“A Picnic by The Serpentine” – The Legacy of Queen’s 1976 Concert at Hyde Park
Fan Feature by Nathan Hodges
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
NEWS PROVIDED BY
On Saturday 18th September 1976, Queen performed a show at London’s Hyde Park. It was a massive free concert organised with the help of entrepreneur Richard Branson (creator of Virgin Records) as a gesture for the British fans for their loyalty and support especially during the last year due to the massive success of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and A Night at the Opera.
The concert which was organised on the sixth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, was attended by at least 150,000 though it’s also estimated that as high as 200,000 may have been present.
The show reinforced their position as one of the world’s best and most popular rock bands with the concert having an effect on both Queen’s fans and members with Brian May himself later recalling; “I think that Hyde Park was one of the most significant gigs in our career.
There was a great affection because we’d kind of made it in a lot of countries by that time, but England, was still, you know we weren’t really sure if we were really acceptable here. So, it was a wonderful feeling to come back and see that crowd and get that response.”
Click below to read Nathan's full feature on Queen's now legendary Hyde Park show back in 1976.
September 20, 2019 6:57am ET by Pressparty