Added on 15-Oct-2009
AS ROCK icons of the 70s and 80s, they were among the most photographed bands of their era.
But rarely-seen pictures of the rise of Queen from schoolboy musicians to worldwide rock stars are set to go on display in Edinburgh for the first time.
The free photo exhibition begins at Ocean Terminal next Wednesday, ahead of the arrival of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You musical at the Playhouse.
An opening ceremony will be held at Ocean Terminal next week, with We Will Rock You stars Darren Day, Kevin Kennedy, Brenda Edwards and Ashley J Russell all invited to attend.
Highlights include a shot of singer Freddie Mercury in his first band The Hectics when he was still known as Farrokh Bulsara at St Peter's boarding school in Panchgani, India.
Other early curiosities include a 17-year-old Brian May playing his iconic homemade Red Special guitar, with his famous curly hair held in check by industrial amounts of Brylcreem.
Many of the band's flamboyant outfits are featured, including photos of Freddie's Zandra Rhodes cape.
A Playhouse spokeswoman said: "I'm sure that diehard Queen fans and anyone else with an interest in one of the biggest bands in history will want to see the exhibition.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be given these pictures to display.
They have never been displayed in this country and we are honoured to be loaned them for the duration of the show."