In 1975, the band released A Night at the Opera which at the time was the most expensive album ever produced. This album was immensely popular in Britain and would go triple platinum in the United States. This album also featured the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody“. Ever heard of it?
Queen continued to enjoy unprecedented success in the coming years. They released several more albums to great critical acclaim and commercial success. Unfortunately It wasn’t to last forever. In the late 80’s, fans began to take notice of Mercury’s increasingly gaunt appearance. Despite his denials, rumors began to circulate that Mercury was suffering from AIDS. On November 23rd, 1991, in a prepared statement from his deathbed Mercury confirmed that he had AIDS. Less than 24 hours later the legendary rocker would pass away, and the world would lose one it’s most versatile musicians.
The remaining members of Queen would play together again, most notably on April 20th, 1992 at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Featured performers included [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Bowie[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Guns N Roses[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Elton John[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Metallica[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Def Leppard[/lastfm] among others. The concert was televised to over 1.2 billion people.
In 2002 Queen was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 6358 Hollywood Blvd. Check it out sometime.