Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. The band comprised Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass). Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock.
Queen in Tokyo during their first visit to Japan for the Sheer Heart Attack tour, 1975 "We had a family relationship. It wasn’t always nice, because families aren’t always nice. We sometimes said terrible things, but we got the best out of each other. We were like four painters with a brush each but one canvas. It was a struggle. That’s what breaks bands up. There were lots of arguments about how much input everybody had. It’s funny because if it had been just me and Roger, we would never have stuck together. We needed someone who would be the diplomat. And, strangely enough, Freddie was that guy. Everybody thinks that Freddie was that flyaway guy, but he was very pragmatic. If he saw a situation that was arising between me and Roger, he would manage to find a way through, a compromise. One of Freddie’s great catchphrases was, We don’t compromise but within the band we did. And that’s why we survived." – Brian May
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