Queen (band)

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Queen

Queen performing in Connecticut in 1978
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, Art rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Arena rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Glam rock, Funk rock, Dance rock, New Wave[1]
Years active

1970–present[2]

  • 1970–1991: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon
  • 1991–1997: Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon
  • 1997–present: Brian May, and Roger Taylor, and a different lead singer and bassist.
Labels EMI, Elektra, Capitol, Parlophone, Hollywood
Associated acts Queen + Paul Rodgers, Smile, The Cross, The Brian May band, Roger Taylor
Website QueenOnline.com
Members
Brian May
Roger Taylor
Past members
Freddie Mercury
John Deacon

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, and are one of the most commercially successful musical acts of all time. The band members were Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass).

Freddie Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness on November 24, 1991.[3] In 1997 John Deacon retired to spend more time with his family. The other two former members toured with Paul Rodgers from 2005 to 2009. Three of their biggest hits were "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Queen were put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.[4]

Members[change | change source]

Present Members:

  • Brian May (1970–present)
  • Roger Taylor (1970–present)

Past Members:

  • Freddie Mercury (1970–1991; his death)
  • John Deacon (1971–1997: his retirement)

Formation[change | change source]

In 1968, Brian May was at college. He decided to make a band and teamed up with two other college students called Tim Staffell and Roger Taylor. They called themselves "Smile" with Roger Taylor on drums and backing vocals, Tim Staffell on bass and lead vocals and Brian May on lead guitar and backing vocals. They did a few hits such as "April Lady". Tim Staffell became friends with another college student, Farrokh Bulsara (to be later known as Freddie Mercury) and Farrokh became a big fan of "Smile" and encouraged them a lot. Later on, Tim left "Smile" to join "Humpy Bong" and Farrokh Bulsara subsequently joined the band on lead vocals and piano. Then Farrokh came up with the name "Queen", so they changed it from "Smile" to "Queen. They then started auditions for a new bassist. None of the auditioners managed to suit the place of the new bassist, but finally in 1971, they settled on John Deacon. Queen's first album was released in 1973 and it was called "Queen" with songs such as "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and "Liar". Farrokh Bulsara changed his name to Freddie Mercury after the lyrics "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me" in "My Fairy King".

Personnel[change | change source]

Freddie Mercury - Lead and Backing Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Screams, Tambourine in live shows

Brian May - Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals, Piano, Keyboard, Toy Koto, Harp, George Formby Ukelele-Banjo

Roger Taylor - Percussion, Drums, Lead and Backing Vocals, Screams, Guitar

John Deacon - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Backing Vocals at live shows

Album Hits[change | change source]

  • Queen - Keep Yourself Alive - 1973
  • Queen II - Seven Seas of Rhye - 1974
  • Sheer Heart Attack - Killer Queen - 1974
  • A Night at The Opera - Bohemian Rhapsody - 1975
  • A Day at the Races - Somebody To Love - 1976
  • News of the World - We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions (Double A side single) - 1977
  • Jazz - Don't Stop Me Now - 1978
  • The Game - Another One Bites The Dust - 1980
  • Flash Gordon - Flash's Theme - 1980
  • Hot Space - Under Pressure - 1982
  • The Works - Radio Ga Ga - 1984
  • A Kind of Magic - A Kind of Magic - 1986
  • The Miracle - I Want It All - 1989
  • Innuendo - The Show Must Go On - 1991
  • Made in Heaven - Heaven For Everyone - 1995

Studio albums[change | change source]

References[change | change source]