Hey, all. I'm Em, I live in NY, and I've been a Queen fan for close to a decade now (I'm 23 at the moment). My fixation with them started in high school, when my circle of friends welcomed in a new schoolmate who was a huge fan of the band. Her love for them rubbed off on the rest of us and from there on in Queen became a sort of bonding experience for us (to the extent that we would occasionally refer to each other as Freddie, Roger, Brian, and John, as we all had our own favourite and our personalities seemed to overlap with them. I was, of course, Roger).
My most prized possessions are the two items I got signed by Roger and Brian when they hit up the Meadowlands on tour with Paul Rodgers in 2005 (it's a long
story and I'll devote a separate post to it, but it was the single most exhilarating experience of my life). Brian signed my Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 &2 booklet and Roger signed a glass heart I got on my sixteenth birthday from my friends when they made me a leopard print, Roger Taylor themed care package. It's on a red ribbon and features the words "I Love Roger!" in script and his silhouette from the Hot Space album frosted onto the glass. Both of them were charming and complete gentlemen, and Roger even wrapped me up in a lovely bear hug. Gah, I will never stop crushing on that man.
Anyway, I DJ karaoke on the weekends, and one of our patrons did a couple of Queen songs. I chatted with him afterwards (mostly about pre-News of the World
Queen), and he was surprised I knew as much as I know about them and am familiar with so much of their early music given my relatively young age. I even proudly flashed him my iPod, as it's skinned with a Queen design (this
one specifically, I just got my iPod Touch two weeks ago and plastered it on straight out of the box!). In any case, I had such a lovely time chatting with him in depth about their music and our admiration for the band that I thought I'd come on here and find other people to verbally flail with. My friends live all over the country and sometimes it's hard to keep in touch, and I hadn't until last night realized what a huge, Queen-shaped hole there was in my life.
Sorry for rambling on so long. In any case, I hope to back-and-forth with you all soon, and I'm happy to be a member of this community!
QUESTION: Have you guys ever had any random bonding experiences with strangers over Queen, like I did last night? Seems, given yesterday's encounter and my friendships in high school, that Queen has the magical power of bringing awesome people together through their awesome music. Not surprising!