Queen’s legendary status is undeniable. They are renowned for their unique sound, live performances, classic hits, record-breaking albums, theatricality, celebrated lead singer and longevity. Decades after Freddie Mercury’s death they continue to gain legions of new fans. The handful of bands that share a similar level of fame can claim some of these attributes but few, if any, can claim all of them. Their 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody attracted scathing reviews, but broke records and won awards. Queen continue to defy convention, confound critics and delight a world-wide fan base.
Their performance at 1985’s Live Aid concert is the stuff of legend. ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ have become anthems at sporting events around the world. With one of the most iconic music videos ever made, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ achieved even greater recognition through inclusion in the movie Wayne’s World. Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album has sold more than 25 million copies to date. They were one of the biggest stadium rock bands of the Eighties but the death of frontman, songwriter and producer Mercury at the start of the Nineties appeared to bring the band to a premature halt. However, with two founding members and a new singer, they continue to fill arenas. This book tells the full story of the band and its members from pre-Queen to post-Freddie.
Publication date: 20th July 2019. Price: UK £9.99
About the author:
Phil Chapman is a researcher, writer and developer for the This Day In Music stable of websites and apps. He is the author of ‘Queen Song by Song’, which chronicles the making of each of Queen’s fifteen original studio albums, with detailed notes on every track on each album. He is half-way through writing his first novel and has written the synopsis for a second.
He loves fish and chips, beer and ukuleles.