Queen

Queen

  • 20 Dec 11:38
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Blender Magazine once voted Queen's song Bohemian Rhapsody as both the best and worst song of the past 100 years. They are without question one of the most successful and original rock groups of all time. Formed from the ashes of the previous outfit of Brian May and Roger Taylor, Smile, the duo recruited Freddie Mercury on vocals, and bass player John Deacon. Their brilliant fusion of heavy rock with the emergent glam rock sound soon attracted the attention of EMI Records. Despite some glowing reviews and eye-catching live performances the band failed to make the expected breakthrough. All of that changed with Bohemian Rhapsody, which became a massive single. By this time, Mercury was being recognized as one of the most ridiculous, theatrical and entertaining singers in rock 'n' roll, and their phenomenal performance at 1985’s Live Aid won them a new generation of fans. Shortly afterwards Mercury’s health began to fail and he died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991. Queen + Paul Rodgers, a subsequent 2005 collaboration between May and Taylor and Free frontman Paul Rodgers, was put out for a tour. They released a live set, Return Of The Champions, and then followed it with The Cosmos Rocks in 2008. In 2009 they announced that they were amicably splitting up.

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