Queen Plays The Game


Obviously, Freddie Mercury’s untimely death left us without the Queen everyone had come to love. Backing and touring members tended to be interchangeable, but to lose a lead singer like Freddie is so impactful. On this post, I want to focus on Queen’s members, past and present and the two attempts to continue without the legendary Mr. Mercury; Queen + Paul Rodgers and Queen + Adam Lambert.

Personally, I’d be really excited to see their work with Adam Lambert on stage. I wasn’t his biggest fan in his early days, but as he’s been able to grow into himself and his career, I actually kinda dig his work. He also seems like it would put on a really energetic stage show and I love highly charged shows.

Current members

Brian May – lead guitar, keyboards, piano, vocals (1970–present)
Roger Taylor – drums, rhythm guitar, percussion, vocals, tambourine (1970–present)

Former members

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar, tambourine (1970–1991; his death)
John Deacon – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals, triangle (1971–1997)

Long-term Queen + vocalists

Paul Rodgers (2004–2009)
Adam Lambert (2011–present)

Other guest vocalists

David Bowie (1981, 1992)
Annie Lennox (1992)
Lisa Stansfield (1992–1993)
George Michael (1992–1993)
Elton John (1997)
Zucchero (1998)
Robbie Williams (2001)
Kris Allen (2009)
Jessie J (2012)
Lady Gaga (2014)

Touring members

Morgan Fisher – keyboards, piano (1982)
Fred Mandel – keyboards, piano (1982)
Spike Edney – keyboards, piano, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1984–present)
Jamie Moses – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005-2009)
Danny Miranda – bass guitar, backing vocals (2005-2009)
Rufus Tiger Taylor – percussion, drums, backing vocals (2011–present)
Neil Fairclough – bass guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)

Queen + Paul Rodgers (sometimes referred to as Q+PR or QPR) were a collaboration between Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) and Paul Rodgers. Guitarist May had previously performed with Rodgers on several occasions, including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Throughout their career the band completed two world tours, issued the first studio album for Queen in nearly 15 years entitled The Cosmos Rocks, and released two live DVDs and a live album. Rodgers announced in May 2009 that the ‘Queen + Paul Rodgers’ collaboration had come to an end, saying “it was never meant to be a permanent arrangement”. He did, however, leave open the possibility for future collaborations.

Queen + Adam Lambert is a collaboration between Queen and American vocalist Adam Lambert. This is the first long-term collaboration of Queen since the Queen + Paul Rodgers project ended in 2009. The collaboration originated when Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on American Idol in 2009 when Lambert was a contestant. They began performing occasionally, conducted a short European tour in 2012, and in 2014 announced a world tour. Although there are currently no plans to release a studio album with this lineup May and Taylor have stated that there is a possibility of the group recording new material.

Queen4

Side One

Play the Game

Side Two

A Human Body

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