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* Growing up, Brian May never had the money to buy a decent guitar. So what did he do about it? He and his father ''built'' the Red Special guitar during the early sixties. The awesome part? Said guitar is ''still'' working, half a century after it was built by a teenager and his father.


* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during UsefulNotes/LiveAid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Several "best ever" lists voted this set as the Greatest Live Gig by Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])
** Part of what makes the Live Aid set so impressive in comparison to the other acts that performed is the pacing; all of the bands and artists at Live Aid had ''very'' tight time restrictions, so most only performed two or three songs (Led Zeppelin famously only played "Stairway"). Queen purposefully rehearsed and paced their set as if it still had the impact of a full Queen concert, just within a twenty minute time frame. The medley of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Radio Ga-Ga" serve as one hell of an intro, so by the time you get to "Hammer To Fall" you're off to the races! It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the biopic ''Film/BohemianRhapsody''. And they recreated it ''painstakingly''.



* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during UsefulNotes/LiveAid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was voted the Greatest Live Gig by Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])
** Part of what makes the Live Aid set so impressive in comparison to the other acts that performed is the pacing; all of the bands and artists at Live Aid had ''very'' tight time restrictions, so most only performed two or three songs (Led Zeppelin famously only played "Stairway"). Queen purposefully rehearsed and paced their set as if it still had the impact of a full Queen concert, just within a twenty minute time frame. The medley of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Radio Ga-Ga" serve as one hell of an intro, so by the time you get to "Hammer To Fall" you're off to the races!
** Almost a year later, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXOOwNS2qk0 Queen returned to Wembley]] for a show all their own, which became ''another'' great example of Freddie making that whole stadium his bitch.
*** The footage still rocked more than 25 years later, when it was used at the 2012 London Summer Olympics' closing ceremony.
** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the biopic ''Film/BohemianRhapsody''. And they recreated it ''painstakingly''.

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* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during UsefulNotes/LiveAid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took Almost a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was voted the Greatest Live Gig by Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.year later, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])
** Part of what makes the Live Aid set so impressive in comparison to the other acts that performed is the pacing; all of the bands and artists at Live Aid had ''very'' tight time restrictions, so most only performed two or three songs (Led Zeppelin famously only played "Stairway"). Queen purposefully rehearsed and paced their set as if it still had the impact of a full Queen concert, just within a twenty minute time frame. The medley of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Radio Ga-Ga" serve as one hell of an intro, so by the time you get to "Hammer To Fall" you're off to the races!
** Almost a year later, [[https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=kXOOwNS2qk0 Queen returned to Wembley]] for a show all their own, which became ''another'' great example of Freddie making that whole stadium his bitch.
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bitch. The footage still rocked more than 25 years later, when it was used at the 2012 London Summer Olympics' closing ceremony.
** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the biopic ''Film/BohemianRhapsody''. And they recreated it ''painstakingly''.
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** Part of what makes the Live Aid set so impressive in comparison to the other acts that performed is the pacing; all of the bands and artists at Live Aid had ''very'' tight time restrictions, so most only performed two or three songs (Led Zeppelin famously only played "Stairway"). Queen purposefully rehearsed and paced their set as if it still had the impact of a full Queen concert, just within a twenty minute time frame. The medley of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Radio Ga-Ga" serve as one hell of an intro, so by the time you get to "Hammer To Fall" you're off to the races!


* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])

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* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid UsefulNotes/LiveAid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was voted the Greatest Live Gig By by Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])



* Freddie's DyingMomentOfAwesome: Music/BrianMay was worried that Freddie might be too sick to do justice to "The Show Must Go On." Freddie downed a shot of vodka, said "I'll '''fucking do it''', darling!" and ''nailed'' the lead vocal in one take.
** Also "Mother Love," which was Freddie's last vocal recording. His almost supernatural performance during the middle eight is enough to send shivers down any listener's spine. When you realise that such powerful singing came from a man with barely a foot out of the grave, the more remarkable it is.
* A more singular Moment of Awesome for Brian May, who got to play ''God Save The Queen'' (which the band had previously covered as an instrumental way back on ''A Night At The Opera'' in 1975) at UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen's Golden Jubilee celebration. While standing on the roof of Buckingham Palace.

