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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 ‘We Are the Champions’ Narrated in New Audi Commercial

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The classic rock anthem is used in a new commercial for Audi.

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40 Years Ago: Queen Play Their First Show in America

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Mick Rock/Queen Online

On April 16, 1974, Queen played their first show in America, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.

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Brian May Looks Back on Freddie Mercury’s Final Days: ‘He Was Completely Focused’

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Brian May remembers what those final recording sessions with Freddie Mercury were like.

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Brian May and Kerry Ellis on ‘The Candlelight Concerts’

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The Queen guitarist and the theatrical star discuss their intimate duo performances.

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Queen Hint at Recording New Material with Adam Lambert

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Brian May and Roger Taylor may record new tracks with Adam Lambert for a forthcoming album of unreleased material.

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40 Years Ago: Queen Release ‘Queen II’

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Many young bands have to scramble to come up with new material for that all-important second album. Queen, on the other hand, were raring to release their sophomore LP well before their label was ready.

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Queen + Adam Lambert Announce 2014 North American Tour

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As we hinted last week, Queen and Adam Lambert will tour North America this summer. The complete list of dates can be found below.

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Queen + Adam Lambert Tease Major Announcement

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Following through on Brian May's recent hints regarding an upcoming tour, Queen and Adam Lambert seem to be making plans for a major announcement.

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Paul Rudd Uses the Power of Queen to Defeat Jimmy Fallon in Lip-Sync Battle

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Last night (Feb. 25) on 'The Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon revived a much-loved feature on his previous program, the "Lip-Sync Off." His challenger on the evening was actor Paul Rudd, and both Foreigner and Queen songs were involved in the battle.

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Queen’s Brian May Looked to Freddie Mercury For Inspiration During Health Scare

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Brian May says he's often thought of the way Freddie Mercury handled his final illness when dealing with the aftermath of the Queen guitarist's own health scare. Mercury died in 1991 from complications relating to the AIDS virus.

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