Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury came from a Parsi family that practiced Zoroastrianism, a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The Scottish rocker showed he has clearly lost none of the fire in his belly.
Critics say hologram tours exploit the dead for a quick buck. But there's something about Roy Orbison's ethereal mystique that makes this one a particularly fitting tribute.
Rock'n'Roll has long been associated with sexual misconduct but there are signs the industry is waking up to this.
Song by song streaming services may be hurting the album commercially, but its place in our cultural lexicon will be harder to shake.
An AC/DC-loving biologist tests the band's 1980 assertion that "rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution." Turns out it can be – and the negative effects of noise can ripple through an ecosystem.
After the happy psychedelia of the Summer of Love, the Velvet's second album seemed to usher in a new, darker era in rock music
The guitar of choice for some of rock'n'roll's biggest names.
John McCready recalls his glory days with the hip young gunslingers at the UK's leading music paper.
Why shouldn't the Stones keep touring in their 70s?
Miles Davis's 1971 album A Tribute to Jack Johnson sits uneasily within both jazz and rock genres, but its indefinable nature should be celebrated.
Pinching musical phrases and stylistic approaches has always been a part of art making and can be a respectful exchange. But shallow, ill-informed appropriation only perpetuates tired stereotypes.
As guitarist in Australia's most successful band, Young provided the driving rhythm that underpinned AC/DC's heavy rock sound.
He was a true heart breaker.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
Music tourism is becoming an increasingly big business. As you'd expect, Elvis is at the forefront of that industry.
The singer was not 'middle of the road'. He was a bridge across it.
The legendary 'Toilet Circuit' pubs and clubs that helped launch some of Britain's best bands are under threat.
Rock music against military conscription during 1980s South Africa resonated with wider fault lines in Afrikaner society - this as the apartheid regime's grip on power started to slip.
The airwaves were once dominated by rock gods delivering blistering guitar solos. Times have changed but a new crop of electric guitarists are strumming their way to glory.