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  • September 19th, 2018

    41 of Our Favorite Killer Queen Facts

    The iconic rock ‘n’ roll sensation Queen took fans by storm during the 70s, 80s, and 90s becoming one of the most recognizable musical groups across the globe. Celebrating the music of Queen, Queen Extravaganza comes to The Cap on TUE, SEP 25. Queen fans will be thrilled to learn that there will be a chance to hear all their favorite Queen songs performed live, when the official tribute band created by Roger Taylor and Brian May. Brush up on your Queen knowledge with 41 of our favorite killer queen facts and get tickets HERE .

    1. Freddie Mercury designed the iconic “Royal Crest Logo” based on all four members astrological signs.

    2. Freddie Mercury designed a stage for David Bowie in the 60s when Bowie was scheduled to play a small lunchtime set at Ealing Art College. A fascinated Mercury followed him around, offering to carry his gear. Bowie soon put him to work pushing tables together as a makeshift stage. Mercury also sold Bowie a pair of vintage boots.

    3. Freddie Mercury wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in a bathtub.

    4. Freddie Mercury dressed Lady Diana in drag and snuck her into a gay club.

    5. Freddie recorded songs with King of Pop Michael Jackson but his pet Llama kept interrupting their sessions.

    6. Freddie Mercury insisted his final resting place remain secret and it’s still a mystery.

    7. Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara, in 1970 he legally changed his name to Freddie Mercury.

    8. Brian May and his father built his guitar from scratch from a 200 year old mantelpiece.

    9. Music videos “We will rock you” and “Spread your wings” were recorded in Roger Taylor’s backyard.

    10. Queen holds the record for the longest running rock group fan club in the world, The Official International Queen Fan Club, in the Guinness Book of Records,

    11. The band only released “Another One Bites the Dust” as a single after Michael Jackson suggested it.

    12. David Bowie’s collaboration on “Under Pressure” was entirely unplanned as Bowie just happened to be near the studio during the recording.

    13. Freddie Mercury “accidentally” gave the Sex Pistols their big break. In 1976 Queen was originally booked on the talk show Today with Bill Grundy but Freddie had a dentist appointment so their label EMI sent over their new signing the Sex Pistols instead who made a splash with their wild antics.

    14. Freddie Mercury performed with the Royal Ballet Company in 1979, performing Bohemian Rhapsody.

    15. Brian May has a PHD in astrophysics from Imperial College London and was eventually appointed Chancellor in 2007 of Liverpool John Moores University.

    16. Walt Disney Company animators, animated some of the video for “These are the days of our lives.”

    17. Freddie Mercury was a cat enthusiast and Cat Fancy magazine even claimed he had up to ten cats at one point. Peter Freestone, personal assistant, quoted “he puts as much importance on them [his cats] as any human life.”

    18. In memory of Freddie Mercury’s death, “Bohemian Rhapsody/These are the Days of our lives” was released as a single and the money from it was donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust, a popular charity for HIV/AIDS.

    19. Roger Taylor wrote four tracks “Radio Ga Ga,” “A Kind of Magic,” “The Invisible Man,” and “These Are the Days of Our Lives.”

    20. John Deacon is a trained electronics engineer, even building equipment for the band like the “Decay Amp.”

    21. Guinness World Records conducted a poll for the British Hit Singles book and “Bohemian Rhapsody” was voted “The UK’s favorite hit of all time” in 2002.

    22. In 2009 Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers of all time featured Freddie Mercury at number 18.

    23. Freddie Mercury released a single before Queen covering the Ronettes and Dusty Springfield under the name Larry Lurex.

    24. Freddie Mercury accidentally spurred his trademark “bottomless mic” during a performance where his mic stand broke but he continued on carrying around the stand’s stub across stage.

    25. In 1990 Queen won the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution and all four members accepted the award. This was the last time Freddie appeared in front of an audience.

    26. Freddie Mercury was an active philatelist, a stamp collector, and his collection has been displayed worldwide at stamp shows.

    27. In 2001 Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    28. On November 25th 1996 a Freddie Mercury statue was unveiled in Montreux Switzerland standing at three meters tall overlooking Lake Geneva.

    29. Freddie Mercury had a recording range of almost four octaves.

    30. Classic Rock voted Freddie Mercury best singer of all time in 2009.

    31. On July 13th 1985 Queen performed their iconic live show at Live Aid the benefit concert to raise funds for relief of Ethiopian famine, to a crowd of over 72,000.

    32. Before Queen there was Smile, a band comprised of Brian May, Roger Taylor and Tim Staffel. While Tim Staffel didn’t end up in Queen, it was him who introduced Freddie Mercury to Brian and Roger.

    33. Freddie Mercury required his assistants to always have a pen and paper on hand in the event that inspiration struck.

    34. Queen created the theme song for Flash Gordon the 80s adaptation which became a hit.

    35. Bohemian Rhapsody experienced a resurgence in popularity after being featured in Wayne’s World.

    38. In 2003 Queen became the first band inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    39. “We Will Rock You” initially didn’t have the iconic intro until Brian May incorporated his astrophysics background to try and recreate the sound of fans clapping at a show, this lead to one of the most recognizable and iconic intros of all time.

    40. In 1999 Freddie Mercury was honored by England with a commemorative postage stamp that featured Roger Taylor in the background which sparked controversy as the only living people allowed to appear on British Stamps are members of the Royal Family.

    41. Two years after Freddie Mercury’s death fans raised 2,000 euros to create and name a new variety of yellow rose in his honor, yellow roses were his favorite flower.