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Queen was one of the most popular, ambitious and beloved classic rock bands ever.

The London group created an elaborate, perfection-minded sonic approach informed by classical flourishes, ornate piano passages, stacked harmonies, layered guitars and theatrical arrangements.

Hall of Fame Essay


Jim Farber

Can you imagine a more improbable band than Queen?

Who but they would think it a good idea to sweep high-operatic arias over low-down heavy metal? To plunk an outrageously camp singer in front of a balls-to-the-wall rock & roll band? In short, to take the noble risk of looking ridiculous by mixing the most florid sounds with the most guttural.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2001
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2001 Inductees Queen
As a live band, Queen kind of kicked everybody’s ass
Taylor Hawkins

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