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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Queen (band)

Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. The band members were Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar).

Queen publicity shot 1976

Freddie Mercury died in 1991. Six years later, John Deacon retired to spend more time with his family.

Since then, Brian May and Roger Taylor have performed under the name of Queen with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on several tours.

Queen + Adam Lambert concert at the TD Garden, Boston in July 2014


Freddie Mercury was born an Indian Parsi with the birth name Farrokh Bulsara.

Mercury was born on September 5, 1946 in the Sultanate of Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens, before moving with his family to Middlesex, England.

Zanzibar's tourism industry thrives because of Queen fans that visit the island to see Freddie Mercury's birthplace.

Farrokh Bulsara changed his name to Freddie Mercury after the lyrics "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me" in "My Fairy King".

The Queen frontman disliked being addressed as anything other than Freddie. However, he insisted that his passport name was given as Frederick Mercury.

Freddie Mercury's distinctive smile was caused by the presence of four extra teeth in his upper jaw – but the singer refused to have corrective surgery because he was worried it would adversely affect his voice.

Freddie Mercury had the most unique singing voice by having his vibrato at 7.04 Hz while the typical vibrato would fluctuate between 5.4 and 6.9 Hz.

Although Freddie Mercury was known for his large vocal range, he was actually a baritone. He didn't believe that his fans would recognize his voice unless he sang as a tenor.

Freddie Mercury in 1977

Freddie Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness on November 24, 1991.

Not long before his death, Freddie Mercury, confined to his bed, got to see an advance copy of the Wayne's World scene with Wayne and Garth headbanging to "Bohemian Rhapsody". He loved it and approved of the song's use in the film. The movie, in part, helped launch Queen's comeback in the USA.

Freddie Mercury spent his last months recording as many vocals as he could for the rest of Queen to finish after his death.


After Mercury and his family moved to the Queen singer and Brian May lived 100 yards from each other but never met until 1970.

Before joining Queen, Brian May studied Astrophysics at Imperial College in Middlesex. He finally completed his dissertation in 2007.

Brian May's father helped him build his famous guitar, but was upset when Brian abandoned his PhD program to join Queen.

May performing in Frankfurt in 2005. By Thomas Steffan Wikipedia

Brian May went on to write "We Will Rock You", "I Want It All"—and eventually A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, the thesis he finished 37 years later.


"Bohemian Rhapsody" stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and popularized the music video.

The high opera note in "Bohemian Rhapsody" was not sung by Freddie Mercury, but drummer Roger Taylor

The music video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" took four hours to film. The band arrived to the studio at 7.30 in the morning and by 11.30 they were finished and were relaxing in a local pub. The entire thing cost $2025. Meanwhile the head-banging scene in Wayne's World took ten hours to film.

Despite the video showing all Queen members singing, the five-part harmony at the start of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was all performed by Freddie Mercury

"Bohemian Rhapsody" only reached #9 on the US charts when the song was first released in 1976, but reached #2 in 1992 after Wayne's World came out

The "Stomp-stomp-clap" in Queen's "We Will Rock You" was not part of the original song; it was added to match what the crowd did at shows.

Freddie Mercury wrote "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in ten minutes, despite knowing only a few guitar chords.

Queen is the only group in the world where every member has written more than one number one single, meaning that the whole band is in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

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