When you think of classic rock anthems that can rock an entire stadium, you think of the band Queen. The band created some of the most iconic rock music of the 1970s and 1980s, including “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
With Freddie Mercury on lead vocals, Brian May on guitar, John Deacon on bass and Roger Taylor on drums, the band rose to fame not only with a string of rock hits, but also with the look, feel and group stage presence. at every gig they played.
However, they could have ended up with very different careers unrelated to music. Each band member actually holds a degree in a different field of study, and if they hadn’t decided to pursue their passion for music, the world could have ended up with another dentist, engineer, graphic designer, and astronomer. .
Queen is an iconic rock band from the 70s
When rock fans think of Queen, they think of classic ’70s rock anthems. The band debuted with another name. Before Mercury decided to change the band’s name to Queen, they were originally known as Smile. And Smile wasn’t Mercury’s first time on stage.
In the mid-’60s, Mercury sang in a blues band called Wreckage, according to GQ. It was around this time that Mercury was introduced to Taylor and May, who had previously created Smile. Once the band built a following, they became best known for hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Radio Ga Ga”, and “We Will Rock You”.
Queen was also known for collaborating with other great artists of the 1970s and 1980s. They collaborated with David Bowie for “Under Pressure”, which is sometimes best known for its bass line which is also included on the track “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Mercury also recorded a series of duets with Michael Jackson, but those songs were never originally released, and only one was released in 2014 on Queen’s compilation album, according to Biography.
Each band member had a different career path before joining Queen
According to Domesticated Companion, each Queen band member had a different career path in mind before they started with the band. May studied astronomy, earning a doctorate. in physics and astronomy that took him a long time. He has not completed his doctorate. until 2007.
Deacon earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering. Taylor went to medical school. There he began to study dentistry, but instead switched to studying biology. He graduated with a BSc from East London Polytechnic.
Mercury, influenced by his parents and their desire to see their son succeed in a career, began studying art in West London. After moving into graphic art and design, Mercury graduated with a two-year degree in 1969. Between the time he graduated and the start of his rock star journey, he worked part-time as a porter. at Heathrow Airport.
Mercury used his background in graphic arts for the group
Although the other band members had trained in other professions before the band was formed, none of their degrees were directly related to what would become their rock star careers. However, Mercury was able to incorporate his knowledge of graphic design into the creation of the Queen’s logo, according to Smooth Radio.
The logo features each band member’s zodiac sign, along with a Phoenix rising above the rest of the animals in what looks like a classic British coat of arms and has been dubbed by fans as the Queen Crest. It features on the band’s album covers as well as most of their merchandise.
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