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Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May , lead vocalist Freddie Mercury , and drummer Roger Taylor , with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. Queen rose to prominence during the 1970s and are one of Britain's most successful bands of the past three decades.
Brian May Date of birth: 19 July 1947 , England <ul><li>the lead guitarist </li></ul>
<ul><li>Brian May is described as a virtuoso guitarist by some music critics.He has used a range of guitars , most often the " Red Special ," which he designed with his father. </li></ul>
John Deacon Date of birth: 19 August 1951 ,England <ul><li>the bassist </li></ul>
Of the four members of the band, Deacon was the youngest, last to join, and wrote the fewest songs; however, several of his compositions were big hits.
<ul><li>Deacon played guitar in addition to bass, taking over rhythm parts in many albums, as well as several acoustic performances and occasional played keyboards </li></ul><ul><li>Deacon's style was one that was rarely seen in rock bands during the 1970s. Rather than just sit in the background playing root notes, he used the bass guitar as a lead instrument as well as a rhythm instrument. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Deacon made the decision to retire from the music business in the late 1990s </li></ul>
Roger Taylor Date of birth: July 26 1949 , England <ul><li>the drummer </li></ul>
As a drummer he is known for his "big" unique sound and is cited as one of the most important and influential stadium rock drummers.
Freddie Mercury Date of birth: 5 September 1946 Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania <ul><li>the lead vocalist </li></ul>
<ul><li>Freddie Mercury(real name Farrokh Bulsara ) was a singer,songwriter,live performer and instrumentalist(played piano,keyboards and guitar). </li></ul>
One of the greatest singers in popular music, Freddie Mercury possessed a very distinctive voice, including a recorded range of nearly four octaves. Mercury is also noted for his live performances, which were often delivered to stadium audiences around the world. He displayed a highly theatrical style that often invoked a great deal of participation from the crowd
Over the course of his career, Mercury performed an estimated 700 concerts in countries around the world with Queen.
In addition to his work with Queen, Mercury put out two solo albums and several singles. Although his solo work was not as commercially successful as most Queen albums, the two albums and several of the solo songs debuted in the top 10 of the UK Album Charts . Mercury produced two solo albums, Mr. Bad Guy and Barcelona , released in 1985 and 1988, respectively.
Date of death : 24 November 1991 , London, England, UK. (AIDS) On November 22 , 1991 , Mercury called Queen's manager over to his Kensington home, to discuss a public statement. The next day, November 23 , the following announcement was made to the press on behalf of Mercury: “ Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue. ” A little over 24 hours after issuing the statement, Mercury died on November 24 , 1991 at the age of 45. The official cause of death was bronchialpneumonia resulting from AIDS
<ul><li>Freddie Mercury's death represented an important event in the history of AIDS .In the spring of 1992, the remaining members of Queen founded The Mercury Phoenix Trust and organised The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS . </li></ul><ul><li>The tribute concert, which took place at Wembley Stadium for an audience of 72,000, featured a wide variety of guests including Robert Plant , Extreme , Elton John , Metallica , David Bowie , Guns N' Roses , Elizabeth Taylor , George Michael , Def Leppard and Liza Minnelli . </li></ul><ul><li>The concert was broadcast live to 76 countries and had an estimated viewing audience of 1 billion. </li></ul>
Queen had moderate success in the early 1970s, with the albums Queen and Queen II , but it was with the release of Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 and A Night at the Opera the following year that the band gained international success.
All of the band's studio albums reached number one on numerous charts around the world. Since 1973, they have released fifteen studio albums , five live albums , and many compilation albums .
<ul><li>Some of the greatest hits : </li></ul>
We Will Rock You We Are The Champions Another One Bites The Dust I Want To Break Free Bohemian Rhapsody Radio Ga Ga Under Pressure Friends Will Be Friends Who Wants To Live Forever I Want It All Love Of My Life
Following Mercury's death in 1991 and Deacon's retirement later in the decade, May and Taylor have performed infrequently under the Queen label. Since 2005, they have been collaborating with Paul Rodgers , under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers .
The band are noted for their musical diversity, multi-layered arrangements, vocal harmonies and incorporation of audience participation into their live performances. Their 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best live rock performance of all time.
The last album they recorded together is Innuendo and Freddie’s last music video is These are the days of our lives .
One of rock's most successful, influential and popular acts, the band have released a total of eighteen number one albums, eighteen number one singles, and ten number one DVDs worldwide making them one of the world's best-selling music artists . They have sold over 300 million albums worldwide including 32.5 million albums in the United States alone as of 2004.The band are also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single.
Queen was, is and will be forever a great band which had crossed the world and made millions of fans only with their MUSIC. I’m sure that you can find a song that you could enjoy,you just have to … listen!