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What happened To Queen After Freddie Mercury Died?
Queen were formed in London in 1970 and comprised of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
Queen At LIVE AID in 1985
Freddie Mercury was the influential, iconic front man that drove Queen to their success as one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia which was brought on as a complication of AIDS.
After Freddie Mercury died the remaining members of the band started to organise ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness’ that was celebrated on 20th April 1992.
In 1995 the final Queen album (with the original 4 members) was released, titled ‘Made in Heaven’ and featured vocals from recordings of Freddie Mercury in 1991, material left over from previous albums and re-worked material from May, Taylor and Mercurys solo albums.
In 1997, John Deacon decided to retire from the band after playing ‘the show must go on with Elton John and the Bejart Ballet in Paris and was only the second time Queen had performed live since Freddie Mercury had passed away.
Brian May & Roger Taylor
Brian May and Roger Taylor continued to perform and charity events and award ceremonies and were accompanied with guest vocalists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Robbie Williams, Wyclef Jean, George Michael and Elton John amongst others and would go under the title Queen +.
Queen + Paul Rogers
From 2004 to 2009 Brian May and Roger Taylor announced that they would once again start touring with Queen + and this would be the first Queen tour since 1986.
Paul Rogers would be the new vocalist with Queen + and toured Europe, Japan and North America in 2006.
After the release of the very successful album ‘The Cosmos Rocks’ In 2008, the band toured again to sold out stadiums across Europe, Russia and South America. Queen and Paul Rogers had an amicable split in 2009.
From 2009 to 2011 Brian May and Roger Taylor performed live on shows such as American Idol, with the winner for the competition (Kris Allen) and the runner up (Adam Lambert).
In May 2011 the band celebrated their 40th anniversary with re-releasing a number of Queen remastered albums and greatest hits records across the world.
At the 2011 MTV Europe music awards, Queen received the Global Icon award. Queen closed the ceremony with Adam Lambert as the vocalist. Due to feedback received from the collaboration, Queen + and Adam Lambert become Queen + Adam Lambert and are still working together presently (2011 - 2019).