Queen (band) facts for kids
Queen performing in Connecticut in 1977
Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970, and are one of the most commercially successful musical acts of all time. The band members were Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar).
Freddie Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness on November 24, 1991. In 1997 John Deacon retired to spend more time with his family. The other two former members toured with Paul Rodgers from 2005 to 2009. Three of their biggest hits were "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Queen were put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 1968, Brian May was at college. He decided to make a band and teamed up with two other college students called Tim Staffell and Roger Taylor. They called themselves "Smile" with Roger Taylor on drums and vocals, Tim Staffell on vocals and bass and Brian May on guitar and vocals. They did a few hits such as "April Lady". Tim Staffell became friends with another college student, Farrokh Bulsara (to be later known as Freddie Mercury) and Farrokh became a big fan of "Smile" and encouraged them a lot. Later on, Tim left "Smile" to join "Humpy Bong" and Farrokh Bulsara subsequently joined the band on vocals and piano. Then Farrokh came up with the name "Queen", so they changed it from "Smile" to "Queen. They then started auditions for a new bassist. None of the auditioners managed to suit the place of the new bassist, but finally in 1971, they settled on John Deacon. Queen's first album was released in 1973 and it was called "Queen" with songs such as "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and "Liar". Farrokh Bulsara changed his name to Freddie Mercury after the lyrics "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me" in "My Fairy King".
- Current members
- Adam Lambert – vocals (2011–present)
- Brian May – guitar, vocals (1970–present)
- Roger Taylor – drums, vocals (1970–present)
- Past members
- Freddie Mercury – vocals, piano (1970–1991)
- John Deacon – bass guitar, backing vocals (1970–1997)
- Paul Rodgers – vocals (2004–2009)
Bohemian Rhapsody Movie
In a September 2010 BBC interview, Brian May announced in that Sacha Baron Cohen was to play Mercury in a biographical film about the band. Time commented with approval on his singing ability and visual similarity to Mercury. However, in July 2013, Baron Cohen dropped out of the role due to "creative differences" between him and the surviving band members. In December 2013, it was announced that Ben Whishaw, known for playing Q in the James Bond film Skyfall, was a possible replacement for Baron Cohen in the role of Mercury, but Whishaw pulled out a few months later amidst uncertainty about how the film was progressing.
The project regained momentum in 2016. It was announced on 4 November that the film had secured the backing of 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films. By this time, the film's working title was Bohemian Rhapsody, after the band's song of the same name. Freddie Mercury was to be played by Rami Malek, and shooting was scheduled to begin in early 2017. The motion picture was written by Anthony McCarten, with a story by McCarten and Peter Morgan, who received Oscar nominations for his screenplays The Queen and Frost/Nixon.
Released in October 2018, Bohemian Rhapsody focuses on Queen's formative years and the period leading up to the celebrated performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. The film has grossed over $900 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. Despite receiving mixed reviews, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. Malek received wide acclaim and numerous accolades for his portrayal of Mercury, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. While the Live Aid segment was praised, criticism came from not exploring more complex themes involving Mercury, with the New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski stating, "What we ultimately wanted from Bohemian Rhapsody was not carbon-copied concerts, but behind-closed-doors insight into a deeply private, complicated, internationally beloved superstar." After the release of the film, "Bohemian Rhapsody" re-entered the US Billboard Hot 100 for the third time (having previously charted in 1976 and 1992), charting at number 33 on 12 November 2018.
- Queen – Keep Yourself Alive – 1973
- Queen II – Seven Seas of Rhye – 1974
- Sheer Heart Attack – Killer Queen – 1974
- A Night at The Opera – Bohemian Rhapsody, You're My Best Friend – 1975
- A Day at the Races – Somebody to Love, Tie Your Mother Down – 1976
- News of the World – We Are The Champions/ We Will Rock You (Double A side single) – 1977
- Jazz – Bicycle Race/ Fat Bottomed Girls (Double A side single), Don't Stop Me Now – 1978
- The Game – Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love – 1980
- Flash Gordon – Flash's Theme – 1980
- Hot Space – Under Pressure – 1982
- The Works – Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Hammer To Fall – 1984
- A Kind of Magic – One Vision, A Kind of Magic, Who Wants to Live Forever – 1986
- The Miracle – I Want It All – 1989
- Innuendo – The Show Must Go On, These Are the Days of Our Lives – 1991
- Made in Heaven – Heaven For Everyone – 1995
- The Cosmos Rocks – C-lebrity – 2008
- 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)
- Flash Gordon (1980)
- Hot Space (1982)
- The Works (1984)
- A Kind of Magic (1986)
- The Miracle (1989)
- Innuendo (1991)
- Made in Heaven (1995)
- The Cosmos Rocks (2008)
Images for kids
Queen on stage in Frankfurt on 26 September 1984. Compatible with his performance and compositions, Mercury was also a multi-instrumentalist.
Queen's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6358 Hollywood Boulevard.
Queen performing with Paul Rodgers during their 2005 tour
At 10 years old, Thom Yorke of Radiohead made a homemade guitar trying to emulate Brian May
Robbie Williams, on stage in 2015 with the Queen image in the background, performed "We Are the Champions" for the 2001 medieval adventure film A Knight's Tale
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