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Queen is an amazing British Rock Band.

Gabby Sienes

on 30 May 2014

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Legendary Rock Band

Queen is a British rock band from
1971. Queen's early works were influenced
by progressive rock, but the band ventured
into more conventional and radio-friendly
works incorporating more diverse and
innovative styles to their music. Originally
consisting of Freddie Mercury (Piano,vocals),
Brian May
(Guitar,vocals), John Deacon (Bass,vocals),
Roger Taylor (Drums,vocals).
They influenced artists such as, Lady Gaga,
Katy Perry, Muse, Nirvana, My Chemical
Romance, Metallica, Guns 'N Roses,
Green Day, Journey, fun, Foo Fighters, Radio Head
and Panic at the Disco.
The band released 18 number one
albums, 18 number one singles and
10 number one DVDs. Estimates
of their album sales generally range
from 150 million to 300 million
albums, making them one of the
world's best-selling music artists.
They received a Lifetime Achievement
Award from the British Phonographic
Industry in 1990 and were inducted
in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
2001. The latest project involving
Queen will be a DVD that will be released
around 2012 and it will feature never before
seen footage, the filming of their music videos
and interviews.
How successful are they?
When were they formed?
In 1968, Brian May and Tim Staffell, both students at Imperial College,
decided they wanted to form a group. Brian placed an advertisement on the
college notice board for a "Ginger Baker type" drummer, and a
young medical student called Roger Taylor auditioned and got the job.
They called the group Smile. Smile were signed to Mercury Records in 1969,
and had their first experience of a recording studio in
Trident Studios that year. Tim Staffell was at Ealing College of Art with
Freddie Bulsara, and introduced him to the band.
Freddie soon became a keen fan. Sadly, in 1970 Smile decided to call it a day,
as nothing seemed to be happening for them. Tim went off and joined a band called Humpy Bong, and Freddie left his band
Wreckage and joined up with Brian and Roger - it had all begun.
Freddie Mercury's Death
In the Easter of '87 Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS. At that time Mercury claimed in an interview to have tested negative for HIV.Despite the denials, the British press pursued the rampant rumours over the next few years, fuelled by Mercury's increasingly gaunt appearance, Queen's absence from touring, and reports from former lovers to various tabloid journals – by 1990 the rumours about Mercury's health were rife. On February 18,1990, Mercury made his final public appearance with the rest of the band members of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution of Music.
On 22 November 1991, Mercury called Queen's manager Jim Beach over to his Kensington home, to discuss a public statement. The next day, 23 November he confirmed that he indeed has AIDS. A little over 24 hours after issuing that statement, Mercury died on the evening of 24 November 1991 at the age of 45, at his home in Kensington. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. The news of his death had reached newspaper and television crews by the early hours of 25 November.
Written by the bass player, John Deacon,
the song featured on the group's eighth studio album.
"The Game" (1980). This song was a worldwide hit charting No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, No.2 on RnB charts and the Disco Top 100, and No.7 on UK singles chart.
This song is the Queen's best-selling single,
selling over 7 million copies. This song is ranked no. 34 in Billboard's All Time Top 100.
Another One Bites The Dust
Somebody To Love
Written by Mercury at the piano, "Somebody to Love" is a soul-searching piece that questions God's role in a life without love. Through voice layering techniques, Queen was able to create the soulful sound of a 100 voice choir, with that of only three voices; Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor. Deacon did not sing on the album’s track. Mercury’s fascination and admiration for Aretha Franklin was a major influence for the creation of this song.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is a song by the rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track featured on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band's compilation album, Greatest Hits. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. on 23 February 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks.Having composed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on guitar, Mercury played rhythm guitar while performing the song live, which was the first time he played guitar in concert. Queen played the song live between 1979 and 1986, and a live performance of the song is recorded in the albums Queen Rock Montreal and Queen at Wembley. Since its release, the song has been covered by a number of artists. The song was played live on 20 April 1992 during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, performed by Robert Plant with Queen. The style of the song was described by author Karl Coryat as rockabilly in his 1999 book titled The Bass Player Book.
Bohemian Rhapsody
When it was released as a single, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. It reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time. It topped the charts in several other markets as well, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and The Netherlands, later becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. In the United States the song originally peaked at number nine in 1976; however, it returned to the chart at number two in 1992 following its appearance in the film Wayne's World which revived its American popularity. Recently, it was regarded as the
greatest rock single of all time.
Killer Queen
"Killer Queen" is a song by British rock band Queen. Written by pianist and lead singer Freddie Mercury, it featured on their 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack, and also appears on the band's compilation album, Greatest Hits. When released as a single, "Killer Queen" was Queen's breakthrough hit, reaching number two in the UK and number 12 in the United States. It was released as a double A-side in the UK, the US and Canada (where it reached number 15 in the RPM 100 national singles chart), with the song "Flick of the Wrist". In 1986, it was featured as the B-side to "Who Wants to Live Forever".