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* Freddie's DyingMomentOfAwesome: Music/BrianMay was worried that Freddie might be too sick to do justice to "The Show Must Go On." On". Freddie downed a shot of vodka, said "I'll '''fucking do it''', darling!" and ''nailed'' the lead vocal in one take.
** Also "Mother Love," Love", which was Freddie's last vocal recording. His almost supernatural performance during the middle eight is enough to send shivers down any listener's spine. When you realise that such powerful singing came from a man with barely a foot out of the grave, the more remarkable it is.
* A more singular Moment of Awesome for Brian May, who got to play ''God "God Save The Queen'' the Queen" (which the band had previously covered as an instrumental way back on ''A Night At The Opera'' in 1975) at UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen's Golden Jubilee celebration. While standing on the roof of Buckingham Palace.



* The "Radio Gaga" video was more than just a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''. It literally helped pay for the restoration of the film as well as the 1984 Giorgio Moroder re-release. The band received special permission to use footage from the film in their video.
* When, during a concert, someone in the audience shouted "You fucking poof!" at Freddie (poof being a homosexual slur), Freddie told the stage crew to shine the spotlights on the offender, and then offered his microphone to him and said, "Say it again, darling!" The heckler backed off.
* A moment of awesome for one of their most iconic songs: Music/GreenDay set up in Hyde Park on July 1st 2017 as part of a punk collaborative concert. While waiting for the band's set-up, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZnBNuqqz5g 65,000 people started singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody]].

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* The "Radio Gaga" Ga Ga" video was more than just a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''. It literally helped pay for the restoration of the film as well as the 1984 Giorgio Moroder re-release. The band received special permission to use footage from the film in their video.
* When, during a concert, someone in the audience shouted "You fucking poof!" at Freddie (poof ("poof" being a homosexual slur), Freddie told the stage crew to shine the spotlights on the offender, and then offered his microphone to him and said, "Say it again, darling!" The heckler backed off.
* A moment of awesome for one of their most iconic songs: Music/GreenDay set up in Hyde Park on July 1st 1, 2017 as part of a punk collaborative concert. While waiting for the band's set-up, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZnBNuqqz5g 65,000 people started singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody]]."Bohemian Rhapsody".]]


** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the upcoming biopic ''Film/BohemianRhapsody''.

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** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the upcoming biopic ''Film/BohemianRhapsody''.''Film/BohemianRhapsody''. And they recreated it ''painstakingly''.


* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])

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* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])

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** How many rock singers can get the audience to sing along... ''AFTER HE'S DEAD''?!


** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the upcoming biopic ''Bohemian Rhapsody''.

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** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the upcoming biopic ''Bohemian Rhapsody''.''Film/BohemianRhapsody''.


* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid, in 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])

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* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid, in Aid on July 13, 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])


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** It was so awesome it had to be the first thing to film for the upcoming biopic ''Bohemian Rhapsody''.



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-->''“Only Queen can rock an entire stadium without even being there.”''



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* A moment of awesome for one of their most iconic songs: Music/GreenDay set up in Hyde Park on July 1st 2017 as part of a punk collaborative concert. While waiting for the band's set-up, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZnBNuqqz5g 65,000 people started singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody]].


* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Arena during Live Aid, in 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])

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* Their single greatest SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, though, is their appearance at Wembley Arena Stadium during Live Aid, in 1985. Music/FreddieMercury took a hundred thousand people into the palm of his hand and led them to heaven. Their set during the Live Aid event was recently voted the Greatest Live Gig By Any Band '''''EVER''''', and there have been very few dissenters from this opinion. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JcbK4Z5Gk They obviously haven't seen Freddie in action.]])




