Rock band Queen to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com March 16 2001 12:00 AM ET

Ten years after the death of its flamboyant lead singer, Freddie Mercury, the band Queen will be inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 19, reports Reuters. The band set the standard for the excesses of glam rock and was noted for its hyperproduced theatrical extravaganzas as well as its tightly controlled harmonies. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” one of the more baroque pop songs of the ’70s, has become a classic, while “We Are the Champions” continues to be sung at soccer games around the world without any apparent irony. Other inductees include singer-songwriter Paul Simon, self-proclaimed “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, and singer-guitarist Ritchie Valens, who died in a 1959 plane crash.