• Composer of the Week: Queen

    queen  Queen is a British rock band formed in London, England in 1970. Over the past 50 years, they have created music that is not just well-known and liked, but iconic. The group’s early influence came from it’s original lead singer, Freddie Mercury (1946-1991). Joined by Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, the group went from playing small clubs to arenas by the height of their success.

    Queen’s music has been a mixture of rock, heavy metal and pop rock. Their most popular songs include Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Radio Gaga, Another One Bites the Dust, Barcelona, and One Vision. However, they recorded hundreds of songs over several albums. In 1985, they appeared at Wembley Stadium during an event called “Live Aid,” which raised money for the famine in Ethiopia. Queen and Freddie Mercury’s performance at the event has become nothing short of legendary. In 2018, a movie called “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released and centered around Freddie Mercury’s life. It depicts the Live Aid concert in great detail. The movie is not a documentary, but a drama based (mostly) on actual events.

    In 1991, lead singer Freddie Mercury (who was responsible for much of the band’s music) died of HIV/AIDS. The band released several albums featuring his previously recorded works in the years that followed. Several guest lead singers appeared with the band. Currently, the lead singer is former American Idol finalist Adam Lambert.

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