Everything You Need To Know About Queen
When you think about the rock band Queen, the first person who usually comes to mind is its lead singer, Freddie Mercury, because of his incredible charisma and unforgettable voice. The singer displayed a flamboyant stage persona and had a rare four-octave vocal range, the result of a particularly large vocal cavity attributed to four extra teeth in the singer's jaw. However, the band included three other artists who each played a huge part in its success, guitarist Brian May, bass guitar player John Deacon, and drummer Roger Taylor.
Last year, the movie Bohemian Rhapsody hit the theatres, telling the story of Queen throughout the years, and bringing the band renewed popularity with the current generation. It will probably go down in history as one of the best movies of the decade. But let's look a little closer at what made Queen the great band we know today.
- People in the ’70s and ’80s would have heard this group on the radio. The British rock band was formed in 1970 as Queen, but they go back earlier. Before forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in the band Smile. When he joined them in 1970, Freddie Mercury was the one to suggest Queen as the name of the band, as well as the one who drew the logo that is pretty infamous to date.
- Freddie's real name was in fact Farrokh Bursala, and he was the band's lead vocalist from the get-go. He was born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India and lived in India before his family moved to England.
- The group played their first gig in July 1971 with their new bassist John Deacon. In the year 1973, they signed on with Trident/EMI and came out with their first hit Seven Seas of Rye. Over time the band made it into the then leading magazine Rolling Stone. When Sheer Heart Attack was a hit, they did not need to be the opening act for other bands; they were the act.
- By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Their title Another One Bites the Dust, released in 1980, became their best-selling single.
- In 1983 the Live Aid Concert organized by Bob Geldof took place in Wembley Stadium and Queen took part. The audience of over 72,000 people saw them perform alongside Cliff Richard, Elton John, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones. Of course, this was aired on television, and the viewership was huge.
- Bohemian Rhapsody was and will always be a favorite song with anyone who knows and appreciates good and amazing music. You cannot imagine what music will be without this beautiful analogy of lyrics and theatre along with harmony. The six-minute song was written by Freddy for the band's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The opera section of the song alone took about three weeks to finish but it eventually became the UK's third-best-selling single of all time.
- The group’s last tour with their frontman Freddie Mercury was in 1986, but they did not split up but did solo gigs. They came out with their compilation of The Miracle which put the band on the map with their collaborative tonality. Past hits were attributed to members of the band right from Deacon, May, Taylor, and Freddie Mercury.
- Unfortunately, in the year 1987 Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with HIV which he vehemently denied until the day he died. He continued recording with the group with albums like Innuendo in the year 1991. The man was a powerhouse and never gave up, despite the ravages of the illness.
- On November 23, 1991, Freddie wrote a statement acknowledging that he had contracted the killer disease. Unfortunately, he was also suffering from bronchial pneumonia, leaving him unable to fight the disease. His funeral took place on November 27. His single These Are the Days of Our Lives, and the re-release of Bohemian Rhapsody brought down the house on the charts. It remained on the singles chart for many weeks. The proceeds received went towards the Terrance Higgins Trust.
- Freddie Mercury was a huge part of Queen, but the rest of the band contributed a great deal as well. Because of the loss of this great and talented soul, extensive research has been compiled in Aids. Numerous programs have been created to educate people about Aids so that they understand the disease in all its forms.
- The group did not end when their lead vocalist died; they continued singing. The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert had artists like George Michael, Annie Lennox, The Who, Seal, Guns n’ Roses, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Robert Plant and others performing the greatest hits of Queen.
- Today, the band continues to tour with Paul Rodgers, Adam Lambert, Bad Company spreading the message of their music to everyone who thrives on good and clean lyrics and exquisite singing.
The new film on the band ensures that the group and its famous frontman Freddie Mercury will live on through the years as they continue to rock us with their amazing vocals and music. Estimates of Queen's record sales range from 170 million to 300 million records, positioning the band as one of the world's best-selling band. And it seems their popularity will continue through the ages.