Joe Pagetta

Joe Pagetta

Freelance Writer and Essayist

Director of Community Initiatives for Community Foundation of Middle TN; former Media Relations Dir for Nashville Pub TV. Reader, Writer, Cooker, Eater, Bike Rider.

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Bohemian Rhapsodies: True and Authorized Tales by Queen Fans & Celebrities

Personal Essay | On Being a Queen Fan: The Days Before the Day the Music Changed the World | From "Bohemian Rhapsodies: True and Authorized Tales by Queen Fans & Celebrities"

I discovered the rock band Queen when I was nine years-old. I came to them younger than most, but at the same time, later than those who knew better. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon came to me through the airways of WNEW on a summer afternoon in 1980, while hanging out with my sister Mary in my brother Nick's room. I say I came to them late because in 1980, Queen had just released their album, The Game. "Another One Bites the Dust" was the single that I heard on the radio, and it was my first introduction to the band. While the song remains one of their biggest and most recognizable hits, anyone who knew anything about rock music at the time knew that the band's work on 1975's A Night at the Opera, or '74's Sheer Heart Attack or even 1978's Jazz was far superior. By the time I discovered them, they had already released a live record, 1979's Live Killers, a sure sign that a band had been around awhile.