Queen live at Hammersmith Odeon (partially found concert footage; 1979)

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Queen live at Hammersmith.jpg

A photo taken from the concert.

Status: Partially Found

On December 1979, a series of concerts were held at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England for the benefit of the victims of war-torn Cambodia. This series of concerts was called "Concerts for the people of Kampuchea". Queen's performance (which opened the concerts) is only partially available in video form.

Background

Then United Nations secretary general Kurt Waldheim approached Paul McCartney in the hopes of staging a reunion concert of The Beatles to raise funds for citizens affected by the wars raging in Cambodia under the reign of Pol Pot.[1] McCartney was put off by the idea of reuniting the group, though, and he instead organized a chain of concerts with appearances of such notable musicians and acts as Queen, The Who, Wings, Elvis Costello, The Clash, and others.

The concert was filmed and broadcast on BBC 1 and multiple audio recordings were made by audience members that have since appeared on bootlegs.

Setlist[2]

# Track title Video status Audio status
1 "Jailhouse Rock" Partially Found Found
2 "We Will Rock You (Fast Version)" Found Found
3 "Let Me Entertain You" Found Found
4 "Somebody to Love" Found Found
5 "If You Can't Beat Them" Partially Found Found
6 "Mustapha" Partially Found Found
7 "Death on Two Legs" Found Found
8 "Killer Queen" Found Found
9 "I'm in Love with My Car" Found Found
10 "Get Down, Make Love" Found Found
11 "You're My Best Friend" Found Found
12 "Save Me" Found Found
13 "Now I'm Here" Now I'm Here: Found

Improv, Now I'm Here (Reprise): Found

Found
14 "Don't Stop Me Now" Found Found
15 "Spread Your Wings" Partially Found Found
16 "Love of My Life" Found Found
17 "'39" Found Found
18 "Keep Yourself Alive" Lost Found
19 "Drum Solo" Lost Found
20 "Guitar Solo" Lost Found
21 "Silent Night" Lost Found
22 "Brighton Rock" Lost Found
23 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Found Found
24 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Partially Found Found
25 "Tie Your Mother Down" Found Found
26 "Sheer Heart Attack" Found Found
27 "We Will Rock You" Found Found
28 "We Are the Champions" Found Found
29 "God Save the Queen" Found Found

Availability

Despite the concert being very well known, for the longest time, bootlegs didn't account for much of the concert; some songs were only partially available, and others were missing in their entirety.

Not all footage is available. Jailhouse Rock, Mustapha, and Bohemian Rhapsody only have a few seconds of video. However, audio sourced from audience recordings do exist.[3][4] There is one official release of this concert, however, it's not a video release and it only has Now I'm Here.[5] Though multiple videos are being used in documentaries (primarily Don't Stop Me Now) the chances of one soon are very good.

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