From reading the title I know what allot of you may be thinking! Ohhh that is a mighty BIG call to make especially with bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Who, Deep Purple and the much ahead of it’s time Pink Floyd. Yes, all worthy of holding the title of greatest rock band. I know you may think that I have lost my argument and I am not even through the first paragraph. Well buckle up and get ready to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane (my memory lane that is).
I was no older than 11 years old when I really took notice and heard my very first Queen song. I mean sure my Dad had been listening to music like this for no doubt since his twenties (but that is a whole other story) but this was a moment that really struck a chord with me and really began the start of my love affair with the 70’s. I can remember playing outside with my sisters on our pre loved bicycles when we were called in for lunch by our mother, coming into the house I felt a giant smack in the face of this music that was edgy, deep, up beat, naughty and lyrically singing to my soul. What was this? What was happening to me? I instantly felt a surge of excitement and passion for what this man was singing to me from my dad’s vinyl player. What he was saying in his lyrics I had no idea, but I didn’t care the music was loud, had a great beat, amazing vocals and harmonies and I wanted to hear more.
It wasn’t till a number of years later when I was in my teens and pondering the bigger issues of life and purpose when I discovered my dads vinyl collection. I remember thinking what treasure trove have I just stumbled across and since when did my Dad become so cool? The vinyl facing up at me was Queen – Greatest Hits and from there the love affair began.
Queen’s music can be best described as a combination of hard rock, glam and arena rock, mixed in with a bit of pop. This British band from London formed in 1970 with lead man – Freddie Mercury, bass guitarist - John Deacon, guitarist – Brian May and drummer – Roger Taylor. Famous for their hit songs like “We will rock you, Bohemian rhapsody, and Bicycle race” just to name a few and Freddie’s flamboyant and unpredictable showmanship propelled Queen to global success throughout the 70’s and 80’s.
So here are some fun facts that you may or may not know about Queen…
Every band member wrote and sung lead on their own songs and was each responsible for writing number 1 singles for the band.
Brian May custom built his signature guitar called the red special with the assistance of his father.
Freddie Mercury’s real name is Farookh Bulsara and was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
So why this love affair with Queen? Partly it was the music. Listening to Queen I felt inspired and my mind became open to endless possibilities of life.
My imagination and dreams could be made possible. I mean why not? Songs like “I want to break free, don’t stop me now” and the classic “we are the champions” made me believe it to be so.
To me everything about Queen and Freddie’s in your face eccentric on and off stage antics as well as his flamboyant attitude screamed, “Here I am world, this is me”…
That was how I wanted to live my life. By taking risks and stepping outside the box, breaking norms, choosing my own journey, doing it my way and not be ashamed but proud of the person and individual that I was.
Yep I had decided as a teenager I would be my own Queen and do things my way!!