“Yes Queen” is right! Take a look at these 1971 ads for Queen, playing with their brand new bassist John Deacon. (He joined in March 1971, solidifying Queen’s classic lineup.) Can you imagine a bill with Queen opening for Yes? How about Queen playing ahead of Genesis? Yep, it was all happening in 1971, also the year that Queen made its first recordings.
They also played a lot of concerts. These 1971 newspaper ads and posters give just a small idea. They were starting to headline some very small club dates, but in others, were opening for the likes of Warm Dust. (Who? Exactly.)
Oh yeah, and the ad featuring, in huge letters, “ROGER TAYLOR” as “The Legendary Drummer from Cornwall,” with his band’s name in much smaller lettering below? This August 9, 1971 show was booked, no kidding, by Roger’s mum. More here.
Bob Dylan and George Harrison rehearsing for Concert for Bangladesh, August 1 1971 at Madison Square Garden, by Barry Feinstein. Dylan would use his half of this photo as the cover for his Greatest Hits Volume II album, released in November 1971.
Janis Joplin, Hollywood 1970, by Barry Feinstein, used for the cover of 1971′s Pearl, the years 4th-best selling LP
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Belfast, 1971.
This March 5 show debuted 4 songs that would appear on Led Zeppelin IV later that year: “Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, and “Going to California”.
And maybe it’s me having grown up in a Yiddish neighborhood in Brooklyn, but Jimmy’s hat, beard, and curled forelock looking very Orthodox to me, in a good way.
David Bowie by Andy Warhol, September 1971
The Who: Keith Moon, from an unused cover shoot for 1971′s Who’s Next, by Ethan Russell. (Although not used for the album cover, many shots from this session were used for ads for the album and the “Won’t Get Fooled Again” single.)
John & Yoko 1971, by Iain McMillan, via rollingstone
Frank Zappa, Musikhalle Hamburg, November 25 1971, by Heinrich Klaffs.
(Nerd alert: many sources tag this as December, but no. See gig list here.)
BB King, recording 1971′s Live in Cook County Jail