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* Another singular moment of awesome for Brian May; going back to college and getting that astrophysics Ph.D. And then joining the team that sent a probe to Pluto. Out of "second act" careers for a rock legend, badass science genius who photographs distant planets isn't what you'd immediately guess.
* An asteroid has now been named for Freddie Mercury. Yes, that means two of the band members are enshrined in space.


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!!SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
* Basically all of it, but "Bohemian Rhapsody" is certainly the most evocative.
** "Bohemian Rhapsody" was Queen's younger Awesome Music. Their older one was definitely "The Show Must Go On."
** [[ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis That latter one can destroy planets.]]
* Tolga Kashif wrote a symphony based on Queen's music. It is a solid hour (well, 58 minutes) of sheer auditory awesome.
* "'''[[Film/{{Highlander}} HEEERE WE ARE! BORN TO BE KINGS! WE'RE THE PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE]]'''!"
* The March of the Black Queen manages to exceed even Bohemian Rhapsody in awesomeness and [[BuffySpeak crowningness.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiuD6i8dN1g&feature=related "Radio Ga Ga,"]] full stop. Might possibly double as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}, as it's basically one big ode to radio.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hg5skx5TZM We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions]], uplifting and empowering to almost everybody.
* "Under Pressure", mainly for two reasons: 1, it's a collaboration between David Bowie, the other major GlamRock act of the era, and 2, the incredibly high, sustained note Freddie hits in the middle.
* "Don't Stop Me Now", one of Queen's happiest and most upbeat songs, not to mention the best driving song in existence (according to Top Gear). Along with We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, it's a great psyching-up song.
** Not to mention a great song to [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead fight Zombies to]].
* The underrated album song Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme). One of Queen's heaviest rockers, with Freddie pushing his voice to the very limit and an amazing guitar intro from Brian.
* ''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnjF1O4eH0&t=6s AAAAAAARE YOU GONNA TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT? AAAAAHHHHH DOWN BESIDE THAT RED FIRE LIGHT? AAAAAARE YOU GONNA LET IT ALL HANG OUT?]] [[StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks FAT BOTTOM GIRLS, YOU MAKE THE ROCKIN' WORLD GO 'ROUND!!!]]"''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GugsCdLHm-Q Bicycle Race]]. Only Queen could make a song about [[MundaneMadeAwesome riding a bicycle... and make it awesome]]!
* [[Film/FlashGordon1980 FLASH! (Ah-aahhhh!) Saviour of the universe!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoiV60vqa1w The Prophet's Song]] is an underrated masterpiece of a song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4zmv1IFCOA Death on Two Legs]], a song more vicious than some metal songs nowadays and proof that pissing Freddie off was a ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes bad idea]]''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJgfvp59ExQ&noredirect=1 Good Company]]. Brian May creates the sound of an early-20th century vaudeville jazz band (clarinet, trombones and all) with just his Red Special guitar and some neat studio and amp effects. This was in 1975; before pro tools, mind--and effects like this, achieved totally analog, are the ''real'' reason they put "no synthesizers" on their albums for many years.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdUKi3_QntE Brighton Rock]]. Which contains some of the most epic shredding this side of ''anywhere''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHWLVxg8MxA The Show Must Go On]] the epic, grandiose ballad filled with passion pouring from every lyric and guitar riff. Doubly so with the music video that shows a history of the band with clips of Queen's other music videos and clips of Queen's live concerts- getting across the sheer scale these guys operated at. It's as awesome as it is tearjerking.
--> ''Freddie'': [[BadassBoast I'LL FACE IT WITH A GRIN! I'M NEVER GIVIN' IN! OOOOOON WITH THE SHOW!]]
* [[https://youtu.be/TtgjVFJlrMY "Stone Cold Crazy"]]. Queen invents ThrashMetal.
* [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHF_JMnB8o "Sheer Heart Attack"]]. Queen invents PunkRock.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2N0TkfrQhY "Innuendo"]]. A song inspired by another amazing song, "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin, and is almost criminally underrated.

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