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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 05:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I keep asking people and I always get mixed messages, I ask older people usually some'll be like Yah they were so popular everyone knew them then i'll ask others and they wont even know who they are, another thing how big was queen? Could you compare them to anyone thats out right now? I wish i lived back when Queen was doing there thing for some reason im really interested in this Im weird.


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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 08:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wayne Gretzki was bigger

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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 09:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen were huge in Canada, Nuno. In Toronto, one of Canada's big 3 cities, they sold out Maple Leaf Gardens from the Day at the Races tour ('76?) until '82 when they played 2 nights at Maple Leaf Gardens (sold out night one, 3/4 full night 2.) Canada has always been a big fan of English music, and Queen, Yes, Supertramp and Genesis have always been popular in Canada years before the US caught on. Similar to the US, Queen was hard to find after Hot Space for all of the reasons listed. In 1991, Brian did an in store appearance at HMV in Toronto, and it was packed to capacity. I think people loved Queen but when you're not touring it's hard to see sometimes.


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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 11:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen were absolutely huge in Canada...I think always bigger than they were in the US even at their A Night At The Opera /News of The World to The Game heydey.....You can check out the Chum website (and some books) for some chart positions....The Game here was I don't know how many times platinum....even Calling All Girls was a hit here....Radio Gaga #3....Under Pressure #1, We Will Rock You #1, Another One Bites The Dust #1, Crazy Little Thing #1, Classic Queen went diamond in Canada....the only other artists to do that here were Bryan Adams and Shania Twain to my knowledge....even Brian May's solo stuff....Love Token was #1 on Q107's top ten at ten followed by Ressurection also at #1 (Love Token was number 1 for 2-3 weeks - shame it was never a single).....so yes HUGE then and still very much respected among classic rock fans now....listen to any classic rock station and they will get regular airplay....

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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 17:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen hates Canada

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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 17:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Woh, I didnt know they were that big

and yah maybe you dont give a fuck about the thread but I do

and the poster above me the fucks yer problem


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Posted: 04 Jul 05, 23:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Alex Solan wrote:

My question is: this is important?

My auto-answer: NO. =P


That's a little bit unfair . . . you're not Canadian.

I didn't really know how big they were here, and I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised with what the other Canucks have replied. This question may not be important to YOU Alex, but that doesn't mean it's not important at all.

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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 04:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

BHM 0271 wrote:

Queen were huge in Canada, Nuno. In Toronto, one of Canada's big 3 cities, they sold out Maple Leaf Gardens from the Day at the Races tour ('76?) until '82 when they played 2 nights at Maple Leaf Gardens (sold out night one, 3/4 full night 2.)


So you claim they were huge, but still they weren't able to sell out the Maple Leaf Gardens twice? I think quite a few artists are able to do sell out twice in a row. So, from that point on I wouldn't call them huge. At best I would call them rather popular then.

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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 11:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...WERE Queen Big In Canada maybe?


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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 11:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thequeenling wrote:

...WERE Queen Big In Canada maybe?


I hope you ain't going to correct my posts then... It's gonna be a hard and longterm work!

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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 13:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"So you claim they were huge, but still they weren't able to sell out the Maple Leaf Gardens twice? I think quite a few artists are able to do sell out twice in a row. So, from that point on I wouldn't call them huge. At best I would call them rather popular then."

Not to be a smart ass Willen-jan, but Hot Space didn't exactly fly off the racks like Hot Cakes. Maple Leaf Gardens held 16,000 for a concert, and the previous tour they did 40,000+ at the CNE for The Game tour. They filled arenas and stadiums from A Day at the Races until their last tour for Hot space. As I stated, they disappeared after that do to lack of touring, bad promotion, and albums that weren't as good as their early ones. Having said that, they were huge.


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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 15:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Alex Solan wrote:

Goo wrote:

Alex Solan wrote:

My question is: this is important?

My auto-answer: NO. =P


That's a little bit unfair . . . you're not Canadian.

I didn't really know how big they were here, and I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised with what the other Canucks have replied. This question may not be important to YOU Alex, but that doesn't mean it's not important at all.

true patriot love


Unfair? Patriot love? I can't understand your point if you have one so far. The fact is you, Canadians, never were too 'warm' with Queen... of course I'm not talking about every single Canadian ;)


Canadians were very supportive of Queen. Their albums and concerts sold very well until Hot Space.
The patriot love reference is from our national anthem. From one proud Canadian to others I get the reference. Since you aren't a Canadian you aren't expected to get it. A Canadian was curious about Queen's history in Canada. Canadians can care enought to respond.
After the moronic fuck Scott Mercury's comments which have since been removed, if you have a problem with an innocuous country like Canada keep it to yourself.

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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 15:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nobody cares what you think

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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 15:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

scott__mercury wrote:

Canada is a freeloader loser full of cowerds. Nobody cares what you think


The saddest thing is that you do believe someone cares what YOU think


yes it was plain to see, yes it was meant to be...
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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 16:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote




yes it was plain to see, yes it was meant to be...
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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 16:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

written_in_the_stars wrote:

scott__mercury wrote:

Nobody cares what you think


The saddest thing is that you do believe someone cares what YOU think


You dont want to be in canada cause you know. All the Quebecs that I met in Florida last year hate canada. They know Canada is a freeloader loser full of cowerds.
Nobody cares what YOU think

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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 16:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"You dont want to be in canada cause you know. All the Quebecs that I met in Florida last year hate canada. They know Canada is a freeloader loser full of cowerds.
Nobody cares what YOU think"

That could quite possibly be the worst sentence in the history of written English. You must be proud.





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Posted: 05 Jul 05, 23:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen was bigger in Canada per capita then they ever were in the US....so certainly BIG....but obviously not as BIG as they were in the UK....

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Posted: 06 Jul 05, 00:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And not to mention the album "The Game" went 5x Platinum in Canada, as opposed to the U.S. where I think it only went platinum once or twice

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Posted: 06 Jul 05, 07:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Inu-Liger<h6>-a.k.a. Richard Guilbault- wrote:

And not to mention the album "The Game" went 5x Platinum in Canada, as opposed to the U.S. where I think it only went platinum once or twice


Depends on how many records you must sell to get Platinum, in different countries - numbers are different.