One of the most popular rock bands of all time, Queen's influence continues to this day. Songs such as "Bohemian Rhaspody" have received widespread acclaim, and "We Are the Champions" has long since become a regular feature at sports events. After a long wait, Queen and former American Idol finalist Adam Lambert are joining forces for the first North American tour featuring the iconic rock band since the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour in 2006. See below for upcoming tour dates and listings of Queen tickets.
|Current Tour:||Queen + Adam Lambert|
|First Album:||Queen (1973)|
|Major Tours:||Sheer Heart Attack (1974-75)|
A Night at the Opera (1975-76)
A Day at the Races (1977)
News of the World (1977-78)
The Game (1980-81)
Hot Space (1982)
The Works (1984-85)
The Magic (1986)
Queen + Paul Rodgers (2005-06)
Rock the Cosmos (2008)
Over forty years later, Queen has continued to remain a huge draw on tour. Formed in 1970, and originally consisting of Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and Freddie Mercury, Queen released its self-titled debut album in 1973. However, the band didn't hit the mainstream until its third album, Sheer Heart Attack, in 1974, in which the band moved toward its now-classic style of multi-layered vocals and overdubs. The album introduced fans to songs such as "Killer Queen," "Flick of the Wrist" and "Stone Cold Crazy."
Queen's next album, 1975's A Night at the Opera, took the band to an even higher level of popularity. While the previous album had fully introduced the band to a worldwide audience, A Night at the Opera cemented their loyalty. The album is perhaps best known for spawning the smash hit single "Bohemian Rhapsody," which has since become one of the best known and most popular songs of all time. The album received critical acclaim at the time of its release, and to this day it consistently makes "Best Album" lists produced by music periodicals.
The band's success continued throughout much of the next decade. Its next several albums, including A Day at the Races, News of the World, Jazz, and The Game, were all hits. From them, a number a hit singles were produced, including "Somebody to Love" (1976), the "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (1977) and "Bicycle Race" / "Fat Bottom Girls" (1978) duos, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1979), "Another One Bites the Dust" (1980) and "Under Pressure" (1981).
As the band entered the 1980s, however, it began to see a lull in its commercial success. Hot Space (1982) and The Works (1984) didn't perform nearly as well as the previous albums. Hot Space in particular marked a low point for the band, and following the Hot Space Tour, they stopped performing concerts in North America. Later on, The Works performed well at home in the UK, but not in the U.S.
Queen's fortunes returned with 1986's A Kind of Magic, which performed well, even though initial reviews were mixed. The album's supporting tour would be the last one with Mercury, who was diagnosed with HIV the following year. Despite the diagnosis, Mercury continued to work heavily on the following albums. He was particularly praised by Brian May for a strong performance while recording Innuendo's "The Show Must Go On," even though he was very ill at the time.
Mercury died on November 24, 1991, from complications of AIDS. While the band officially continued on, its activity following Mercury's death was much reduced. The band's popularity in the U.S. was reinvigorated by the inclusion of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the 1992 film Wayne's World. In 1995, Queen released Made in Heaven, its first album in four years. It included the final recordings Mercury made in 1991 as well as other material. It would be the band's last studio album until The Cosmo Rocks in 2008.
After Mercury's death, the band performed only occasionally, and usually only at tribute concerts for Mercury and other special events. Following one such tribute concert in 1997, Deacon retired from music. In 2004, remaining members Brian May and Roger Taylor joined up with singer-songwriter Paul Rodgers under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers. The partnership produced The Cosmo Rocks, two tours (including the first U.S. tour dates since the Hot Space Tour in 1982), and three live albums before being disbanded in 2008.
Following a much acclaimed performance with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert in 2009, the trio performed as Queen + Adam Lambert in Europe in 2011 and 2012, and at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2013. In March 2014, the three announced a new North American tour.