|My school band had a concert with the theme "Music From The Seventies". We played Bohemian Rhapsody as our finale, and that's how I was introduced to Queen.|
|I got introduced probably through Top Of The Pops back in the 70's. If not that, then it was my older brother whole told us all to "shut the fuck up" as he stuck a microphone up to the telly speakers as the Hammersmith Odeon show from 1975 was being shown live on telly. Happy days indeed.|
|About 10 years ago, I heard Killer Queen on the radio. Had me sold|
|I heard Killer Queen on the radio nearly 45 years ago and I liked it very much. I wasn't completely sold until I heard Bohemian Rhapsody almost 44 years ago. A Night at the Opera was the first or second eight track tape that I purchased as a teen.|
|Cruella de Vil
|I recall hearing Killer Queen on the radio in 1975 (I think it was released later here in Australia). Then it was the Bo Rhap video and I was hooked. I got NATO as a present just before I saw them live in April 76. What an amazing show!|
|I had a slow progression of events that led to me being obsessed with Queen. I have very vague memories of seeing the Bo Rhap video, probably Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1976 but only a visual memory of that....I have a clearer memory, likely Spring/Summer 1978 of thinking about WATC and that it was cool that there was a song about the Marvel comic book The Champions (the song is so heroic, it sounded like a comic book style song to me)...later, I'd love to listen to Bicycle Race on a jukebox at a diner down the road from me. A friend says sometimes we'd go there just so I could listen to the song. I didn't know anything about the band. In 1980, aged 13, I bought my first US single, for AOBTD. Still didn't really know who the band or lead singer was, but I recall listening to it three or four times straight, loving Freddie's vocal breakdown in the middle, then putting it in a drawer and never listening to it again (or the B-side). Flash forward to 1984 and being introduced to classic bands by my soon to be brother-in-law. By this point, I was getting heavily into rock music; Zeppelin, Beatles, raiding my sisters record collection. I had grown up not really listening to that much rock music at all, hearing my mom play The Beatles and loving the Red and Blue album and Abbey Road. Well, anyway, helping him move out of his apartment to one that he'd share with my sister, a record player was on the floor and next to it, Queen II. He threw on Side Black and that was it. Being a comic book and fantasy/sci-fi mega fan (and what I drew all the time) Ogre Battle absolutely blew me away. I also loved classical music, having played piano since age 9. Put all that together and that date, October 27th 1984 was a pivotal day for me. No looking back, then. I was all in and soon had every album they did and within a few years was into the boots and trading.|
|I learned about Queen when I read a rave review of their first album in Rolling Stone just after it was released. I went to the record store and bought it and the tradition began.|
|It was a long time ago, probably 1984 year when I was only 7. I saw on televison video for " I Want To Break Free ". I remember it was very funny to me that men were in women's clothes with makeup and wigs but most funny was that one man still have mustaches. :-D|
|My Cousin had A Kind Of Magic on Cassette back in 1986. We listened to it over and over again. That was me hooked since that very day!!!|
|Friends 13th birthday
Greatest hits on tape
We Will Rock You
Kept putting it on repeat.
Brought my own copy.
|Some of you are so old, you've seen honey expire!|
|37. Fairly old lol.|
|Stop bragging, you make these coffin-dodgers, jealous.|
|It sucks being born after Freddie died, never able to see him perform live on stage.|
|Radio. I can't remember the exact year, but only when communism started to get weaker in my country (late 80's, fell in 1989) it was beginning to be "normal" to hear "western" music on the radio, so it had to be in the very late 80's or very early 90's. My first ALBUM was the "gold" edition of Greatest Hits 1 + 2, when was that released, 1992? I remember checking the tracklist and being genuinely shocked that the same band who did Bohemian Rhapsody has also recorded A Kind of Magic. When Made in Heaven got released in 1995, I was already a huge fan and I started to slowly get to the world of collecting unofficial materials. And Stevelondon20, stop calling yourself old, I am older and now "I" feel old :-)|
|Haha! Was only joking mate. Still young at 37 lol!!!|
Invisible Woman wrote: It was a long time ago, probably 1984 year when I was only 7. I saw on televison video for " I Want To Break Free ". I remember it was very funny to me that men were in women's clothes with makeup and wigs but most funny was that one man still have mustaches. :-DVery similar timeline to me. Add to that GH on repeat and repeatedly asking people if the band doing so-and-so were the same 'Queen' as on GH.
It's totally subjective, but my Queen journey was so magical and I think about those early days a lot.
|Bohemian Rhapsody on TOTP.|
|people on streets
|The Show Must Go On being played on the radio at the time of its release. Instantly loved and adored Queen.
Later that year Freddie died.
First LP I ever bought was A Night At The Opera.
|sometime in 89-90 (when i was 5), i listened to the robot album in my uncle's record collection. didn't care much for WWRY or WATC, but listened to every other song in repetition. (Still my favorite album to this day). Then i linked it up with two singles (45s), AOBTD and CLTCL... and then a couple of years finally heard GH1, and my parents bought me Classic Queen (ie, North American version of GH2). It was at that point that i decided i preferred Queen over the Boss. (Born in The USA was another big album that i played often).|
|1974 Top of The Pops singing Killer Queen and I was just blown away by how unique they were.|
|1974 I heard Seven Seas Of Rhye on Radio 1 chart countdown,and was blown away. At the start
of the guitar solo I was sure I heard a violin. I can remember around that time going to a girls house and her older sister
was heavily into Queen. She had on her bedroom door.....You can only come in here if your into Queen.
