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Roger Taylor is a singer, guitarist and drummer known for playing with legendary band Queen and for his work as a solo artist.
Freddie Mercury - Full Biography (44:46)
Lesley-Ann Jones, author of "Mercury," describes Freddie Mercury's personality both on and off stage, as well as his legacy as a musician and the lead singer of Queen. Video courtesy of Simon & Schuster © 2012.
Born in Zanzibar to Indian parents, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury became a rock legend with songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody." Queen's album sales rival the Beatles, with Mercury's four octave range contributing to the band's success.
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Taylor made new musical contributions to the concert and supporting 46664 albums, as well with the tracks "Say It's Not True" and "Invincible Hope."
Taylor has also continued to work with new iterations of Queen, both via albums and live performance. The band released a concert album with George Michael, Five Live, in 1993. In the mid-2000s, Queen played to sold-out crowds in Europe with a new tour featuring Paul Rodgers,
the one-time lead singer of rock group Bad Company. And in 2012, Queen played at the Olympics closing ceremony with singer Jessie J in London, England, and embarked on a mini-tour with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert.
With Taylor looking for new blood to maintain the band's legacy, he has served as musical director and producer for The Queen Extravaganza, a touring tribute-band production that launched in 2012. The band was selected via an online contest and features both a female and male vocalist, Jennifer Espinoza and Marc Martel.
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