Rock icons ROGER TAYLOR and BRIAN MAY have marked QUEEN's 40th anniversary by opening a new London exhibition documenting the band's early years.
Stormtroopers in Stilettos takes fans back in time to the group's first five years together as the Bohemian Rhapsody hitmakers rose to fame in the 1970s with their flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury.
Drummer Taylor admits the display at the Old Truman Brewery has brought back "forgotten" memories, adding, "It's quite shocking for us to suddenly bring back what happened all those years ago in such vivid detail."
But guitarist May hopes any budding musicians visiting the show will be inspired by Queen's formative work - and learn the importance of style over image, reports the BBC.
He says, "Once you come into this exhibition you realise that we were just boys and we got together with a dream. We worked night and day for many years and we were very lucky.
"You don't buy in your style - it comes from inside you and it's very organic. I think that is a lesson to people to have belief in your vision."
Taylor and May, who launched the exhibit on Friday (25Feb11), have also marked the band's landmark anniversary by remastering and reissuing Queen's first five albums.
Stormtroopers in Stilettos will run until 12 March (11).