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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? No need to open your eyes and look up to the skies – this really is one of the best places to get your hands on Queen merch. EMP are singing our own Bohemian Rhapsody – our BohEMPian Rhapsody – because our online Queen shop celebrates a band like no other.
Freddie Mercury fronted the hair rockers and each member became an icon in music history. Roger Taylor on drums. Brian May on guitar. John Deacon on bass. There’s no denying that Freddie Mercury was the breakout star, though. The frontman who belted, bellowed and broke free, changing the face of British rock and becoming a legend.
Queen became one of the best-selling bands in the world, ever. Their estimated sales range between 170 and 300 million, depending on different sources. But how did four men deliver on one of their promises? They said to the world ‘we will rock you’ and did they ever.
Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more radio-friendly hits and stadium filling singalongs, with elements of arena rock and pop rock. This helped them establish their mainstream success, but really, what sent them stratospheric like a rocket ship on the way to Mars was Queen as a whole package.
They weren’t just rock, or hair metal, or prog rock. With Freddie Mercury’s natural charisma and harnessing the exposure of the newly established MTV, Queen became a performance. A pantomime. Living, singing art.
Songs like "We Are the Champions", "Don’t Stop Me Now", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and The "Show Must Go On" have become a part of our cultural lexicon, as well known by Gen Z as by Gen X and older. And this is the legacy Freddie and the original line-up left behind after Freddie Mercury’s tragic death in 1991. For all his charisma and unstoppable raw talent, Freddie Mercury was just one of many lives lost to the AIDS pandemic.
As they themselves sang, the show must go on – and it did. Keeping his legacy alive with each step. Queen reunited with different lead singers like Adam Lambert performing the unbeatable back catalogue.
But Freddie was never really out of fans’ minds or hearts, and more than 20 years after his death, one of the most dazzling figures in rock history, the legend was brought to the big screen in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
The film accompanies Queen from its founding in 1970 to the legendary Live Aid concert in 1985.
Both the cast and the soundtrack promise a unique film experience full of iconic moments that will delight old and new fans. Bohemian Rhapsody tells of a band, far removed from all conventions, which asserts itself against stereotypes and sets a monument for itself with one of the most legendary rock concerts of all time.
EMP Queen merchandise – we will rock you
In our own Flash of brilliance (yes that was an attempt at a Flash Gordon pun – Queen sang the theme tune in 1980), we’ve got our hands on a selection of Queen merchandise fit for, well, a queen. From a Queen t shirt featuring the original line-up, Freddie Mercury t shirts or replica tour t shirts to Queen shot glasses and Queen hoodies, they make perfect everyday additions to any Queen fan’s life.
We’ve also got re-releases and special editions of Queen’s albums, including the Greatest Hits collections and the soundtrack from the Bohemian Rhapsody movie.
Many years ago, dressed in drag, Queen sang about breaking free. Free from stereotypes, from restrictions and stiff attitudes. They did that – for themselves and a whole generation. God save Queen, long may they reign.