Past Masters: Queen

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Introducing the PAST MASTERS, putting a spotlight on bands who shook the very foundation of the music world and influenced millions of people worldwide. Artists who can genuinely make the claim to be one of the GREATEST BANDS EVER. To introduce this segment, we’ve chosen a group whose music appealed across an immensely broad spectrum…

QUEEN

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With so many legendary tunes, our choice for the inaugural edition of Past Masters had to be [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Queen[/lastfm]. Let’s begin, shall we?

  • The Rise of Queen – Want to learn more about how Queen got to the top? Then click on to learn about their meteoric rise to fame.
  • The Legacy of Queen – Interested in knowing what sort of impact Queen left on the music world? Then this is where you want to be.
  • The Music of Queen – Click here if you just want to listen to a few tunes by the legendary rockers.

The Rise of Queen

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Farookh Bulsara was born the 5th of September 1946 on the small spice island of Zanzibar. He would spend most of his childhood in India and it was here that his friends first began to call him Freddie

His family would move to England in the mid 60’s and Freddie enrolled at Ealing College of Art. It was here at Ealing that Freddie met the members of a band called Smile. These notable men were none other than Brian May and Roger Taylor.

After Smile broke up, Freddie joined with Brian May and Roger Taylor to form a new group that Freddie wanted to call Queen, but the band was missing a bassist and the road to find the right musician for the role would prove to be difficult. At one point, Queen was going through bass players at a rate of one per week. This would go on till a man by the name of John Deacon auditioned.

With Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, history was about to be made…

Queen’s first two albums, Queen and Queen II, were well received by critics low in sales across the board. It wasn’t until the band released Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 that they really began to take off. The single, “Killer Queen” would reach #2 on the British charts and would be the bands first U.S. hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cruising on this success Queen began their first world tour.

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.

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The Legacy of Queen

  • As of ’05, according to Guinness, Queen has spent more than 1300 weeks on the UK album charts. That’s 27 YEARS. That’s longer than any band, including other legends like the [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Beatles [/lastfm].
  • Queen has released a total of EIGHTEEN number one singles and TEN number one DVD’s.
  • Queen has sold more than 32 million albums in the US alone, and some estimate they’ve sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.
  • Queen is the only band where every member has composed a chart topping single, and all four members were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody was named in 2002 by Guinness as the top British single of ALL TIME. It is also the only single to ever sell a million copies on two separate releases.
  • The video for Bohemian Rhapsody is considered the first true music video ever produced.
  • Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985 is considered one of the greatest concerts of all-time.

Bands that have cited Queen as an influence? [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben Folds Five[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Def Leppard[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dream Theatre[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kansas[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Iron Maiden[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Panic at the Disco[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Styx[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] The Smashing Pumpkins[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Radiohead[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steve Vai[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Trent Reznor[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Green Day[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Franz Ferdinand[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foo Fighters[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Muse[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Metallica[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Katy Perry[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Guns N Roses[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Flaming Lips[/lastfm] and many, many more…

[Source(s): Wikipedia]

The Music of Queen

Queen’s discography is loaded with classic tracks. Here are a few essentials to get you started.

“Killer Queen” (1974)

From the album Sheer Heart Attack, this song was one of Queen’s earliest hits.

The Music of Queen (cont.)

“Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)

From the album The Game.

The Music of Queen (cont.)

“I Want to Break Free” (1984)

From the album The Works.

If you’re not already a fan you should be by now. This is just a taste of what Queen has to offer, we suggest you check out the rest of their tunes on your own time!

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