Begin a Journey Through Queen’s Historic Past with New YouTube Series ‘Queen – The Greatest’


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2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic English rock band Queen, a group whose musical imprint is as firm and unassailable in the legacy of rock and roll as any act to take up the craft.

(While the group originally formed in 1970, it wasn’t until a year later that bassist John Deacon joined the fray, setting in action the band’s classic lineup including guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and dynamic vocalist, Freddie Mercury).

To commemorate this important legacy, a new YouTube series was recently launched titled Queen – The Greatest, “a celebration of 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far which begins here and will continue to bring you to one of the greatest stories ever told over the coming year,” per a news release.

The first debuted on March 19 and featured a spotlight on “Keep Yourself Alive,” billed as “the song that started it all.” It was that track that kicked off Queen’s self-titled 1973 debut album. The rest, as they say, is history.

More on that particular track:

The song was written and composed by Brian May who says: “I wasn’t very sure that I was a song writer, really, I just sort of had this idea, and strangely enough the lyrics for “Keep Yourself Alive” are meant to be kind of a comment, they’re meant to be slightly ironical.

“Everyone always did think that ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was just a jolly song about how great it is to be alive, but it’s actually more about asking the question ‘is there more to life than this?’ in a sense.”

As a striking and confident opener, “Keep Yourself Alive” was finally released as the band’s first ever single in July, 1973. To accompany the release, their management company arranged for a promo video to be shot.

However, the stark white set and costumes were in complete contrast to how the band wanted the song to be portrayed.

Stay tuned to Queen’s YouTube channel for more entries in this series.

And don’t forget about the first-ever Queen mobile game, which also launched recently as well.


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