Fall 1974 was a tempestuous time on the British rock scene. Particularly if you were a guitarist.
Ariel Bender left Mott The Hoople. Mick Taylor was on his way out of The Rolling Stones. Adrian Fisher was sacked by Sparks. And Brian May, if the rumor mill was telling the truth, was about to leave Queen.
At the height of the band’s American visit, following a week of shows at the Uris Theatre on Broadway, New York, May was stricken by hepatitis, causing the band to cancel their last few appearances.
Collectors and archivists have registered a handful of surviving outtakes, but little of it sets the pulse racing — instrumental versions of “Tenement Funster,” “Flick Of The Wrist” and “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited,” and an early take of “Brighton Rock.” But the band also recorded a “new” version of the musical-hall standard “Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside.”
Farewell to "Queen of the Blues" Koko Taylor, Sam Butera and George Edwards
In 2004, Rodgers was invited to close the first Annual U.K. Music Hall of Fame Awards show with “All Right Now.” Having just played the song on “The Strat Pack” DVD, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, with Brian May, Rodgers called May to see about performing the song again at the awards show.
Paul Rodgers’ musical resume is a long and impressive one filled. From his days with Free and Bad Company to The Firm, Rodgers seemingly has the magical Top 40 touch.
Hollywood Records and Queen are launching two-year effort to reissue the entire Queen studio album catalog on vinyl LPs, plus a movie featuring the band will hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2008.
The first half of the 1970s was the golden age of the bootleg, just as it was the golden age of rock ’n’ roll.