Mainly known as Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor is one of the world’s most unique drummers. He was inspired by Keith Moon (The Who) , John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) , and Ginger Baker (Cream), Taylor has combined many styles to lead up to his widely unique technique, but drumming started early for this drummer.
Roger Taylor was born on July 26, 1949, in King’s Lynn, United Kingdom. Starting with the ukulele, he then later realized he had a more natural aptitude for the drums. After secondary school, he then traveled to London to attend the London Hospital Medical College to study dentistry, but grew bored of it and changed his major to biology. Taylor then graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
While finishing college, Roger was a member of the band Smile, where he met Queen’s future guitarist Brian May. After lead singer Tim Staffel quit the band, Freddie Mercury (vocals) and John Deacon (bass) then joined- resulting in creating the world-known band known as Queen.
After about five years of working with Queen, most members in the band decided to branch into solo careers, including Taylor. His first solo album entitled Fun in Space was released in 1981. Since Taylor was traveling with Queen on the News of the World tour, the record was unable to be promoted to its extent. Following Fun in Space, Strange Frontier was produced in 1984. Many backing tracks on the record were performed by the rest of Queen.
Then, in 1986 Taylor created a band titled The Cross but then broke up in 1993.
Forteen years after the death of Queen’s vocalist Freddie Mercury, Taylor and May toured with Paul Rodgers in 2005 and stopped touring with him in 2008.
Additionally, Taylor and May toured with Adam Lambert 2012-2019, and reached chart-topping success after the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released in 2018.
Currently, Taylor and the others of Queen were reaching South Korea and Australia in the Rhapsody Tour, but was then rescheduled to 2021 due to the wide-spread pandemic.
Roger Taylor still drums to this day, and continues to inspire many young drummers.
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