They are among the giants of rock music – even more than four decades after their founding and more than two decades after the death of their brilliant frontman Freddie Mercury. Their sound is unmistakable, their creativity literally, and their gigantic live performances have made the band immortal. “Queen” is a legend and next to the “Beatles” and the “Rolling Stones” the essential band that has written rock history more than once. The band “Queen” was founded in 1970, when a colorful guy named Farrokh Bulsara met two musicians from the London college band “Smile”, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor has played without notable success since the end of the Roaring Sixties. He persuaded the two to try something new together – a weird combination of rock music and operetta. Shortly afterward, bassist John Deacon joined the new formation, who quickly named themselves with their unique, unmistakable style in the London scene in live performances and remained unchanged for more than two decades.
Farrokh Bulsara was born on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar and moved to London with his parents in 1964 before the revolutionized turmoil, from then on called himself Freddie Mercury and became – alongside Mick Jagger – the most brilliant live performer in rock history. Freddy’s family came from the Persian minority in India, the Parsi. He spent his childhood in both Zanzibar and India. There he attended the English boarding school St. Peter’s School in Panchgani in 1955.
He kept his nickname “Freddie”, which he got here at the boarding school, all his life. His musical talent was recognized and promoted for the first time in St. Peter’s. In 1963 Freddie returned briefly to Zanzibar with his parents and sister Kashmira before the family – the father worked for the British – went into exile in London. Here he attended the Polytechnic and graduated from Ealing College of Art from 1966 to 1969 with graphics. During this time, he designed fashionable clothes and portrayed his favorite stars.
As Freddie Mercury, the charismatic and creative singer shaped the band’s unmistakable style, which benefited from his acting talent and his extraordinary musicality and his unmistakable voice, the scope of which reached to falsetto. From then on, the Queen’s trademark included glitter shirts, make-up, nail polish, and women’s costumes. And, of course, Freddie Mercury’s white suits and his platform-soled shoes. The new sound was bombastic, theatrical, stylistically diverse, and often humorous.
It took two years from their untitled menu album “Queen” in 1973 to their first number one album in Great Britain. Also, “Queen” landed in the top ten with “A Night At The Opera” in the USA, Germany, and Austria. From then on, the band’s career rose steadily around the world. The list of hits is long. Above all, however, “Queen” became immortal through the legendary concerts in mega arenas and stadiums: in London at Wembley Stadium and in Hyde Park, at the “Rock in Rio” festival (the second-largest mass event after Woodstock) or the open air in Budapest. Also, Queen wrote the world hit “Under Pressure” for David Bowie. The greatest Queen hits include “Bohemian Rapsody”, “Radio Gaga”,
At Bob Geldof’s “Live Aid” concert in London in 1985, fans had the opportunity to do all of this singing along to famous “Queen” hits, and the band wrote music history again with their 20-minute performance and was voted “Best Act”. In 1986 the band went on their last major tour, the famous “Magic Tour”. The album “A Kind Of Magic” – composed for the film “Highlander” – also achieved cult status. In 1989 the album “The Miracle” was released.
After that, Freddie Mercury withdrew increasingly from the public – his health continued to deteriorate. Nevertheless, he recorded another album – “Innuendo”, which again became an absolute world hit.
On November 23, 1991, Freddie Mercury announced in a press release that he had AIDS. Tragically, he died the next day as a result of pneumonia. On Easter Monday of the following year, the other band members held a memorial concert at Wembley Stadium in London. World stars such as George Michael, Elton John, and Guns’N Roses interpreted the greatest “Queen” hits. In 1995, on Freddie Mercury’s death, “Made In Heaven” was released, the last album by “Queen.”
Since 2003 numerous “Best of” DVDs and albums by the band have been released with sustained great success, and since 2002, the Queen musical “We Will Rock” has brought the history and sound of the legendary band to life again on stage.