Although best known for his powerhouse role in Queen, Roger Taylor is anything but a drummer confined to his kit. To date he has released 5 solo albums, which, aside from his work with Queen, further highlighted Taylor as an musician and writer with a strong sense of identity, a wide musical perspective, and - not least of all - a man not without a sense of irony. But before that Roger Taylor was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, on July 26th , Roger became fascinated with music in the early 50s, when his family moved to Cornwall. He learned his first instrument, the ukulele, at a tender age, and enjoyed a brief taste of things to come in a pre-teen skiffle band whose collective talent survived just two public performances, both apparently excruciating!
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Roger Taylor was a member of the famed band Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury , releasing major hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Under Pressure. After Mercury's death, he has continued to play with Queen and create new productions. During his youth, Taylor developed a passion for multi-instrumentalism, playing the ukulele and guitar before turning to drums.
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Queen drummer Roger Taylor spoke to us about life during the lockdown, his new song "Isolation," and a possible sequel to the band's movie. We managed to escape. How has your quarantine been? We have a beach house down in Cornwall, which is the Southwest corner of the U. But like for everybody, it was a strange, worrying, anxiety-filled experience. Your life changed so rapidly. You had just gone all over Australia when this hit. We were very lucky. We had gone through there just before the pandemic hit. We had the most incredible tour.
Recorded at Priory Studios, Surrey, the 13 track album is a triumphant display of superior musicianship showcasing Taylor at his vocal best. It would become the first solo album from a Queen band member. The album was recorded at Mountain Studios in Switzerland, which was then owned by Queen, and featured ten tracks all written, arranged, produced and played by Roger. The album was…. Roger went into the sessions with a good selection of tracks to record, so many in fact that certain songs would never see the light of day — until now. Once again, Roger took on the duties of playing various instruments for this album, with the majority of tracks written, arranged and played on by him. This project included guest musicians on two of the tracks. Roger made a promotional video, with director Tim Pope. Roger conceived the album cover, with photographs taken by George Hurrell and the Totem Pole illustration by Ian Wright.