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What Happened To Queen After Freddie Mercury Died?

The rock band, Queen, were formed in London in 1970 and comprised four original band members: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

Queen At LIVE AID in 1985

Freddie Mercury

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.

John Deacon

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 charity events and award ceremonies and were accompanied by 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 again start touring with Queen +, which 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 successful album, ‘The Cosmos Rocks’, was released in 2008, the band toured again to sold-out stadiums across Europe, Russia and South America. Unfortunately, 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 competition's winner (Kris Allen) and the runner-up (Adam Lambert).

In May 2011, the band celebrated their 40th anniversary by re-releasing several Queen remastered albums and greatest hits records across the world.

Queen received the Global Icon award at the 2011 MTV Europe music awards. Queen closed the ceremony with Adam Lambert as the vocalist. Due to feedback from the collaboration, Queen + and Adam Lambert became Queen + Adam Lambert and are still working together presently (2011 - 2019).

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