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), has only been partially found on video.

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 in order to raise funds for the citizens who were affected by the wars raging in Cambodia as a result of the reign of Pol Pot.[1]. Although McCartney was dismayed by the idea of reuniting with his former band-mates, he organized the chain of concerts with appearances of such notable musicians and acts as Queen, The Who, Wings, McCartney's group; Elvis Costello, The Clash, and others.

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

Wing's performance on December 29th would end the group's final tour and mark the group's final concert.[2]

Setlist[3][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, bootleggers had only partial footage at their disposal; lacking parts of some songs, some of which didn't even appear at all.

Not all of the footage is available. "Jailhouse Rock", "Mustapha", and "Bohemian Rhapsody" only have a few seconds of video. However, audio sourced from audience recordings do exist. There is no official release of this concert, but with multiple videos being used in documentaries (primarily "Don't Stop Me Now"), the chances are very good.

References[edit | edit source]