Queen was a hit sensation in the 1970s and ‘80s, but the British rock quartet has never had more listeners than it does today, with the Oscar-Winning bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody garnering the band a whole new world of fans
National Standards: 7-9, 11
Have the class read A New Generation Discovers Queen (page 2 of the student edition). The article discusses the evolution of Taylor Swift, from a young girl with an acoustic guitar, to one of the world’s biggest pop sensations of all time.
Key points in the article:
- As Queen fans are of all backgrounds and age groups, the British rock group has gained even more success today than they had when they were active
- Queen’s music continues to grow, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most streamed song in the 20th century
- American Idol star Adam Lambert has toured to success as Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury
- In 1981, Queen does 300,000 audience members in Buenos Aires, the largest crowd for a single show in Argentine history
- The film “Bohemian Rhapsody” has won multiple awards and has brought Queen’s music back to the surface
Review vocabulary words from the article below:
- ROLLICKING—exuberantly lively and amusing
- CONSUMMATE—showing a high degree of skill and flair; complete or perfect
- INFECTIOUS—likely to spread or influence others in a rapid manner
- PASTICHE—an artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces taken from various sources
- DRUBBING—a beating
- VISCERAL—relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect
- MYSTIQUE—a fascinating aura of mystery, awe and power
- PANACHE—noticeable confidence of style or manner
- FLAMBOYANT—tending to attract attention because of their confidence and stylishness
- PANTHEON—a group of particularly respected, famous or important people
Play “Don’t Stop Me Now”
- What is unique about Freddie Mercury’s vocals?
- How does the use of rhythmic and dynamic changes, particularly at the very beginning of the song, impact its delivery?
Play “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- How many distinctive sections can you hear in this song?
- Why is this song different than other songs on the popular music charts?
- After hearing these classic Queen songs, why do you think Queen’s music survived through multiple generations?
- Talking points could be:
- Distinctive style
- Unique vocals of Freddie Mercury
- Clever lyrics