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Queen didn’t really become Queen until they decided to fill their songs with the big operatic sounds, multilayered vocals and awesome guitar lines that made their music one of rock’s most recognizable and defining. There are tiny hints of all this on the band’s 1973 self-titled debut, but it’s their fourth album, 1975’s classic ‘A Night at the Opera,’ that ushered in a period of unbridled creativity that made Queen one of the planet’s most popular groups. By the time they made 1980’s ‘The Game,’ a worldwide No. 1 hit that spawned several hit singles, Queen were selling out stadiums and seemingly unstoppable. They made a soundtrack album for a cheesy sci-fi movie, they made tongue-in-cheek music videos and they experimented with sounds that signaled the early part of the ‘80s. In the mid ‘80s, singer Freddie Mercury contracted AIDS, which would take his life on Nov. 24, 1991.

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‘We Will Rock You…’ For 15 Seconds: Queen Plays as 2012 Fireworks All Explode At Once

4th of July celebrators in San Diego, Calif. got an extremely brief but oddly spectacular fireworks show in 2012 when a malfunction caused all of the pyrotechnics to detonate at once.

As you can hear in the video below, Queen's anticipation-building anthe

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Freddie Mercury Mocks Kanye West’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ In New Video

A new video intersperses Kanye West's performance of the Queen classic with Freddie Mercury laughing.

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EMI

35 Years Ago: Queen Reach a Turning Point With ‘The Game’

After rampaging through the ‘70s, Queen were bona fide British rock royalty. All of that would begin to change with this album.

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Ian Gavan / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Watch Kanye West Perform Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Glastonbury

Kanye West's career-spanning 30-song set at Glastonbury paused to include a classic-rock favorite.

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45 Years Ago: Queen Play Their First Show

Queen got off to an inauspicious start when they performed their first gig at the City Hall in the Cornwall parish of Truro on June 27, 1970.

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Queen Announce ‘Bohemian Lager’ Beer

Queen are now the latest rockers to get involved in the beer business.

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36 Years Ago: Queen Release Their First Concert Album, ‘Live Killers’

This remains the only concert set to focus on Queen’s remarkable stadium runs in the '70s.

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Watch as the Power of Queen, AC/DC and the Rolling Stones (Temporarily) Heals Dave Grohl’s Broken Leg

The Foo Fighters frontman makes a dramatic comeback with some big classic rock help.

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Soshi Games

Queen Debut Official App, ‘Queen: Play the Game’

The members of Queen have teamed up with developers Soshi Games to deliver a new official band app, titled Queen: Play the Game.

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Jim Dyson, Getty Images

Queen On Hold While Adam Lambert Works On Solo Career

Brian May says that Queen is fine with Lambert's decision to promote his new album instead of working with the band.

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