Queen (band) facts for kids
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Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. They are one of the most commercially successful music acts of all time, selling over 300 million records worldwide. The members were Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar).
Freddie Mercury died of an AIDS-related bronchopneumonia 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. In December 2018 it was announced Queen & Lambert will bring its Rhapsody Tour to The Forum in 2019. Three of their biggest hits were "Bohemian Rhapsody, "We Will Rock You", and "We Are the Champions".
Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
With his friend Tim Staffell, Brian May started a band called 1984 in the mid 1960's. The band broke up after a little bit and then May decided to make another band and teamed up with two other college students named 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 Bongs" and Farrokh Bulsara subsequently joined the band on vocals and piano in 1970. Then Farrokh came up with the name "Queen", so they changed it from "Smile" to "Queen". They then started auditions for a new bassist. They were going through several bassists during this time and none of them stuck, only lasting for about a few minutes. 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". Brian May has a degree in Astrophysics.
Bohemian Rhapsody Movie
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.
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.
- Current members
- Deceased members
- Freddie Mercury – vocals, piano (1970–1991)
- Past members
- John Deacon – bass guitar (1971–1997)
- Guest members
- 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, I'm In Love With My Car – 1975
- A Day at the Races – Somebody to Love, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy – 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)
Images for kids
Queen guitar (right, next to a Rolling Stones guitar) at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, marking a 31 October 1970 Queen concert at the venue
Following Mercury's death on 24 November 1991, his tribute concert was held at the original Wembley Stadium in London on 20 April 1992, the same venue where Queen performed at Live Aid in July 1985
Queen's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6358 Hollywood Boulevard
Queen performing with Paul Rodgers during their 2005 tour
Brian May playing his custom-made Red Special at the O2 Arena in London in 2017. He has used this guitar almost exclusively since the band's advent in the early 1970s.
Mercury performing in a Harlequin outfit. He appeared in a half black, half white version in the music video for "We Are the Champions".
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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