Queen’s First Public Performance: 50th Anniversary

July 18, 2020, marks the 50th Anniversary of Queen’s first proper gig at the Imperial College London in the Union Hall. It was a private showing, according to sources. Queen’s guitarist Brian May was a student at Imperial College London, studying Physics. He was part of the entertainment committee. The Union Hall was the turning for Queen, and Roger Taylor said that the Union Hall was a “positional and spiritual base for Queen.”

Through the noticeboard, Brian May recruits Roger Taylor to be part of the band as the drummer. When they met, Taylor was banging on the drums, and they clicked. They eventually started forming the group Smile, then later on Queen. 

      Freddie Mercury watched them perform. The film Bohemian Rhapsody shows an example of him meeting Brian May and Roger Taylor. Back then, Mercury was Farrokh Bulsara before legally changing his name. He eventually joined Smile/Queen.  

March 5, 2013, Performing Right Society (PRS) put up a plaque to commemorate Queen’s first proper gig. Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the event. Union president Paul Beaumont played an essential role in setting up this event. College staff and students were also present at the commemoration of Queen’s concert at the Union Hall of the Imperial College London. 

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