Queen is a British rock band formed in London, 1970, by Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass). Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock.
Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. The band’s name was inspired by a suggestion by Mercury, who was inspired by a tarot card deck.
Queen released their debut album in 1973, which was followed by a string of successful albums, including “Sheer Heart Attack” (1974), “A Night at the Opera” (1975), and “A Day at the Races” (1976). The band’s popularity grew throughout the 1970s, and they became one of the most successful rock bands in the world.
Queen’s music is characterized by its diversity and eclecticism. The band’s sound has been influenced by a wide range of genres, including rock, pop, opera, and heavy metal. Queen’s songs are often complex and multi-layered, and they feature Mercury’s distinctive vocals and May’s guitar playing.
Queen is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with estimated sales of over 300 million records worldwide. The band has won numerous awards, including 18 Grammy Awards and four Brit Awards. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Queen’s music has had a lasting impact on popular culture. The band’s songs have been used in films, television shows, and commercials. Queen’s music has also been covered by a wide range of artists, including Michael Jackson, David Bowie, and Lady Gaga.
Queen is a truly iconic band, and their music continues to inspire and entertain people around the world.