Generally, the working relationship with the band is that we tend to leave each other alone, musically, unless asked. That would be my interpretation. If someone has an idea, you assume that they want to be left alone to get on with it and put it across the best way. Sometimes, they’ll come and talk about it, which I do a lot. Maybe I can’t make a decision so I’ll come to the others and say, ‘How does this strike you?’ and they’ll suggest something and usually I’ll agree.

Brian May [Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown kings of Rock]

At the moment, we’ve made an album which, let’s face it, is too much to take for most people. But it was what we wanted to do.

Freddie Mercury on A Night At the Opera quoted by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, 9/27/75 

It’s not true. Or if it was, I never saw it…. Actually, it could have been true.

Roger Taylor on the rumor that there were dwarves with trays of cocaine strapped to their head at their famous “Halloween party” [Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown kings of Rock]

What does exactly the lyrics of '39 is about?


Okay…. I’ve heard Brian explain it, but I can’t find the quote. But I remember when I read it, the explanation on wikipedia was spot on. Quite honestly, I get the explanation, but I have a hard time explaining it. 

”“‘39” was May’s attempt to do “sci-fi skiffle”. “‘39” relates the tale of a group of space explorers who embark on what is, from their perspective, a year-long voyage. Upon their return, however, they realize that a hundred years have passed, because of the time dilation effect in Einstein’s special theory of relativity, and the loved ones they left behind are now all dead. “

Source: x

Hi...I would like to know that the two lions on Queen'logo...which one stands for John and which one stands for Roger?Thanks!!!


Hmm….. I’m not sure. I’m not sure if when Freddie was designing it, he had them in mind, or just thought “Okay, well, they’re both leos…..” I’m sorry I couldn’t help you. :) But if anyone else knows of anything….

Sorry for the late reply! 

The first time I heard that ‘No time for losers’ line I said, ‘You can’t do this, Fred. You’ll get killed.’ But it wasn’t saying that Queen are the champions, it was saying ‘We, everybody, are the champions.’ It is schmaltzy and it does slightly make you shudder, but Freddie can pull that sort of thing off where most people would just make you feel sick attempting it.

Brian May [source: Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock] 

Darling, I’m simply dripping with money! It may be vulgar, but it’s wonderful.

Freddie Mercury [Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock] 

People want to hear QUEEN music. They want to hear it done great, and they want to have Roger and I play and we love to play. Neither Roger or I are desperate to go out and do what we did, because we did it. It’s not like we’re always looking for someone to sing for us. Organically, this happened with Adam. We just felt good about it, and we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel it was right and natural. So having this opportunity is great for me. We’re still alive, thank God, and we’re still healthy enough to go out and tread the boards one more time.

Brian May x

He’s sensational. I describe him as almost a camp Elvis [Presley]. He has this unbelievable range, ‘cause [late QUEEN singer] Freddie [Mercury] had a great range. Adam can really cover it. He’s an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality. It was very comfortable.

Roger Taylor on Adam Lambert x

I was there for the real thing. We want to re-create some memories for people - the ones who were lucky enough to see Queen live. And for young people who go, it gives them an idea of what we go on about.

Peter Freestone, Freddie’s personal assistant on creating his own tribute band x

Was Roger the best friend of Freddie?


Well, I mean, they were all friends. Whether or not they were best friends, I’m not sure. But Roger does seem to care about Freddie. And, when you look at the way that Freddie expresses his feelings and emotions, it seems like he really cares for Roger too. I think this especially came through when Freddie was dying. That’s when you really started to see how much they all cared for him and vice versa. I think it all depends on who you talk to. :)

Do you know the brand of aviators Freddie wore? Any followers that have some info?


Ray-Ban. I haven’t found too many reliable sources, (such as a Queen site), but I think it’s safe to say he wore Ray-Ban. That brand is common, but especially among celebrities (I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but a lot of people say that Buddy Holly’s signature glasses are Ray-Ban). Another thing too, is that I think they’re one of the few brands of aviators. (I mean, you can get knock offs, but as far as “real brands” go……)

Adam has got a voice in a billion and his range is stupendous and he has now learned, as Freddie did, to bring it into harness – he’s not a boy anymore and his interpretation of songs is breathtaking.

Brian May on Adam Lambert x

It was like a subconscious reflection of myself. Going out in a search of an artistic career and being afraid of leaving everything behind. This business destroys your family life quicker than anything else I think….. The pressures are to become a stereotyped rock star…. I definitely try not to be and I succeed partly. The only way I can do that is by continually taking stock, asking myself what it all means and how worthwhile it is.

Brian May on ‘39 [source: Queen; The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock]