Queenis an English rock band which was formed in 1970, In London, England. The band was formed by Brian May (guitar player), Freddie Mercury (lead Vocalist), and Roger Taylor (drum player). The band gained their popularity in the 1970's and are considered to be one of Britainís most successful bands of the past thirty years. The live performance they gave at the 1985 Live Aid concert was considered to be the best live performance of all time in a BBC poll.
The band had minor success with their first two albums called, Queen I and Queen II. It was their third album, however, that really gained them stature. The album was released in 1974 and was called, Sheer Heart Attack and also their album released the following year called, A Night At the Opera. The band gained international fame with these albums. Every one of the bandís studio albums reached number one on many charts worldwide. They have released 15 studio albums since 1973. They have also sold over 300 million copies of their albums worldwide. They are named as one of the worldís best selling artists. When the group began working on their third album, May was not present because of medical problems. Their album, Sheer Heart Attack went to number 2 in the U. K., and also was hit in Europe. The album went gold in the United States. The single, from the album, called Killer Queen, went to number 2 on the British charts and was their first U. S. Hit which went to number 12 on the Billboard Top 40 Hits chart. The second hit from the album was, Now Iím Here, went to number 11 on the British charts.
The groups next album called, A Night In the Opera was a change in that the band changed their music style to a more refined melody and sound. This album was also successful in Britain and went to triple platinum in the U. S.. This album ranked as number 230 on Rolling Stoneís list of Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In the 1980's they released the album called, The Game and from it came the singles, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and Another One Bites the Dust. Both of these were huge hits and hit number 1 in the U. S. The album also hit number 1 in the U. S. And stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1988 there were rumors that Mercury was suffering from aids and it wasnít until he was on his deathbed that he admitted to having aids. Mercury passed away in the 1990's and Deacon also retired in the 1990's. The rest of the band continued to release albums and tour. They have released a total of 15 studio albums, 5 live albums, and many conpilation albums as well as many singles.
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