So much has been written about Queen over the years that there’s little point re-hashing it all here.
So, let the facts begin…
1) Arguably Queen’s most famous song is Bohemian Rhapsody. When Mercury was asked what the lyrics meant, he replied “It bears no real meaning, it’s all rhyming nonsense.”
2) At one point, Mercury owned as many as ten cats. Personal assistant Peter Freestone wrote that he “put as much importance on them as any human life.” Mercury sometimes called home to talk to them while he was on tour. He also had paintings made of them.
3) Bassist John Deacon trained as an electronics engineer. Drummer Roger Taylor was a dental student.
4) The band only released ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ as a single at the suggestion of Michael Jackson after he met them backstage at an LA show. It ended up shifting seven million copies – the band’s best selling single.
5) Roger Taylor’s middle name is Meddows.
6) The iconic stomp-stomp-clap start to ‘We Will Rock You’ was a late edition to the track. Guitarist Brian May used his knowledge of astrophysics to create the sound after a show at Bingley Hall near Birmingham. He wanted to approximate the sound of thousands of people clapping, so he assimilated his knowledge of how soundwaves travel over finite distances, based it all on prime numbers, and the rest is uber-pomp stadium rock ‘n’ roll history.
7) The band were notorious for their decadent lifestyles, in the 70s especially. According to an un-named Queen roadie, “Roger Taylor had the reputation of being a complete rock slut. Every morning there’d be a story going round about him that would make you drop your knife and fork. Then someone would stroll in and spill the beans on what Freddie had got up to and that would make you fall off your chair.”
8) Bassist Deacon, however, was always ‘the quiet one’. But if he didn’t party as hard as the others, he was no slouch at home, producing no fewer than six children: Robert (1975), Michael (1978), Laura (1979), Joshua (1983), Luke (1992), and Cameron (1993).
9) And continuing the sex theme, the band’s video for the 1982 single Body Language was the first ever to be banned by MTV.
10) Queen are the only band in rock history to have at least one number one single written by each member of the group. Mercury and May created the bulk of them, but Taylor penned ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘A Kind of Magic’ and ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’, while Deacon wrote ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.