QUEEN

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 group originally consisted of Freddie Mercury, (lead vocals), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen’s initial works were chiefly glam rock, heavy metal and progressive rock orientated, however with time the band incorporated diverse and innovative styles in their music, exploring the likes of vaudeville, electronic music and funk. The band digressed from using progressive themes in their music in the mid-1970s, with more conventional and radio-friendly works bringing them greater success. Throughout the 1970s, Queen disclosed the absence of synthesisers on their albums, yet their style continued to evolve. They eventually moved away from said approach in the 1980s, reflecting their experimental approach to music.
Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to change their name to ‚Queen’. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, adopted his familiar stage name, and John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their first album. Queen enjoyed success in the UK during the early 1970s, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) that gained the band international success. The latter featured „Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK charts for nine weeks. In 1991 Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers.
The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs worldwide making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They have been honoured with seven Ivor Novello awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, the band’s record label EMI reported their worldwide album sales as over 300 million; a figure cited by numerous independent sources.

Band members:

  • Roger Taylor
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Brian May
  • John Deacon

2004-2009

  • Roger Taylor
  • Paul Rogers
  • Brian May
  • John Deacon

Queen in 1981.
From left to right: Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and John Deacon.

Discography:

  • Queen (1973) 
  • Queen II (1974) 
  • Sheer Heart Attack (1974) 
  • A Night at the Opera (1975) 
  • A Day at the Races (1976) 
  • News of the World (1977) 
  • Jazz (1978) The Game (1980) 
  • Hot Space (1982)
  • The Works (1984) 
  • A Kind of Magic (1986) 
  • The Miracle (1989) 
  • Innuendo (1991) 
  • Made in Heaven (1995)

Artistry


Musical style:


The band drew artistic influence from many other British rock bands at the time such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin. Queen composed music that drew inspiration from many different genres of music, often with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Among the genres they have been associated with are: progressive rock, hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal, pop rock, dance/disco, blues-rock and psychedelic rock. Queen also wrote songs that were inspired by genres that are not typically associated with rock, such as ragtime, opera, gospel, vaudeville and folk.
Sonic experimentation figured heavily in Queen’s songs. A distinctive characteristic of Queen’s music are the vocal harmonies which are usually composed of the voices of May, Mercury and Taylor best heard on the studio albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. Some of the ground work for the development of this sound can be attributed to their former producer Roy Thomas Baker as well as their engineer Mike Stone. Besides vocal harmonies, Queen were also known for multi-tracking voices to imitate the sound of a large choir through overdubs. For instance, according to Brian May, there are over 180 vocal overdubs in „Bohemian Rhapsody”.  Many Queen songs were also written with audience participation in mind, such as „We Will Rock You” and „We Are the Champions”.


Influence :
Queen have been recognised as having made significant contributions to such genres as hard rock and heavy metal, amongst others. Hence the band has been cited as an influence by many other musicians. Moreover, like their music, the bands and artists that have claimed to be influenced by Queen are diverse and span different generations, countries and genres.
Some of the musicians that have cited the band as an influence include: Anthrax, Ben Folds Five,  Blind Guardian, Nirvana, Def Leppard, Extreme,[ Foo Fighters, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Kansas, Keane, Lady Gaga, Manic Street Preachers, Metallica, George Michael, Mika, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Radiohead,\ Trent Reznor. Styx, The Killers and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Queen have been cited as a major influence on the „neo-classical metal” genre by Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.  Metallica recorded a cover version of „Stone Cold Crazy”, which first appeared on the Rubaiyat — Elektra’s 40th Anniversary album in 1990, and won their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1991. In the early 70s, Queen helped spur the heavy metal genre’s evolution by discarding much of its blues influence; the New Wave of British Heavy Metal followed in a similar vein, fusing the music with a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed.

I love hear Queen, it’s give me  power and energy. Positive energy!

Especially:

\”We will rock you\”

\”Radio ga ga\”

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