despite clips of some performances being shown in some documentaries such as Days of our Lives and From Rags to Rhapsody. The majority of the Seven Seas of Rhye footage is from an extra feature on the Blu-ray release of the documentary, Days of our lives which makes it pretty likely that the footage of those 3 performances exists somewhere. One user from the Missing Episodes forum claims to have a copy of the Now I'm Here performance, but hasn't released it. The owner of a site dedicated to archiving TOTP content randomly disappeared around July 2014,[4] deleting his website which hosted high quality snippets of each Seven Seas of Rhye performance, which likely means he has the full tapes (he also has the Now I'm here performance[5]). One recent discovery shows a blog spot that has a copy of the episode featuring the third Killer Queen performance.

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