Queen’s Historic “KILLER QUEEN” Performance On Top Of The Pops, 1974

Queen’s performance of “Killer Queen” on Top Of The Pops back in 1974 was so epic it became the track’s official music video! While Brian May served as glam rock’s Isaac Newton, playing his handcrafted Red Special guitar, Freddie’s fur coat mirrored Queen’s lyrical venture through a world of aristocracy and courtesans; a glitzy oddity of poetry and pizzazz which landed at #2 in the UK charts.

“Killer Queen” featured on the band’s third studio album, 1974’s “Sheer Heart Attack” — host of hit tracks, “Brighton Rock” (with its spectacular three-minute heavy metal guitar solo), “Lily of the Valley,” and “Now I’m Here.” While featuring on the album which broke Queen’s name in America, “Killer Queen” (a double-A side featuring “Flick of the Wrist” on the reverse) marked the band’s first single to make waves across the Atlantic, landing at #12 in the Billboard Hot 100.

After forming in London, Queen’s line-up remained solid from their debut 1971 eponymous album until the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991. At the time of recording “Killer Queen” in the summer of ’74, Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May were aged 27, bassist John Deacon was 23 and drummer Roger Taylor was 25.

Queen’s twenty-year run in the spotlight was packed thick with exceptional moments that shook the music scene to its core. The reverberations of this band’s trend-setting records still echo profoundly to this day, from the phenomenon of music videos spawned, in part, by the promo video for Queen’s 1975 rock opera, “Bohemian Rhapsody” — to headlining the 70s/80s sensation of stadium rock with international hits, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”

Queen’s now-legendary vocalist, Freddie Mercury, turned the tables on the homophobic attitudes of his era. His HIV diagnosis and untimely death six years into his relationship with Jim Hutton undoubtedly played a part in dismantling stereotypes while becoming an LGBT icon, earning sympathy and heartbreak for a fallen star rather than homophobic disapproval.

Between their post-Freddie break-up and 21st-century reunion tours with replacement vocalists Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert, Queen picked up some of the most spectacular awards up for grabs in the music scene, including a 2001 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

This “Killer Queen” TOTP clip is currently Queen’s eighth most-watched music video on YouTube, garnering over 286M views. This clip is so iconic, it was even recreated in Queen’s 2018 blockbuster biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” — check out the video above!

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