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.
Selected Discography: ‘A Night at the Opera’ (1975), ‘News of the World’ (1977), ‘The Game’ (1980)
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.
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.
Brian May’s health problems may have taken a turn for the worse. Last week we reported that he had undergone an MRI for some back issues. Now, we learn that the procedure uncovered “abnormalities” that have caused his doctors to recommend “urgent attention”
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