Mercury commented that he wrote the lyrics first before adding the musical arrangements. The recording features elaborate four-part harmonies (particularly in the choruses, and also providing backing parts in the verses), and also an elaborate multitracked guitar solo by Brian May, including use of the "bell effect". The song, in the first line, mentions the phrase "Let them eat cake", a phrase attributed to Marie Antoinette: Let them eat cake, she said; Just like Marie Antoinette.
I Want To Break Free
"I Want to Break Free" is a song by the British rock band Queen, which was written by its bassist John Deacon. The song was featured on the Queen's 1984 album The Works and distributed as a single on 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl records and 3-inch and 5-inch CDs. The song had three versions: album, single and extended, differing in length by a more than a factor of 2. It was included in most live concerts by the group, in several videos, and in The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.The song is largely known for its music video for which all the band members dressed in women's clothes, a concept proposed by Roger Taylor, which parodied the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. The second part of the video included a composition rehearsed and performed with the Royal Ballet and choreographed by Wayne Eagling. Whereas the parody was acclaimed in the UK, it was considered controversial in the US and banned by MTV and other stations. After its release in 1984 the single of the song was well received all over Europe and South America, where it was listed within top ten and regarded as an anthem of fight against oppression. The single reached only the 45th position in the US charts, but reached number 3 in the UK and was certified gold with 400,000+ copies sold.
Don't Stop Me Now
"Don't Stop Me Now" is a song by English rock group Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz. Written by vocalist Freddie Mercury, it was recorded in August/September 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes), France, and is the twelfth track on the album.
Musically, the song is based around Mercury's piano playing, with John Deacon and Roger Taylor providing a bass guitar and drums backing track. The song also provides an example of Queen's trademark style of multitrack harmony vocals for the chorus lines.
On the studio version, Brian May's only guitar playing is in his guitar solo, but on live versions performed on the band's 1979 Jazz and Crazy tours, May would also play rhythm guitar throughout the rest of the song to give more of a rock feeling to it. A live version of the song features in the band's 1979 album Live Killers. The song also appears in the band's 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits, and in June 2011, as part of Queen's 40th anniversary celebrations, an old take of the song containing more guitar parts was included on the bonus EP of the re-released and remastered Jazz album.
Queen Facts
Just 6 weird and awesome Queen Facts.
Brian May's guitar is 200 years old.
This is true in a way because he and his dad
built it from scratch using a 200-year-old tree.
Queen Fact #1
Some teenagers actually think Queen copied
Justin Bieber's Somebody To Love, to the point
that one of them sued the remaining members of Queen but failed because the lawyer thought it was outrageous.
Queen Fact #2
Queen Fact #3
Almost all of Queen's concerts are sold out on the first 3 days, the latest is 1 week. Their live performance at Wembley Stadium was voted as "The best gig of all time" (2005).
The Rock in Rio also saw success as 250,000 people came just to see Queen and stayed until they performed, after that they left.
Freddie Mercury was in the bathtub when he got inspired to write the song "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". He had his piano moved beside the tub to start composing.
Queen Fact #5
When Queen heard their single, "Bohemian Rhapsody"
was top 1, they were in the elevator. They started jumping
up and down then the elevator stopped. Mercury stated,
"We thought we were going to suffocate in that damned elevator."
Queen Fact #6
*Note: This presentation
is best viewed on full screen.
Trust me, I made this.
Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Are the Champions". In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.
Brian May
Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician and astrophysicist most widely known as the guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer of the rock band Queen. As a guitarist he uses his home-built guitar, "Red Special", and has composed hits such as "Tie Your Mother Down", "I Want It All", "We Will Rock You", "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Who Wants to Live Forever".
He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for "services to the music industry and his charity work". May earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007 and is currently the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. May currently resides in Surrey.
In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the 7th greatest guitarist of all time. He was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Roger Meddows Taylor
Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949), known as Roger Taylor, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the drummer, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of British rock band Queen. As a drummer he is known for his "big" unique sound and is considered one of the most influential rock drummers of the 1970s and '80s. As a songwriter, Taylor contributed songs to the band's albums from the very beginning, composing at least one track on every album, and (in the early days) usually sang lead vocals on his own compositions.
John Deacon
John Richard Deacon (born 19 August 1951) is a retired English multi-instrumentalist and song writer, best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen. Of the four members of the band, he was the last to join and also the youngest, being only 19 years old when he was recruited by the other members of the band. Deacon wrote a number of Queen's hit singles, including "You're My Best Friend", "Spread Your Wings", "Back Chat", "I Want to Break Free", and the band's biggest selling single in the United States, "Another One Bites the Dust", as well as a number of album tracks.
