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Queen

25 Things You Didn't Know

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    Meet Queen. The original members included Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.

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    Freddie Mercury's real name is Farrokh Bulsara, but his passport read Frederick Mercury.

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    Brian's guitar was built by him and his father, with wood from a 200-year-old mantelpiece.

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    The music videos for "We Will Rock You and "Spread Your Wings" were filmed in Roger's own backyard.

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    Farrokh Bulsara, AKA Freddie Mercury, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania to Indian Parsi parents. When he was 10 he went to boarding school in Bombay.

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    Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics.

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    Brian May uses a sixpence coin to play his guitar.

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    Queen's song with David Bowie "Under Pressure" was a spontaneous collaboration, when Bowie just happened to be near the studio while they were recording.
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    Their albums "A Night At The Opera" and "A Day At The Races" were named after silent movies by The Marx Brothers.
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    Freddie didn't go public with his AIDS until the day before he died on November 24th, 1991.

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    When he was younger, John Deacon was known to his friends as "Deaks" and "Deaky."

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    When Roger was 7, he formed his first band called the Bubblingover Boys, and he played the ukulele.

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    Brian is extremely passionate about badgers and foxes.

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    "Bohemian Rhapsody" became one of the best-selling singles of all time, and in 1992 appeared in the movie "Wayne's World."

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    There are numerous statues around the world tributing Freddie Mercury, including Montreux, Switzerland, and West End's Dominion Theatre. Here his parents Bomi Bulsara and Jer Bulsara psoe with Spanish opera star Montserrat Caballe after unveiling a statue of the singer during a ceremony on 25 November 1996.

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    In May 2009, Brian and Roger performed "We are the Champions" on the season finale of "American Idol" with winner Kris Allen, and runner-up Adam Lambert.

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    Queen took the stage with Adam Lambert again closing the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. They performed "The Show Must Go On," " We Will Rock You," and "We Are The Champions." The performance was such a success that Adam joined the group in a few more shows.

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    Before Queen, Brian and Roger were in a band together called Smile.
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    In his will Freddie left money to his chef, personal assistant, and driver.

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    Roger Taylor's middle name is Meddows.

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    Freddie was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery in West London, but the only person who is believed to know the whereabouts of his ashes is Mary Austin, who he had a long-term relationship with but ended when he began an affair with a male record executive at Elektra Records.

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    John created an amp called the ‘Deacy Amp’, which were used by Brian and John.

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    In the video for These Are the Days of Our Lives, he wore a vest with all of his cats on it. He had 10 cats, and sometimes would call home to check up on them while on tour.

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    Queen's crest was designed by Freddie, and is made up of the astrological signs of all four members - two Leos, one Cancer, and one Virgo.
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    Queen performed during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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