One of rock's most versatile, ambitious and flamboyant bands, Queen varied from metal to art-rock to progressive to rockabilly and applied its lavish vision to multilayered recordings and extravagant concerts.
The band formed when guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor hooked up with singer Freddie Mercury. Joined by bassist John Deacon, the quartet honed its music with a couple of years of rehearsing, releasing its first album in 1973. The band broke through in England the following year and began touring extensively in the U.S., where it finally established itself in 1975 with “A Night at the Opera” and its mock-operatic hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Queen’s 1970s popularity was cemented by the songs “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You,” which went on to become enduring sports-stadium anthems. “Under Pressure,” a collaboration with David Bowie, preceded a decline in popularity in the '80s, and the charismatic Mercury died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and May and Taylor revived the Queen name and music in 2005 with Free and Bad Company alumnus Paul Rodgers on vocals.