Rock icons Queen are to be honoured with a special commemorative plaque at the venue where they played their first concert in London.
Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor will be at Imperial College on 5 March (13) to receive the Prs for Music Heritage Award in honour of the gig they played there at the start of their careers on 18 July, 1970.
May says, "The first proper gig we did was at Imperial College in the Union Hall. I remember it very distinctly because I'd seen all sorts of people playing in there. I'd been part of the Entertainment Committee and we booked a group every Saturday night in those days. People like Spooky Tooth and Steamhammer! We booked Jimi Hendrix too. So for us it was a dream come true to actually play on that stage. It used to get packed in there so it was a major stepping stone for us."
Taylor adds, "Imperial College was effectively our positional and spiritual base and so (it) means a lot to Queen. Many good memories, without it... who knows?"
Prs for Music bosses established the Heritage Awards to recognise iconic live music venues where superstars have performed, and previous honourees include Sir Elton John, Ub40 and Snow Patrol.