8 interesting facts about Queen

Kat Mayuga

Queen is one of the most famous rock bands in history. No doubt about it. And just a few weeks ago, their biopic entitled Bohemian Rhapsody has been receiving positive feedback from the audience.

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If you’re still burning with the Queen fever, here are eight interesting facts about the band you can get your teeth into.

1. MJ convinced Queen to release Another One Bites the Dust

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As luck would have it, the late Michael Jackson was backstage when the boys were playing Another One Bites the Dust. Although the band didn’t think the song was ready, MJ convinced them to reconsider.

2. Not only musicians

Did you know that besides creating wonderful music, the guys also excelled in science? Brian May studied physics and mathematics at the Imperial College London. He graduated with honors and earned a Ph.D. by 2008.

On the other hand, John Deacon is a trained electronics engineer and built a lot of the equipment the band used. He’s also the inventor of the famous Deacy Amplifier.

3. The Queen honored Queen by releasing a stamp

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In 1999, a postage stamp commemorating Freddie Mercury was released to honor the band Queen. It even drew flak from the Royal family because they accidentally included Roger Taylor in the background. It is British tradition that the only living people who can appear on their stamps are members of the Royal family.

4. Brian May made his guitar with his dad

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When he was a teenager, Brian May couldn’t afford an electric guitar. The instrument was relatively new and cost hundreds of dollars. It’s a good thing that his father Harold was an electrical engineer and a handyman. Together, they produced his very own guitar which he called The Red Special.

5. What’s in a name?

Freddie Mercury was originally born Farrokh Bulsara but he earned the nickname “Freddie” while he was in boarding school. After a while, his friends and family started adopting the name until it stuck. Even his official passport has the name Frederick Mercury.

6. Freddie designed the Queen Crest

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Just before the band released their first album, Freddie designed the Queen crest. In the middle, it features a crown inside the letter Q. Surrounding them are animals inspired by the band members’ zodiac signs – two lions for Leo (Deacon and Taylor), a crab for cancer (May), and lastly, two fairies that symbolize Virgo (Mercury).

7. Brian May used a coin as his guitar pick

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Musicians can sometimes get meticulous with their tone. From their amplifiers up to the smallest details like the guitar pick. After experimenting with different kinds of picks, he settled with a British sixpence. He thought the other picks were too flexible for him.

8. Solid Fan Club

Queen impacted the world a lot that even their fan club holds a world record. The Official International Queen Fan Club is mentioned by the Guinness World Book of Records as the “longest running fan club for a band.” What an achievement! Are you thinking of joining?

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