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Queen News

Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' to close on London's West End

Long running West End production to stage last performance in May

  • Mar 11, 2014

Queen announce US tour with Adam Lambert

They will play 19 dates across North America this summer

  • Mar 6, 2014

Queen's 'Greatest Hits' becomes first album to sell six million copies in the UK

One in four British households is likely to own the 1981 hits collection

  • Feb 11, 2014

Brian May hints at Queen gigs with Adam Lambert this summer

Guitarist suggests band will reunite with Freddie Mercury replacement for US shows

  • Feb 7, 2014

Queen tease new track featuring Freddie Mercury vocals

Band's Brian May says he found old outtakes the day he got cancer all-clear

  • Jan 15, 2014

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Queen Music Videos

Three Changes Play Video

Three Changes

The Good, The Bad and The Queen official music video for the track Three Changes

Kingdom Of Doom Play Video

Kingdom Of Doom

The Good, The Bad and The Queen official music video for the track Kingdom Of Doom

Kingdom Of Doom Play Video

Kingdom Of Doom

Watch the official Kingdom Of Doom video by The Good The Bad And The Queen in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Three Changes Play Video

Three Changes

Watch the official Three Changes video by The Good The Bad And The Queen in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Tyad A Dah Sumn Yah Play Video

Tyad A Dah Sumn Yah

Watch the official Tyad A Dah Sumn Yah video by Queen Ifrica in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

View more Queen videos from Muzu or Youtube

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Queen Biography

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music.

Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury (then known by hid birth name of Farrokh "Freddie" Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell's departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to "Queen", and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later in 1974 and A Night at the Opera in 1975 that gained the band international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock's most recognisable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009. Starting in 2013, May and Taylor will be touring with Adam Lambert under the name of Queen + Adam Lambert.

The band have released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. Estimates of their album sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million albums, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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