The Queen band is known as the most recognizable band or musical group in the world. Some of his songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, and We Will Rock You are the most frequently sung and listened to.
The story of this band was even made into a film entitled Bohemian Rhapsody which tells the story of its personnel, namely Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Ben Hardy and John Deacon. The following is a biography of Band Queen and the story of the London band’s journey to become one of the most legendary bands in the world.
Queen Band Biography
Queen’s beginnings appeared in 1968 when two London’s Imperial College students Brian May and Tim Staffell wanted to band.
They then advertised on the school notice board that they were looking for a drummer with Ginger Baker’s style. This ad caught the attention of a young man named Roger Meddows Taylor to audition and was successful. This group was then given the name SMILE.
Joining Freddie Mercury
In 1970 SMILE was left by Team Staffel and joined the group “Humpy Bong”. Frederick Bulsara, a college friend of Tim Staffel’s at Ealing College of Art, then joined, this is how Queen’s story begins. Frederick Bulsara changed his name to Freddie Mercury, and the band’s name was changed to QUEEN.
Queen is a rock band from the United Kingdom that thrived in the 70’s to 90’s. Even today they are still famous, mainly because of their frequently played songs such as “We Are the Champions”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You”.
They have never experienced a change of personnel from beginning to end, with four members John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor.
For bass players, Queen used a retracted bass player until John Deacon in February 1971 officially became the 4th member of Queen.
From Small Stage To World Stage
The band played tirelessly on small stages for their close friends, until they got the chance to try out a new recording studio called “De Lane Lea”.
Here Queen recorded demo tapes and signed a contract with Trident in 1972, and was paid £60 per week.
Queen started work on preparing their first album which was recorded under the supervision of Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony (staff engineer at Trident Studios)
In 1973 Trident and EMI signed a recording contract with Queen, and in July 1973 they released their first album titled Queen with a musical style that combined elements of hard rock with operatic vocal harmonies.
The album with the cover of this gloomy color for 17 weeks perched on the album charts reaching number 24. The release of this album was accompanied by a UK tour, they became the opening band for “Mott The Hoople”, which began in Town Halls, the city of Leeds on November 12, 1973.
Many people judged their act to be more than just the opening band, resulting in Queen’s early following. Work on the third album took place from July 1974 to November 1974.
Unlike before, which started without the involvement of Brian May, and at least the help of Roy Thomas Baker. After Brian May felt better, then he came to the studio to fill in the guitar part even though he was still not fully recovered.
On October 11, 1974 the single “Killer Queen”/”Flick Of The Wrist'” was released and became a hit where for 11 weeks it was perched on the 2nd chart.
The song Killer Queen according to Brian May is the best song that became the turning point of Queen’s success. This song tells about a high-class call girl who in Freddie Mercury’s interpretation that even people from the upper class can become prostitutes too.
Finally this third album can be completed and released on November 1, 1974 at Empire, Liverpool with the title SHEER HEART ATTACK which contains 13 tracks.
On January 9, 1975, a single from the Sheer Heart Attack album was released, namely “Now I’m Here”/”Lily of the Valey” (for me the most memorable song Now I’m Here is the version on the double album Live Killers).
1975 in February 1975 with the full support of the Elektra label, Queen invaded America as a headliner starting from Agora, Columbus Ohio on February 5, 1975.
Big Success Queen Band
Despite the criticism that compared them to led Zeppelin, their ticket sales were impressive and always sold out. So that some performances had to be done twice at the same venue.
In the midst of that success, again medical problems plagued Queen. This time Freddie Mercury was attacked by Strep throat in April 1975, and his condition was serious enough that he was forced to cancel 7 dates from this USA tour and Queen decided to vacation for 10 days in Hawaii, before they headed to Japan (the country that Queen is crazy about) .
The Japan Tour kicked off on April 19 at Budokan, Tokyo and continued with the cities of Nagoya, Kobe, Fukuoka, Okayama, Shizuoka, Yokohama and returned to Tokyo at Budokan.
When they first landed at Japanese airports they were greeted by thousands of their fans. At the same time Sheer Heart Attack topped the charts in Japan.
Death of Freddie Mercury
Queen had a vacuum in the early 1990s when Freddie Mercury died of AIDS. Even so, they still had time to release a new album, namely Made In Heaven in 1995 using Mercury’s previously recorded sound.
They also briefly released a new single, No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young) in 1998. In this single, guitarist Brian May doubles as a vocalist because Queen has not got a permanent vocalist.
Previously, Queen had held a project Queen + This project is a project where Queen collaborates with other artists such as George Michael, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, and so on. Queen + has been around since the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in memory of Freddie Mercury in 1992.
However, Queen + only sings their old songs that became hits, such as Somebody to Love, Too Much Love Will Kill You, and so on. After the release of the single No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young), bassist John Deacon decided to end his relationship with Queen. In 2004, Queen found a new vocalist, namely Paul Rodgers. They had held a show in Hyde Park, Sheffield, England.