Queen literally lived and died by their lead singer Freddie Mercury. His powerful falsetto along with bandmates Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon's mixture of glam metal, progressive rock, and classical music cemented Queen as one of the greatest arena rock bands of all time.
Their signature song "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a hit 17 years after its release and showcased a rock/opera song put in classical form. The band sold out arenas for three decades and scored ten platinum albums. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" will ring out in stadiums, including those of former Big 12 teams, for years to come.
Despite being attacked by the music press, Queen put out great music for three decades and influenced fellow rock legends Nirvana, Metallica, and Iron Maiden with their heavy, but melodic sound. A new generation of British alternative bands led by Radiohead, Muse, and Keane has taken cues from Queen's loud guitars, operatic vocals, and subtle piano. Mercury's untimely death and the lack of a vocalist to replace him caused music fans around the world to shed tears.