The world-renowned rock band, “Queen,” was formed in 1970 in England. Within a short span of 10 years, the group had gained millions of followers and become one of the biggest stadium rock bands across the globe. Let’s learn some interesting facts about the member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Not all artists are drop-outs
A general misconception of society on rock stars not being educated as they dedicate their entire lives to music. A big punch to this misconception is the Queen band, as, except Freddie Mercury, the rest of the band members possessed post graduate degrees.
Freddie Mercury aka Farrokh Bulsara
Freddie Mercury was initially named Farrokh Bulsara as he belonged to an Indian family based from Gujarat. He had later changed his name to Freddie Mercury when he was in boarding school.
Freddie named the band Queen
Freddie was a rebel against the norms of society and knew to call the all-male group; “Queen” would raise questions on sexuality. But he thought it would be a beautiful and strong sounding name.
“I want it all” inspired from Brian’s wife
Brian May claimed that the source of inspiration behind the song was his wife, Anita Dobson when she uttered the words,” I want it all, and I want it now.”
Accidental invention of the stand-free mic
In one of the Queen shows, the microphone stand of Freddie broke, and instead of immediately seeking a new one, he kept on singing as he held the stub of the stand holding the microphone. This later became one of his signature props and then to be used many other singers.
John Deacon is more than a bassist
Not much people know this but John Deacon is a trained electronics engineer, and most of the equipment used by the band was built by him.
MJ insisted on releasing “Another one bites the dust.”
Initially, Queen did not intend on releasing the song. But when Michael Jackson heard it at the backstage of an L.A concert, he convinced them to release it which later became one of their most successful singles and sold over 7 million copies worldwide.
A song composed in a bath
The song, “Crazy little thing called love” was written by Freddie Mercury when he was bathing in a tub in a hotel. Freddie had the piano bought right next to his tub so he could form the song at the moment.
“I like to ride my bicycle,” but Freddie didn’t
Contrary to the lyrics in the song, “bicycle race,” Freddie did not like riding his bicycle. Another lyric, “I don’t like Star Wars,” but in reality, he loved watching it.
Queen honored by England
In the year 1999, the nation of England honored the Queen Rock band by releasing a postage stamp commemorating the great Freddie Mercury.