Artist Existence Failure: Freddie died a tragic death from AIDS. He kept it a closely guarded secret and only went public with it less than 24 hours before his death. It has to be said though that there were quite a few hints in their songs and in the fact that Freddie hadn't appeared in any music video since These Are the Days of Our Lives.
Blatant Lies: Brian May's claimed several times that without Hot Space there would've been no Thriller. Other than the fact not a single MJ interview has supported the claim, and not a single interview with the album's guest musicians, producers, engineers, composers, etc., has either, there's this: more than half of the Thriller album was not written by Michael, but by people who weren't by any means Queen fans (that we know of) and who couldn't have possibly listened to Hot Space before its release (and by that time all the Thriller songs had been written and were being recorded). Off the four songs Michael did write for Thriller, one was written in the 70s, one recycles the progression from a 1978 track, one was heavily inspired by The Knacks' My Sharona and the other one was influenced by, to the point of almost being plagiarism of, Hall & Oates' I Can't Go for That. The result: out of 9 songs on Thriller, none (0%) were Hot Space influenced.
Career Resurrection: They hadn't exactly fallen into obscurity by that point, but people were starting to regard Queen as old hat and past their prime... until Live Aid, that is.
The "It's a Hard Life" video. May isn't a big fan of it and Taylor outright hates it, calling it "the worst music video ever" on the Greatest Hits 2 commentary. They've both admitted loving the song, though. Taylor had also admitted in a recent documentary that it was the most fun he had on a video shoot, he just doesn't like the finished product.
Both Deacon and Taylor publicly panned Jazz and Hot Space. The latter was defended by May (who claims that without it there'd have been no Thriller - (Michael Jackson agreed that their album was an influence on him) and Mercury (whose debut solo album is basically a Hot Space II).
Whatever his current sentiments, rumour has it that Brian wanted nothing to do with "Don't Stop Me Now" initially when it was being recorded, and it took a bit of convincing on Freddie's part to get him to throw in guitar bits throughout.
Freddie was not pleased with the sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano, which John insisted on playing on "You're My Best Friend". Freddie preferred the sound of the acoustic piano. He still loved the song itself, though.
It took lots of fighting and arguing before finally deciding to add a guitar solo to the song "Back Chat", mostly because John Deacon, the composer, wanted to eliminate every possible rock element from this song.
Roger Taylor hated "Another One Bites the Dust" so much he refused to play through the song, recording merely a short loop and telling the rest of the band to play to that. It's surprising he didn't just tell the band to use a drum machine so he wouldn't need to be on the song at all.
Freddie Mercury and John Deacon both disliked "Gimme the Prize". The movie's director didn't seem to like it either.
Creator Breakdown: Some songs from Innuendo are about the band coming to terms with Freddie's illness and eventual death, particularly "The Show Must Go On", "These Are The Days Of Our Lives", and "Delilah". Freddie downplayed his songs regularly as meaningless, particularly those that dealt with issues he wanted private (especially his sexuality and his illness from AIDS).
As soon as he revealed his illness, he wanted to conduct his life as "normally" as possible, keep the press away, protect those he loved, and not have fans buy Queen's music out of sympathy. So he regularly denied he was ill until the next-to-last day of his life.
Fan Nickname: 'Bo Rhap' for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (acknowledge by Freddie in some concerts and interviews), 'Deacy' (pronounced, and sometimes spelt, 'Deaky') for 'John Deacon' (used often by Brian May - Roger and Freddie always called him 'John', though), 'Maylor' for Brian May + Roger Taylor, 'Dr May' for Brian May (recently a certified PhD, which makes it accurate).
I Am Not Spock: Roger formed a parallel band in the 80's, where he was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist rather than the drummer. He was extremely annoyed by fans and journalists still thinking of him as the drummer. His solo career also suffered a bit from it.
Roger sometimes showed annoyance about being considered only as "the drummer", even with Queen. There are some interviews where he introduces himself as "the drummer and one of the vocalists" of the band.
Inspiration Nod: The band recorded Queen II in August 1973, shortly after Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was at the peak of its popularity. Both albums have a heartbeat fade-in on the opening track.
Life Is Real is Freddie's tribute to John Lennon, and includes the line 'Lennon is a genius.'
Let Me Entertain You mentions their record labels at the time (Elektra in America, EMI in Britain) and the fact they sang in Japanese (the second and third choruses of Teo Torriatte).
The song Dragon Attack, from 1980, mentions their chief engineer (later promoted to producer) Mack.
Around mid-80's, John Deacon lost his licence for a year because of a DUI. Roger Taylor referenced that in his song Don't Lose Your Head.
Another Deacon-related one: he once went AWOL during some recording sessions leaving just a note on his bass saying 'gone to Bali', which shocked and upset the rest of the band. The line 'we went to Bali' was incorporated to Was It All Worth It, which Freddie thought at the time would be his swan song (he didn't think he'd live long enough for another album).
The Pete Best: Original bassist and singer Tim Staffell, before Freddie and John joined. This isn't counting the various bassists who were in the band after changing their name to Queen but before finding John, since they only lasted roughly a gig or so.
The Red Stapler: Good Omens features a running gag about CDs turning into "The Best of Queen" if they're left in a car long enough, name dropping several songs along the way. At the time, there wasn't a Queen album that had every song listed, but fans of the book made such an uproar that one was created.
After Freddie died, it was given serious consideration as to having George Michael take over as full-time lead singer.note His rendition of "Somebody to Love" was considered to be the best performance at the Tribute Concert.
Brian May has expressed regrets over not releasing a proper soundtrack for Highlander with Michael Kamen's score complementing the band's compositions.
In a 1986 interview, Freddie suggested that he would eventually stop performing if he felt he was getting too old for it and focus on songwriting and producing instead.
Before Freddie's death rumors were spreading of them touring with David Bowie
There were some discussions about Adam Lambert touring with them after her performed with them at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2011.
A rare case of what almost wasn't: Live Aid. Queen was initially opposed to performing for one simple reason: no microphone checks due to the setup of the event (20 minutes total for each band, get in and be done). However, they caved in and well, history was made.