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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 Waiting For Clearance From Michael Jackson’s Estate On Unreleased Freddie Mercury Duets

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Roger Taylor says he's still waiting to get approval from Michael Jackson's estate on the unreleased Jackson-Freddie Mercury duets.

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Lady Gaga Makes Surprise Appearance at Queen Concert

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Queen and Lady Gaga are both touring in Australia right now, and that serendipitous scheduling helped make a memorable moment for fans in attendance at Queen's Aug. 27 gig in Sydney.

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Melvins’ King Buzzo Talks About Queen’s Influence in Exclusive Video

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The Melvins' King Buzzo talks about Queen's influence in an exclusive video for Ultimate Classic Rock.

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Queen’s Brian May on Adam Lambert: ‘I Think He’s Woken Us Up’

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What was once thought of as a final farewell for Queen may instead become a rebirth.

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Queen Tabs William Orbit to Produce New Album

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Michael Loccisano/Stuart Wilson, Getty Images

William Orbit will produce the new Queen album featuring more previously unreleased vocals from Freddie Mercury.

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

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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.

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35 Years Ago: Queen Releases ‘Live Killers’

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

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Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’ Without Music Is A Little Surreal

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Queen's video for 'I Want to Break Free' is even sillier without music.

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Queen Surprise Fans with First-Ever Live Performance of Freddie Mercury’s ‘Love Kills’

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Queen took the stage in Southern California on June 16, delivering a warmup show to 400 fortunate fans that included the first-ever live performance of the Freddie Mercury solo track 'Love Kills.'

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Queen ‘Live At The Rainbow ’74′ Set For Release

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Keystone/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The group will release two concerts from 1974 on Sept. 8.

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