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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.

Queen’s Roger Taylor Wins March Drum Madness

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Ed Perlstein, Getty Images

We figured this would be a close one, and we were right.

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March Drum Madness: Roger Taylor vs. Neil Peart

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Ultimate Classic Rock

The finals of March Drum Madness match Roger Taylor of Queen up against Neil Peart of Rush.

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March Drum Madness: Ian Paice vs. Roger Taylor

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Ultimate Classic Rock

We're almost ready to name the winner of our 100 percent reader-voted March Drum Madness competition, but there are still some battles yet to be fought.

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UPDATED: Sacha Baron Cohen NOT Rejoining Freddie Mercury Biopic

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After a two-year absence, Sacha Baron Cohen has rejoined the Freddie Mercury biopic.

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Roger Taylor vs. Bill Ward: March Drum Madness

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Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Roger Taylor and Bill Ward have pounded their opponents during the opening rounds of our March Drum Madness competition, but now they face their toughest battle — each other.

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Bill Bruford vs. Roger Taylor: March Drum Madness

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Polydor

Most of the battles in the first round of our March Drum Madness have been pretty close, with victors just barely claiming a win.

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‘Boob-hemian Rhapsody’ Takes the Internet By Storm

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Australian comedy troupe SketchShe is lighting up the internet with their enthusiastic and self-caressing version of the ever-popular "singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in a car" video.

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41 Years Ago: Queen Painstakingly Construct a Cult Classic in ‘Queen II’

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Elektra

Queen released their second album 'Queen II' on March 8, 1974.

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Roger Taylor Vs. Mikkey Dee: March Drum Madness

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Ethan Miller / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Roger Taylor is Queen's stalwart engine, there from the first, while Mikkey Dee joined Motorhead well into their career.

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25 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Makes His Final Public Appearance

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Redferns / Getty Images

The 11th Brit Awards, held on Feb. 18, 1990, offered a moment of public triumph for the members of Queen.

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