Few bands contained the pure excess of the 70's like Queen. The British Quartet died in the exaggerated pump of prog rock and heavy metal, as well as the vaudevillian music hall, deep into the camp and bombasted, creating a large mock-operative sound with layered guitars and overdubbed vocals. Queen's music was a bizarre yet unavailable fusion of macho and the fey. For years, the albums boasted their motto "No synthesizers were used on this album", which signals their fidelity with the legions of post-Led Zeppelin hardrock bands. But the singer Freddie Mercury brought an extravagant sense of the camp to the queen, pushing them against kitschy humor and pseudo-classical events, as epitomized on their most famous song, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Merkur, it has to be said, was a flamboyant bisexual who managed to keep his sexuality in the closet until his death from AIDS in 1
The origin of the queens was in the hardrock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. After leaving Smiles's lead vocalist Tim Staffell in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with Freddie Mercury, the former leader singer for wrecks. In a matter of months, bass player John Deacon came to them and they began to practice. Over the next two years, as all four members completed college, they only traveled and played only a handful of concerts. In 1973, they had begun to concentrate on their career, publishing the debut album Queen, that year and sat down on their first trip. Queen was more or less a straight metal album and did not get much recognition, but Queen II became an unexpected British breakthrough in early 1974. Before the release, the band played Top of the Pops, performed "Seven Seas of Rhye." Both the song and the performance were smash successes, and the single rocketed into the Top Ten, and set the stage for Queen II to reach number five. After the release, the group started its first American trip, which supported Mott the Hoople. Due to their dramatic dramatic performances, the album climbed to number 43 in the United States.
Queen released her third album, Sheer Heart Attack, before the end of 1974. The music hall met Zeppelin "Killer Queen" climbed to number two on British charts, taking the album to number two as well. Sheer Heart Attack also made some concessions in America, and set the scene for breakthroughs of 1975's A Night at the Opera. Queen worked long and hard over the post; According to many reports, it was the most expensive rock record that was made at the time when it was released. The first single from the album, "Bohemian Rhapsody", was the Queen's signature song, and with its bombastic, mock-operative structure characterized by heavy metal riffs, it encapsulates its music. It is also the symbol of their musical surplus – the song took three weeks to record and there were so many vocal overdubs on the record that it was possible to review the tape at certain points. To support "Bohemian Rhapsody" queen queen one of the first conceptual music videos and gamble paid off when the single spent nine weeks at number one in England and broke the record for the longest run at number one. The song and A Night at the Opera were as successful in America as the album climbed into the top ten and quickly went platinum.
After a night on opera, Queen was established as superstars, and they quickly exploited all their status had to offer. Their parties and indulgence became quickly legendary in the mountain world, but they continued to work at a rapid pace. In the summer of 1976, they performed a free concert at London Hyde Park, which broke attendance records, and released the single "Someone to Love" a few months later. It was followed by A Day at the Races, which was essentially a scaled-down version of A Night at the Opera which reached number one in the UK and number five in the United States. They continued to pick up singles in both the UK and America over the next five years, when each of their albums went into the top ten, gold and usually platinum are always in the process. Because the queen embraced such massesuccess and worship, they were spotted by the rock press, especially when they came to represent all the worst tenders of the old guard in the wake of punk. Nevertheless, the audience continued to buy Queen records. With the Top Five double-sided single "We Are the Champions" / "We'll Rock You", world news was a top ten hit in 1977. The following year, Jazz almost replicated the success of the single "Fat Bottomed Girls" / "Bicycle Race" an international hit, despite the massive bad publicity surrounding their media stunt about setting up a nude female bike racing.
The Queen was at the height of their popularity when they entered the 80's, and deleted The Game, their most varied album to date, in 1980. On the strength of two-one singles – Campy Rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love "and disco-fied" Another One Bites Dust "- the game became the group's first American number one album. However, the bottom fell out of the popularity of the group, especially in the United States, shortly afterwards. Their predominantly instrumental soundtrack to Flash Gordon was coldly received later in 1980. With the help of David Bowie, Queen could compete with a new wave with the 1981 feature "Under Pressure" – their first British number one page "Bohemian Rhapsody" – which was included both at their 1981 biggest hits and 1982's hot space. Instead of proving the vitality of the group, "Under Pressure" was a last throttle. The Hot Space was just a moderate hit, and the more rock-oriented The Works (1984) was also a small hit, with only "Radio Ga Ga" receiving a lot of attention. Shortly thereafter they left Elektra and signed with the Capitol.
The queen began to tour foreign markets, cultivating a large, dedicated fan base in Latin America, Asia and Africa, against its reduced popularity in the United States and declining popularity in the United Kingdom. continents that most mountain groups ignored. In 1985, they returned to popularity in the UK in the wake of their showstopping performance on Live Aid. The following year they launched some kind of magic for strong European sales, but they were unable to move on in the United States. The same fate was 1989's The Miracle, but 1991's Innuendo was met more favorably, went gold and peaked at number 30 in the United States. Nevertheless, it was still a much bigger success in Europe, and entered the British maps on number one.
By 1991, the queen had drastically weakened his activity and caused many rumors to circulate about Freddie Mercury's health. On November 23, he issued a statement confirming that he was affected by AIDS; he died the next day. The following spring, the remaining members of the Queen held a memorial concert at Wembley Stadium that was sent to an international audience of over one billion. With such guest artists as David Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Def Leppard and Guns Roses, the concert gathered millions for Mercury Phoenix Trust, established for AIDS awareness. The concert coincided with an awakening of interest for "Bohemian Rhapsody", who climbed to number two in the United States and number one in Britain in the wake of the appearance of Mike Myers Comedy Wayne's World.
After Mercury's death, the remaining members of the Queen were quite quiet. Brian May released his second solo album, Back to the Light, in 1993, ten years after the release of his first album. Roger Taylor cut some records with the cross, which he had played since 1987, while Deacon mainly retired. The three reunited in 1994 to record backing tapes for Vocal Track Mercury recorded on his deathbed. The resulting album Made in Heaven was released in 1995 to mixed reviews and strong sales, especially in Europe. Crown Jewels, a box of repository, released its first eight LPs, followed in 1998. The archives of live recordings, DVDs and compilations held appear throughout the new millennium. The Queen's name was revived in 2005, but this time with "+ Paul Rodgers" followed. Rodgers, the former lead singer of the Free and Bad Company, joined Brian May and Roger Taylor (John Deacon remained retired) for several performances, one of which was documented at the 2005 Return of the Champions, a television record release issued of Hollywood tag. International touring continued, as did a new studio album with Rodger's vocal. Released under the "Queen + Paul Rodgers" tag, The Cosmos Rocks came in September 2008, followed by an American release a month later. The reception was certainly mixed.
Rodgers went from queen in 2009 and in his wake came a new collection called Absolutely Greatest. TV shows followed in the next two years, including a place at the 2009 American Idol Final where they performed with Adam Lambert, and in 2010 Queen succeeded in leaving his home for EMI for Iceland, bringing all the recordings of the group to Universal Records. A new round of releases followed in 2011, along with an appearance with Lambert at MTV Europe Music Awards, and the vocalist soon became a party with the band when Queen performed several major concerts and TV shows in 2012 and 2013 followed by a full tour in 2014. Also in that year Queen released another compilation, Queen Forever, which was anchored by reworked versions of three old songs, including a solo song by Mercury where he put on Michael Jackson. The archive film, A Night at the Odeon, with the band's Christmas Eve 1975 at London's Hammersmith Odeon, appeared in 2015. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine