Queen live at Hammersmith Odeon (partially lost 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[edit | edit source]

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 with his former band-mates, 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][edit | edit source]

# Track title
1 "Jailhouse Rock" (incomplete video)
2 "We Will Rock You (Fast Version)"
3 "Let Me Entertain You"
4 "Somebody to Love"
5 "If You Can't Beat Them"
6 "Mustapha" (incomplete video)
7 "Death on Two Legs"
8 "Killer Queen"
9 "I'm in Love with My Car"
10 "Get Down, Make Love"
11 "You're My Best Friend"
12 "Save Me"
13 "Now I'm Here"
14 "Don't Stop Me Now"
15 "Spread Your Wings"
16 "Love of My Life"
17 "'39"
18 "Keep Yourself Alive"
19 "Drum Solo"
20 "Guitar Solo"
21 "Silent Night"
22 "Brighton Rock"
23 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
24 "Bohemian Rhapsody" (incomplete video)
25 "Tie Your Mother Down"
26 "Encore"
27 "Sheer Heart Attack"
28 "We Will Rock You"
29 "We Are the Champions"
30 "God Save the Queen"

Availability[edit | edit source]

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.

References[edit | edit source]