Well what was a boy to do? Later that year a schoolmate lent me Sheer Heart Attack and that was it,hooked.
Tickets went on sale early in 1975 for the December tour and got the last two. By the time the show came around
Bohemian Rhapsody was at it's 4th week at number one,and walking into the gig a guy asked.....
any tickets for sale? I doubt I would have sold them for any amount.
|By a good friend of mine who played me Bicycle Race as it had a Star Wars reference..........|
|My parents took me to the cinema to see Flash Gordon and the song stayed with me forever, and my next memory is the IWTBF video.|
|I was introduced to the band and their music when I was 12 and at the time my cousin Joe was their lighting director and designer from January '77 til the end of the '79 Japanese tour and then again he came back on board for The Works Tour. It didn't matter much to me at the time until I heard "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" on the radio in November of '77 when I saved all my pennies, nickels and dimes to buy the News Of The World album in the hopes of seeing his name in the credits... it wasn't. So, being young and not knowing anything about their back catalog of music, I bought each album preceding "News" trying to find his name. That didn't happen until the Jazz and Live Killers albums but up to that point I got addicted to each album and have been a fan ever since... Fortunate to have seen them twice in Providence in '78 where I got to see what Joe did for his job and then again in '80. GREAT memories growing up with that band!!!!!!!|
|Earliest Queen memory is the Radio Ga Ga video when still at primary school. Unfortunately it took Freddie's death to get me into Queen properly. My parents bought Flix 1 & 2 and the whole family watched them nearly every day for a couple of months.|
|1978. 7 years old and I had some record tokens from my grandparents. Went into WHSmith and saw the cover of News Of The World. That was it and the record tokens were spent!|
|Same (WHSmith too!). Once I had some cash to buy my first tape after a the family copy of GH. a tape copy of the debut and a gift of Live Magic, NOTW got the nod because of the cool cover. Wasn't too fussed about WWRY and WATC, but woah I had to have that! Kudos in the school yard. That first blast of SHA and I had my new favourite song.|
|Earliest definite exposure to Queen was watching the Flash Gordon movie on tv in the early 80s. I remember loving the theme tune but I never explored who tyhe band was. Then I remember hearing Body Language on a BBC documentary about sex around 1983/84. I was too young to be allowed to watch it but I could hear the music and remember really liking it. The first time I heard the name QUEEN was seeing a clip of One Vision on Top Of The Pops on UK tv but. All it showed was the oh woah woah bit so it wasn't enough to judge them on. Finally I fell in love with the song and video for A Kind Of Magic and then a friend let me borrow his cassette of the album and the guitar on One Vision had me hooked.|
|The Fairy King
|Jan 1991 - first showing of Innuendo on Dutch Top 40 program.|
|King of all Queen fans
|I fucked the niece of that Trident death on two legs guy.
She was more the ‘Heat between my legs’ girl
That’s how I met the band.
There you go...
All hail to PAPA EMERITUS XIII !
|Earliest memory is hearing Killer Queen on the radio, likely within months after it was released. I was young and bad at understanding song lyrics, and as I didn’t know the name of the song I called it the “Marie Antoinette song”. Makes me laugh now that I called it that.
Somehow this led to me buying Night at the Opera. I’m guessing this has to do with when I had money from my first job.
|It's always beautiful hearing these stories. That rush of excitement making your own first purchase and the logic behind it.|
|My family was flagged down by what turned out to not be a man in distress, but rather a hitchhiker
We were beaten and pummeled and left in a basement while my
Oh wait, long story short. When i reached the highway i clawed into a diner and grabbed the phone to call the police. But the song i heard when i was on hold. It was playing in the diner.
Geez. I can hardly remember, but i think it was a Queen song .
Needless to say, i tried to forget those weeks. Therapy, drugs, alcohol, repeating the abuse, ... but it never worked.
Every time i hear Queen I'm that little boy aged 9 in the diner again
Ah, the memories
|It's such a familiar tale.|
|some WHITE PRIVILEGE here no doubt, judging from the stories...and the expired honey.|
|I learned the violin and piano as a child l & I'd get up at 5am to practise, then I'd lie in a dark room with earphones on & my reward to myself was to listen to the radio for an hour before I had to go to school. It was interesting, but there was no music I LOVED. It was more just about discovery.
Then one morning this VOICE came out of the radio. I got chills. I felt it. Thus it was, as a kid I heard Heaven for Everyone. And that voice was THE one for me. I listened to and read everything I could about Queen and Freddie, I fantasised about having a time machine to take me back to the 1970's and I was well into my teens before I discovered there might actually be some good music being made my bands in current-times too.
This does also mean that my introduction to Queen was tied up in death too, which when I think about it might be the biggest difference to discovering Queen pre or post 1991??
|in Jan. 1979 a friend of mine came back from a Queen concert and kept playing the Jazz album back and forth. Fell in love with FM's unique voice and the song Jealousy.
In the following months I got familiar with 70s Queen and in late 1980 finally saw the first Queen concert.