At this point in my own life and career, having chosen to be in the performing arts, each day I think back on those aspects that have shaped my interests. I keep going back to the legendary music of Queen, and am both intrigued and inspired by what made Queen one of the biggest rock bands in history.
I have been a big fan of theirs for the past 24 years, which coincidently is the same time when their charismatic lead singer Freddie Mercury, who is arguably the greatest vocalist of all time, demised. This Queen phenomenon is the epitome of how belief and conviction really are a virtue, because someone with a strong conviction can become so passionate about their belief that they’re willing to make a fool of themselves or even face failure repeatedly, which the band proved to be true throughout their volatile career.
Through my perspective, what made Queen a legend wasn’t just the music . They were all about the drama, the theatrics, the showmanship, the stories the lyrics were telling you, and everything about Art that touches you. There is a reason that their legacy has lived on. Their songs were about pure optimism, unaltered hope, the power of love, and the strength of freedom â€“ all sang by one of the most legendary voices. As Freddie ‘s health deteriorated, he became more and more resilient to be creative and powerful in his work, which I believe is the best work by Queen, showing he had the character from which great things are built on. He saw no limits to where his talents could take him and no boundaries to his extraordinary musical imagination.
The four members – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor – changed the course of musical history, and inspired a generation to rock. It all started when a couple of science students from Imperial College in London were about to throw in the towel after their lead vocalist had left. Faroukh Bulsara, who became the legendary Freddie Mercury, a friend from Ealings Art College, volunteered to be the singer and took the leap of faith, which lead to one of the greatest bands of all time. Queen’s unique sound evolved as they reached global stardom, playing to sold out stadiums and producing worldwide hits raking massive fame and fortune as if they knew that time is not on their side.
Through all of their work, one thing is for certain – they passionately believed that excellence can never be achieved without labour. They had a purpose and knew that their efforts and egos would not take anything but the best from themselves and from each other.
That sense of creativity, brotherhood and passion is what made them the exception, and is what makes them an inspiration to all.
Written By: Emmad Irfani