Forums > Queen - General Discussion > New Roger Taylor Biography

forum rss feed
Author

Queenzone Ghost user not visiting Queenzone.com

Bohemian: 395 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 08 Feb 10, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Although best known for his powerhouse role in Queen, Roger Taylor is anything but a drummer confined to his kit. With rock ‘n’ roll in his veins all through his schooldays, he has always been a highly active, vocal member of Queen. He famously wrote Queen’s landmark hits ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘A Kind of Magic’, amongst others, and was also the first to make a solo album, 1981’s Fun in Space. To date he has released four solo albums, which, aside from his work with Queen, further highlighted Taylor as an musician and writer with a strong sense of identity, a wide musical perspective, and – not least of all – a man not without a sense of irony.

Taylor’s active approach has not been confined to his music: when media mogul Rupert Murdoch made attempts to buy Manchester United football club, Taylor funded the club supporters in their attempts to block the sale, and historically helped them succeed.

Roger Taylor was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on July 26th 1949. Roger became fascinated with music in the 50s, when his family moved to Cornwall. He learned his first instrument, the ukulele, at a tender age, and enjoyed a brief taste of things to come in a pre-teen skiffle band whose collective talent survived just two public performances, both apparently excruciating! So ended ‘the Bubbling Over Boys’! His music took on a different direction in 1960, when he became a rather reluctant member of the Truro Cathedral Choir – a prerequisite of his scholarship. He taught himself the guitar around this time, but by the following year had moved over to drums.

By 1966 Roger had not only progressed to drumming in Cornwall’s most popular band, the Reaction, but had also become their lead singer, with his drum kit placed – where else? – in the principal position, at the front of the stage.

In 1968 Roger formed another group, Smile, with Middlesex guitar ace Brian May and Tim Staffell. Smile played sporadically over the next few years and even issued a single in the United States. When Smile ended, Roger, with Brian May and Freddie Mercury formed Queen.

Roger began writing songs for Queen from day one, and each of the band’s 15 studio albums included compositions by him. History notes that all four members of Queen wrote No 1 singles: Taylor dutifully provided his with ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘Days of Our Lives’ amongst the biggest, not forgetting international hits such as Breakthru, The Invisible Man and Heaven For Everyone.

1977 was the landmark year in which Queen released ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. Roger became the first member of Queen to launch a solo career with the release of the single ‘I Wanna Testify’. His solo album Fun in Space followed in 1981, and was succeeded by 1984’s rock-based Strange Frontier. Both LPs reached the Top 30. In 1987 Roger formed his own band the Cross which made 3 studio albums along with a lot of noise!

That the Queen musical We Will Rock You came into being could be seen as something of a surprise taking into account Roger’s openly expressed view that “musicals are completely foreign to me. It’s a genre I don’t particularly like.” But after working closely with Brian and writer Ben Elton on shaping the musical, Taylor found himself deeply entrenched in developing the show, breaking the rules of musical theatre and taking on the role – along with Brian – as musical supervisor, not only for the first production in London, but for each of the subsequent productions throughout the world.

At the same time as setting up We Will Rock You, Roger and Brian played a central part in the formation of the Nelson Mandela 46664 charity, performing at the first two South Africa concerts, and providing several new songs to the 46664 album, which saw them collaborate with many other international artistes. Roger penned two new songs for the project, ‘Say It’s Not True’ and ‘Invincible Hope’.

In 2005, after an accidental encounter with former Free singer Paul Rodgers, Roger and Brian felt the time was right to put Queen back on the road. Billed as Queen + Paul Rodgers, Roger and Brian tested the water with a handpicked set of European dates. Such was the momentum built up over the six-week European tour, a Japan and US tour was booked to follow, which saw Roger and Brian return to the USA to play for the first time in more than 20 years. The impact of the return to the road was summed up in a review of is closing night in Vancouver: “The night that arena rock officially made its comeback”. Of being back at the kit – although the new live set sees him on vocals for a fair part of their set – Roger comments: “It’s gave us a sense of rejuvenation”

Roger is planning new solo material, maybe a retrospective box set and possibly a solo tour in 2010, having already released a one-off ‘protest song’, “The Unblinking Eye (everything is broken) in late 2009.

The Unblinking Eye is out now on download and CD.


Source: http://www.queenonline.com/news/1614/

GratefulFan user not visiting Queenzone.com
GratefulFan
Deity: 3776 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 08 Feb 10, 15:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Queenzone Ghost wrote:




Roger is planning new solo material, maybe a retrospective box set and possibly a solo tour in 2010, having already released a one-off ‘protest song’, “The Unblinking Eye (everything is broken) in late 2009.



The Unblinking Eye is out now on download and CD.



Source: http://www.queenonline.com/news/1614>/



What the pounding hell is this?!  WHO considers a retrospective box set when they're still actively creating and touring and planning and releasing and protesting?  Hopefully Brooks has the pull to put a stop to this nonsense before it just completely confuses everybody.





woodi485485 user not visiting Queenzone.com

Champion: 86 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 09 Feb 10, 02:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Taylor’s active approach has not been confined to his music: when media mogul Rupert Murdoch made attempts to buy Manchester United football club, Taylor funded the club supporters in their attempts to block the sale, and historically helped them succeed.'

I bet United fans wished Murdoch had bought them now. At least he has two pennies to rub together unlike the current owners!

cmsdrums user not visiting Queenzone.com
cmsdrums
Deity: 3040 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 09 Feb 10, 08:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


What the pounding hell is this?!  WHO considers a retrospective box set when they're still actively creating and touring and planning and releasing and protesting?  Hopefully Brooks has the pull to put a stop to this nonsense before it just completely confuses everybody.


Love it!!! :-)

(especially when Roger Taylor as an artist can definitely release new material, and the "Queen" that would be represented on an archive set definitely cannot)









Serry... user not visiting Queenzone.com

Deity: 8271 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 09 Feb 10, 12:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When the hell they will release his Enhanced 'Sex Tape' CD?!


Sebastian user not visiting Queenzone.com
Sebastian
Deity: 6327 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 09 Feb 10, 13:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to Roger, this was Freddie's favourite biography.



John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
GratefulFan user not visiting Queenzone.com
GratefulFan
Deity: 3776 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 09 Feb 10, 17:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



cmsdrums wrote:


Love it!!! :-)




Completely gratuitious snarkasm for which I have no real excuse...

:)












jazzy mercurois user not visiting Queenzone.com
Holy shred!
jazzy mercurois
Royalty: 1716 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 10 Feb 10, 01:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ROGER HAS UNLIMITED RASPOSITY.

HE WASN'T BORN, HE HAS ALWAYS EXISTED.

LENDING A HAND TO WHOEVER NEEDS IT. MAKING THINGS MORE RASPOUS.



CAPO ROGER

A TRUE HERO



CONLACANTINACONLACANTORACONLATELEVISIONGASTADORA
PauloPanucci user not visiting Queenzone.com
papp
PauloPanucci
Bohemian: 990 posts
add to buddy list send PM

Posted: 10 Feb 10, 13:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

just my impression, or they did not quoted John?



P.A