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QUEEN, it's metal or not metal? We have come to the conclusion that they are Heavy Metal. How?


The great discussion, or the eternal discussion if QUEEN is Metal or not Metal!



Queen 1978 MGMEIA
QUEEN 1978

In my modest opinion Queen, will forever be Metal, as well as for many old school metalheads.

But for that we must understand how we came to this conclusion or opinion. I do not want to impose in any way, but I can affirm that they are Heavy Metal! How? Asked many of you as in a twisted laugh. Lets go back a little in time and talk about HM, between the 70's and the end of the 90's, when there was a category called Hard Rock, or if we want to call it, the grandfather of HM (Heavy Metal).

But to get to HR (Hard Rock), we have to talk about Rock and Roll, Blues, Gospel and Soul.


Blues is by excellence the great culprit for the existence of Rock and Roll. For the most distracted, Rock and Roll was born from the Blues. Hence in my humble opinion, I don't consider Elvis Presley the King of Rock and Roll, but the King of Rockabilly, label given to the whites who played the RnR of the blacks. But why you ask.


The name RnR (Rock and Roll), was born through a radio announcer and DJ, Alan Freed, also known as "Moondog", who used the word R&R when playing a song performed by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, on the WJW radio station, in Cleveland, in which he could not define the type of song since the African-American singer mixed the Blues with the Gospel, making this use the maritime expression used by English sailors when they went to sea, "Let's Rock N' Roll". If Rock n' Roll (RnR) is a music "invented" by the African-American, a white man can never be the King of RnR, but the King of Rockabilly, which was the typical music of young Caucasians from 1952 onwards. Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, came from the black rhythm and blues tradition, made music that appealed to white audiences, and usually are not classified as "rockabilly" nor could they. We should remember that some of Elvis Presley's greatest hits were covers of black music, for example "Only You" or "The Great Pretender" by The Platters.

The Blues meanwhile evolves its musicality, no longer being something traditional to implement something more commercial, like Chuck Berry, this evolution is notorious, and opens a new field that will be baptized as HARD ROCK.

At the end of the nineties it was wrongly said, nowadays proved, that HM was a musical style that would die. I never believed in that possibility, but in the possibility that Hard Rock would have an end to definitely join the Heavy Metal category and stop being a subgenre of it.

Let's look at the evolution of modern Blues. This grandfather of HM has evolved so much, as an example we give Joe Bonamassa or even Gary Moore, that it could be easily confused with Hard Rock, which was not very pleasing to Blues fans.

Due to this similarity already at the beginning of the first decade of 2000, all bands saw themselves overnight going from HR bands to HM bands, of which there were some HR bands that showed their dislike such as Def Leppard and Brian Adams. As an example of bands that suffered the label change we will mention some of them:

Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Brian Adams, Scorpions, The Kinks, Queen, Bon Jovi, Poison, White Snake, etc..