"I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend."
-Freddie Mercury
"I just want to play as fast as my brain goes, and my brain
doesn't go fast at all."
-Brian May
"There's something rather nice about spending the night
hitting things (drums)."
-Roger Taylor
"Our albums just tend to be a collection
of songs because we ALL write. All four of us."
-John Deacon
"Radio Ga Ga" is a 1984 song performed and recorded by the British rock band Queen, written by their drummer Roger Taylor. It was released as a single with "I Go Crazy" by Brian May on the original B-side Works. The song also features on the band's compilation albums, Greatest Hits II, and Classic Queen.
The single was a worldwide success for the band, reaching number one in 19 countries, number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. The band performed the song at every concert from 1984 to their last with Mercury in 1986, with their most notable performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Radio Ga Ga
We Will Rock You
"We Will Rock You" is a song written by Brian May and recorded and performed by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World. Rolling Stone ranked it number 330 of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004, and the RIAA placed it at number 146 on its list of Songs of the Century. In 2009, "We Will Rock You" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Other than the last 30 seconds containing a guitar solo by May, the song is generally set in a cappella form, using only stomping and clapping as a rhythmic beat. In 1977, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were issued together as a worldwide top ten single. The two songs are often played back to back on many classic rock radio stations without announcer interruption. The vocals for both songs were performed by Freddie Mercury.
We Are The Champions
"We Are the Champions" is a power ballad written by Freddie Mercury and recorded and performed by British rock band Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.One of their most famous and popular songs, it remains among rock's most recognisable anthems.
The song was a worldwide success, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.In 2009, "We Are the Champions" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and was voted the world's favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest in the history of popular music.
"We Are the Champions" has become an anthem for sporting victories, including as official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup, and has been often used or referenced in popular culture. The song has also been covered by many artists.
The wave form of Bohemian Rhapsody, showcasing the vast differences of the song.
"Play the Game" is a song by British rock band Queen, written by Freddie Mercury. It is the first track on the first side of their 1980 album The Game. It commences with a series of overlapping rushing noises on an Oberheim OB-X synthesizer, heralding the band's acceptance of electronic instruments into their once explicitly "no synths" sonic repertoire. They played it in their live shows from 1980 to 1982. The single was a hit in Queen's home country reaching #14 in the charts. In America, however, it gained small response at reaching only #42.
The song features a soft vocal by Mercury including a strong G4 rising in pitch all the way to C5 in chest voice, contrary to the other C5s being hit in falsetto. He also played piano on the track.
Play The Game
"Stone Cold Crazy" is a song by English rock band Queen from their successful 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack. The song is the eighth track on the album. Although the song was never released as a single, it was played live at almost every Queen concert between 1974­–78. "Stone Cold Crazy" also features on the band's 1992 compilation album, Classic Queen.
The song credit is shared between all the members of the band, although Freddie Mercury played it with his band Wreckage before Queen was created in the late 1960s. It was the first song Queen performed live in 1970, but it underwent many changes musically and lyrically before getting recorded, resulting in credit going to the entire band. Early versions of the song were much slower, according to the band, although no bootlegs exist. "Stone Cold Crazy" is known for its fast tempos and heavy distortion, thus being a precursor to speed metal. Music magazine Q described "Stone Cold Crazy" as "thrash metal before the term was invented". In 2009, it was named the 38th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. The song is featured in the music video games Guitar Hero: Metallica and Rock Revolution, as well as downloadable content for Rock Band 3 and Rocksmith.
Stone Cold Crazy
On September 5, 2011, a birthday tribute for Freddie Mercury was released commemorating what should've been the singer's 65th birthday. There were two videos, one from the official Queen channel and one from Google.
Freddie Mercury Birthday Tribute
Under Pressure
"Under Pressure" is a 1981 song recorded by Queen and David Bowie, featured on Queen's 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also number 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.The song was played live at every Queen concert between 1982–1986.It is recorded on the live albums Queen Rock Montreal and Queen at Wembley.The song was included on some editions of Queen's first Greatest Hits compilations, such as the original 1981 Elektra release in the US. It is included on the band's compilation albums Greatest Hits II, Classic Queen, and Absolute Greatest as well as the compilation Best of Bowie.
Queen Fact #4
You don't have to listen care fully to hear the
great resemblance between Under Pressure
(Queen's Song) and Ice Ice Baby
(Vanilla Ice's Song) has. It is a known fact
that Vanilla Ice actually used the bass line of Under Pressure and added one, just ONE, note to "change" it. He may have a catchy tune but it's still a rip off. And so the remaining members of Queen sued, and won.
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