Between 1984 and 1995 Queen released their last five studio albums and consolidated their reputation as the biggest, brashest and boldest band in the world. They achieved legendary status as they delivered THE defining performance of the century at Live Aid as well as headlining massive stadium concerts all over the world. Queen also released some of their best loved and most anthemic work in this period, before and after the passing of Freddie Mercury in 1991.
Hollywood Records will reissue deluxe editions of the five Queen albums from this period on November 1st as part of the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration – The Works, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made In Heaven in an exclusive box set.
Many Queen favorites were released during this period including “Radio Gaga” (the track from which Lady Gaga took her name), “I Want To Break Free” (complete with the infamous cross-dressing Coronation Street parody video that MTV banned in the US), “One Vision,” “A Kind of Magic,” “I Want It All,” “The Miracle” and “These Are The Days of Our Lives” (featuring Freddie’s haunting final video appearance).
These five albums cover the era when Queen were elevated to truly legendary status as they stole the show at Live Aid in front of a global TV audience of 1.9 billion people, and wowed audiences with subsequent headline shows at Knebworth and Wembley, the latter recently voted by the public as one of the most iconic events ever seen at the stadium. This was also a consistent period of commercial success with each of the five albums going platinum in the UK and A Kind of Magic and Made in Heaven each selling over 1 million copies.
As well as their huge UK gigs they continued the global domination of the late 70’s playing Rock in Rio twice to crowds of over 300,000 each time. On their subsequent Magic tour they sold over 1 million tickets around the world, and played the first ever stadium gig in Eastern Europe at the Nepstadium in Budapest in front of fans who hitchhiked from all over the Eastern Bloc to attend.
After Freddie’s death The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert saw a packed Wembley set alight again to the music of Queen once again, with stars from all over the world joining John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor on stage.
Subsequently The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded to help distribute money raised from this concert for AIDS awareness. Since then, the Trust has raised and distributed over $15 million to help in the fight against AIDS. The charity has just created a truly unique initiative with the launch of the ‘Freddie For A Day’ Global Charity Network.
Queens 40th Anniversary year has kicked off in spectacular style so far with their first ever major exhibition “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” in London’s East End and kicked off with a star studded launch party attended by the likes of Foo Fighters and Jessie J.
A recent two part BBC TV documentary, “Days of Our Lives”, drew widespread rave reviews as Brian May and Roger Taylor looked back over their first 40 years in detail for the first time. The Guardian described it as ‘fantastic and moving’.
Meanwhile the bands first ten albums have been reissued to considerable acclaim. The Telegraph said of their early work, “Queen’s greatest music was extravagantly innovative, technically brilliant and created with a jeweler’s care.”
Rolling Stone Magazine gave the first set of reissues the magazine’s highest rating of five-stars, describing the collection’s “instrumental intensity” as a “compelling portrait of vehement and violent art.”
These last five studio albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time.
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