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Formed in London in 1970 following the demise of the band Smile, Queen originally consisted of vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor. The band became popular with audiences via their hit singles, live performances, originality and showmanship, being voted the greatest British band of all time in a national BBC poll. Their 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best live rock performance of all time in an industry poll. According to the BBC, Queen have sold more than 300 million albums as of 2009.

Queen enjoyed success in the UK in the early to mid-1970s with the albums Queen and Queen II, but it was with the release of Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 and A Night at the Opera the following year that the band gained international success. They have released fifteen studio albums, five live albums and numerous compilation albums. Since Mercury's death and Deacon's retirement, May and Taylor have performed infrequently together at special events and programs as members of other ensembles. Between 2004 to 2009 the duo collaborated with Paul Rodgers under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers, and between 2011 to 2015 with Adam Lambert under the moniker Queen + Adam Lambert.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marie Christine Taylor

Trivia (16)

Their two albums "A Night at the Opera" (1975) and "A Day at the Races" (1976) were titles based upon the films with The Marx Brothers of the same titles.
The members of the classic lineup were Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Following Mercury's death from AIDS in 1991, they have performed with singers including Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.
They were ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists and #33 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
The acoustic guitar solo on their song "Innuendo" was played by Steve Howe, best known for being the guitarist of the progressive rock band Yes, who were one of Queen's contemporaries in the 1970s and an early influence on them.
More than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives chose their performance at Live Aid (1985) to be the the winner of The World's Greatest Gigs (2005).
Their worldwide album sales are estimated to have exceeded 150 million and some estimates put it at 300 million.
In January 2007, they were announced as the greatest British band of all time in a poll of more than 20,000 BBC Radio 2 listeners, beating The Beatles by 400 votes. Bands were judged on songwriting, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship.
Queen was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Queen are the first Western band to be officially tolerated in Iran after a greatest hits album featuring "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "I Want to Break Free" was released there in August 2004. This is especially ironic as lead singer Freddie Mercury is considered by most of the world to be one of popular music's greatest gay icons and homosexuality is illegal in Iran.
Queen were in an elevator when they found out "Bohemian Rhapsody" had topped the charts. They all jumped for joy and the elevator stopped. "We thought we would all suffocate in the damned lift," Freddie Mercury said.
In July 2012, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted the UK's Favourite Number One Single of all-time, beating 1200 other chart-toppers in the 60-year history of the UK charts.
Queen's last performance as a group with Freddie Mercury was at Knebworth Park, England, on August 9, 1986, with support from Beloius Some, Big Country and Status Quo.
Their video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) is often incorrectly cited as the first pop video. It was not the first but it was such a phenomenal success that it subsequently became a normal practice for pop artists to make videos to promote their singles.
Their iconic music video "Bohemian Rhapsody" was completed in just four hours at a cost of £3,500, ultimately saving the band from having to declare bankruptcy.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2001).
They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2006).

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