Queen Celebrates 40th Anniversary
They’ve paid their dues, time after time. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the world famous rock band Queen, and the celebration will be huge. Over the next year the band will release multiple albums, re-releases, specialty items and host events around the world.
The band formed in March of 1971, which John Deacon become a member of the new up and coming band Queen. It had been known as Smile, but when Freddie Mercury became lead singer and pianist, the new name was instituted. Over the 40 years of concerts and practice the band has released 18 albums and 18 chart topping singles. Over 300 million albums have been sold around the world, and were inducted into both of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the United States and U.K., making Queen one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
Due to Queen’s continued popularity online, internet video provider Vevo has opened a dedicated Queen channel on YouTube for the anniversary. This is just the beginning of the celebration. All 15 of Queen’s studio recorded albums are being re-mastered and re-released this year. All of the albums will feature two discs – the first with the original songs, the second with rarities that have never been released to the public pulled from the band member’s personal collections.
A gallery exhibition under the name of “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” opened on February 25th in London, and will soon tour in galleries around the world. Seven-inch vinyl releases are also planned for some of Queen’s most popular singles, including the debut “Keep Yourself Alive”. Greatest Hits II is scheduled to release on April 19th, and many more interesting Queen activities and items are sure to follow.