Your Majesty, Queen

Queen impacted the music industry and the world with their songs (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits facudowin).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits facudowin

Queen impacted the music industry and the world with their songs (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits facudowin).

Queen, a legendary British rock band, shaped their music into an art form by experimenting with unique methods and styles to create their imaginative songs.

The band wasn’t always the iconic lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. Before its origins, May and Taylor played in Smile, another British band, that was dismantled after Tim Staffell left to join Humpy Bong, a different 70s band.  Freddie Mercury, who had been following the band, encouraged them to continue their musical journey, change their name to Queen, and play their first gig on July 18th, 1970. However, it wasn’t until 1971 that the trio decided on John Deacon as the official bass player.

“The music itself has an “old-vibe” to it, so it makes the “non-mainstream” kids vibe with it. Also, it’s good music in general. Same reason why Michael Jackson stays so popular. It has a vintage twist to it,” said sophomore Enoch Orozco.

During the beginning of their career, Queen was charted in the top 100 in the U.K. and the United States, and it wasn’t until their third album that they hit international success. It was at this time in which some of their greatest hits were written and recorded, such as “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” all of which became best sellers. In 1978, Queen toured the U.S. and Canada, and in ’79, toured Europe and Japan. Both tours led the band into an expansion of albums, performances, and other TV show appearances.

“They made something people weren’t used to, and it sparked [people’s] attention. Everyone loves new and different,” said sophomore Elisa Payan.

In 1985, the group experienced a regression of their popularity amongst the rest of the world. However, Queen was asked to perform at Live Aid, a concert used to raise money for the Ethiopian famine. The live audience was over 72,000 people, and a TV audience of 1.9 billion people. The performance revitalized the band’s popularity, or a “shot in the arm” as Roger Taylor called it. The band ended ‘85 and began ‘86 with a bang. Using the popularity gained by the Live  Aid concert, Queen had an increase in record sales, released a new single, a limited-edition box set, and recorded a new album. In the summer of 1986, the group went on their final tour with the original four members. Mercury was later diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, which would put an end to their reign as the monarchs of the music world. He would pass on November 23rd, 1991. Shortly after his death, “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be re-released and a new release of “These Are The Days Of Our Lives,” which would stay at the top of the charts in the U.K. for five weeks. Initial proceeds from the release of the single – approximately £1,000,000 – would be donated to an AIDS charity.

“They were different. They sparked [the public’s interest],” said Payan.

While the iconic group had been separated, they still performed as “Queen” with additional vocalists. Paul Rodgers joined them for a world tour in 2005 and 2006, and would eventually produce a studio album. This fling was short lived as the trio split and went their ways. However, May and Taylor still performed together, but would eventually end their contract with EMI Recording Studios in 2010. The team, along with Adam Lambert, embarked on a worldwide tour in 2017, and completed it in early 2018.

Queen is an icon of  70s and 80s music and is still influencing the industry today. Other artists such as Pentatonix and Panic! At the Disco have done covers of Queen’s most beloved songs, simply demonstrating how their influence has carried on into the modern generation. The release of the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” on November 2nd,  reflects on their success and impact they made on the whole world, both past and present.

“[The movie] means they have a story. They were obviously successful because they became a hit group, but like most famous people they hit a peak and began to fall,” said Greer Middle College sophomore Belle Lewis.