Queen was big in the U.S., but they were and still are considered royalty in their native U.K. All four members play an important part in this band. Drummer Roger Taylor didn't just keep time with bassist John Deacon. They built the foundation that allowed Freddie Mercury and Brian May to soar. Much like Page and Plant in Led Zeppelin. Both May and Jimmy Page have a lot of ground to cover as the only guitarists in their respective bands. It makes sense that Brian May needs to cover a lot of space; he has numerous degrees in astrophysics and has an asteroid named after him.

Queen was one of the biggest bands of the seventies, and even after their popularity waned a bit in the U.S. during the eighties they still ruled in Britain. Rock 'n roll tours were notoriously debauched affairs during Queen's heyday. On this day in 1974, Brian May collapsed in New York City while the band was on tour and had to be flown back to England. He had contracted hepatitis.

To see Queen in their early days would be akin to seeing Zeppelin at the Coronado...or Queen at the Rockford gem. Queen was just as powerful. Check out this live performance of 'Stone Cold Crazy' from the Rainbow Theater in London in 1974. It doesn't get much better than this:

In 1992, the surviving members of Queen played the song with the help of Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and James Hetfield of Metallica on vocals. Nice job!