'Sold out' said the sign on the door. Amazing, that an unknown (almost) group like Queen should sell out a gig at Imperial College. But having seen them now, I understand why.
Six months ago, when I las saw the band, they showed promise but weren't very together. This time they were very good. Their leader Freddie Mercury pranced about the small stage, waving his mike both violently and sensually as they performed numbers from their first album: most notable of which were their single Keep Yourself Alive and Son And Doughter.
The atmosphere in the hall was electric. The kids were with Queen all the way, showing a remarkable knowledge of the band's repertoire and greeting each number uproariously.
The group were musically very good, their stage presence was excellent and when you consider that the material was all their own, it was a remarkable performance for a new group. The material was far above average, and it was obvious how hard the band worked at enertaining by the tremendous rapport that was established. At the end if the set, after a couple standard rock'n' rollers to provide a fighting climax, the audience wouldn't let Queen go. They were forced on stage to do three encores until they finally had to stop - no from lack of demand, but sheer exhaustion. The funniest moment was undoubtely the first encore - Freddie's Big Spencer was done a la Shirley Bassey, and thus was outrageously camp.
On the whole it was a very good night, and a highly creditable performance, if Queen are this good on the tour with Mott the Hoople (which they start next week) Mott had better watch out, Queen could turn out to be a bit more than just a support band.