Queen's Brian May revealed that he has discovered an unheard pre-fame concert tape of the band recorded at London’s Imperial College. The guitarist told Classic Rock, “We're always looking at finding stuff that is historically important. And this one tape that cropped up very recently which I am excited about, which is one of the first gigs we played in a lecture theatre at Imperial College. I didn't even know I had the cassette.”
The tape remains undated, but Queen performed at the venue several times — including a July 18th, 1970 show with original bassist Mike Grose.
May went on to say of the recording, “We were very unformed (on the tape). Hearing Freddie (Mercury) at that point in his development is fascinating. He had all the will and charisma and passion, but he didn't have the opportunity to harness that voice yet. Which makes me hesitate a little bit, because I'm not sure Freddie would be that happy hearing himself at this stage. But strangely, if he were alive and sitting here at this moment, he'd probably be the same as me: 'Oh darling, we were kids.'”