As the IHeartRadio awards made its way towards our television screens this past Friday, many of the performances that took place included artists such as Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, The Weeknd, and many others. But as entertaining as these performances may have been, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would have been like if classic rock n’ roll artists like Queen would have performed in this day and age. Sure it would take an extreme amount of time travel, but it would be the performance of a lifetime. Here are the top five fun facts about the legendary band.
- During many of their early performances in the 1970’s, Freddie Mercury would throw roses to the crowds at the end of every show to thank his fans. But after a while, he was told that if he was going to throw roses, he would better pick off the thorns first. Apparently, the crowd did not like getting scratched and thorned when receiving their flowers.
- The talented lead guitarist Brian May that provided the band with unique riffs and sounds to their music is not only a legendary rock icon, but he also has a PhD in Astrophysics. By the time Queen was taking off in the early 1970’s, he was towards the end of reaching his degree but decided to opt out to be in the band full time. He later went on to get his degree, and who’s to say that you can’t be a genius in a rock band?
- Thanks to the members of Queen, we now have the concert shows that we have all come to love. Before they made their debut to the world, concerts were shows where people sat down and simply enjoyed the music. Or if you were a Beatles fan you screamed at the top of your lungs. But Queen decided that if you are paying for a show, you might as well get a show. Thus came the lights, fog machines, and leotard.
- Like many groups, when first starting out contracts give little to the artists. Upset that they were being ‘ripped off’ by their contract manager, Norman Sheffield, Freddie Mercury wrote the song “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To…)”. Norman Sheffield became outraged with Mercury saying that he was insulting him with the song, but Mercury denied that it was written towards him. But I think the lyrics speak for themselves: “You’ve taken all my money, and you want more. Misguided old mule.”
- Last but not least, during a recording session in Wessex Studios the members of Queen came face to face with the members of the Sex Pistols. Anarchy vs. Monarchy, Sid Vicious picked a fight with Freddie Mercury. With his great witticism in tow, Mercury called him Sid “Ferocious” and pushed him out of his way. Monarchy 1, Anarchy 0.