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Live at the Rainbow 74 ... This landmark performance by legendary rock band Queen captures a complete live... more info $20.95was $29.98 Buy Now

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Arguably one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time, Queen was founded around 1970 when two London college students named Brian May and Roger Taylor formed a progressive rock band called Smile. A few changes to music and personnel over the years would find the group taking a more stridently dramatic tone, with a tremendous showman named Freddie Mercury joining their ranks. Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury had a huge voice with impeccable control, not to mention an unmistakable flair for theatricality. After renaming the band Queen and picking up a quiet but extremely talented bassist named John Deacon, the group set to work on their self-titled debut, an opulent, progressive record borrowing more from the booming thunder of classical than from the technical skill that so many other prog groups depended on. That mix of hard rock and coyly operatic drama would characterize Queen's next several albums, each of which grew their popularity the world over. Within a few years, Queen began retooling their image both visually and musically, embracing a straight ahead rock sound, albeit with the expertly layered preciseness that they were known for. Their 1977 hit record News of the World, with its dual hits...

Arguably one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time, Queen was founded around 1970 when two London college students named Brian May and Roger Taylor formed a progressive rock band called Smile. A few changes to music and personnel over the years would find the group taking a more stridently dramatic tone, with a tremendous showman named Freddie Mercury joining their ranks. Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury had a huge voice with impeccable control, not to mention an unmistakable flair for theatricality. After renaming the band Queen and picking up a quiet but extremely talented bassist named John Deacon, the group set to work on their self-titled debut, an opulent, progressive record borrowing more from the booming thunder of classical than from the technical skill that so many other prog groups depended on. That mix of hard rock and coyly operatic drama would characterize Queen's next several albums, each of which grew their popularity the world over. Within a few years, Queen began retooling their image both visually and musically, embracing a straight ahead rock sound, albeit with the expertly layered preciseness that they were known for. Their 1977 hit record News of the World, with its dual hits "We are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You," solidified the group's new sound. They would enter the '80s as fully fledged superstars. They were the first major band to tour the stadiums of Latin America, playing for over 300,000 people in Buenos Aires, and for a TV audience of 1.6 billion at the legendary benefit concert Live Aid. After releasing 1986's A Kind of Magic, and album composed of half songs written for the soundtrack to the movie "Highlander" (1986) and half unrelated songs, the band embarked on their final tour. More successful albums would follow, but within the group, energy was waning as Mercury succumbed to the illness of AIDS, which had very little treatment at the time. He publicly announced that he was suffering from the disease in November of 1991 and passed away within 24 hours. The surviving members of Queen honored him five months later with The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, an event held at Wembley Stadium for a crowd of 72,000, with performers such as Def Leppard, Robert Plant, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, performing Queen's songs with the surviving members of the band. The concert raised £20,000,000 for AIDS charities. Though John Deacon would subsequently retire from the group, Taylor and May continued to play Queen material for decades to come with guest vocalists including Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.

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 Highlander (1986)
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 Flash Gordon (1980)
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1971:
Played their first concert with the classic line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon at a Surrey College near London.
1973:
Released their self-titled debut album to the delight of critics, relying heavily on classical influences for a progressive sound that differed from many prog rock acts of the period.
1974:
Released their second album, <i>Queen II</i>, introducing their trademark layered sound and Freddie Mercury's phased harmonies created using several vocal tracks.
1974:
Released the album <i>Sheer Heart Attack</i>, which reached number two on the charts in the U.K. and went gold in the U.S.
1975:
Released <i>A Night at the Opera</i>, which was at the time the most expensive album ever produced.
1976:
Released <i>A Day at the Races</i>, largely regarded as a sequel to <i>A Night at the Opera</i>.
1977:
Released <i>News of the World</i>, which went platinum four times in the U.S. and twice in the U.K., and features the anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions."
1978:
Released <i>Jazz</i> and spent much of the year touring the United States and Japan.
1980:
Solidified their transition away from prog and into straigh ahead rock music with <i>The Game</i>.
1980:
Recorded the soundtrack to the film "Flash Gordon."
1981:
Became the first major rock band to tour Latin American stadiums during their South American tour in support of <i>The Game</i>, most notably playing for over 300,000 people in Buenos Aires.
1982:
Released their first foray into electronic and disco music, <i>Hot Space</i>.
1984:
Released their 11th studio album, <i>The Works</i>.
1985:
Played for crowds of 300,000 for two nights at the Rock in Rio festival.
1985:
Played a legendary set at Live Aid for a live TV audience of 1.9 billon viewers.
1986:
Released <i>A Kind of Magic</i>, an album that consisted of both songs written for the soundtrack of the movie "Highlander," and unrelated songs. They follwed the album's release with their final tour, during which they played their now famous sold-out show at Wembley Stadium.
1988:
Released the album <i>The Miracle</i>.
1991:
Released the album <i>Innuendo</i>, which critics would later note had a tone of reflectiveness most likely inspired by Freddie Mercury's illness.
1991:
Freddie Mercury confirmed through a public statement that he was suffering from AIDS. He died within 24 hours at the age of 45.
1992:
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London to a crowd of 72,000, with performers such as Def Leppard, Robert Plant, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Seal, Extreme, and Metallica performing Queen's songs with the surviving members of the band. The concert raised £20,000,000 for AIDS charities.
1995:
Released the album <i>Made in Heaven</i>, featuring the material that the band was working on immediately prior to Freddie Mercury's death.
2004:
Two of the band's surviving members, Roger Taylor and Brian May, mounted a tour with singer Paul Rodgers for a series of concerts dubbed Queen + Paul Rodgers.
2011:
Performed a series of shows with vocalist Adam Lambert for a concert series dubbed Queen + Adam Lambert.
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Known for such albums as "Made In Heaven"
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Popular songs include "We Will Rock You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".
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