Stop the presses! We have a Queen-related challenge for you…
In a world rife with absurd political spin and “fake news”, it’s getting harder and harder to sort the truth from the lies. One thing we know to be true, however, is that Queen released their News Of The World album on 28 October 1977, and it didn’t take long for the record to become a gigantic hit, entering the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic, and spawning two of the band’s most enduring classics, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’. It’s since sold over six million copies worldwide, has been certified Platinum several times over, and remains one of the most beloved jewels in the band’s hefty crown.
Equally true is that News Of The World’s 40th anniversary is being celebrated with a super deluxe box set release, featuring an entire CD’s worth of Raw Sessions outtakes that amount to an alternate version of the album, plus a number of live bonus tracks and instrumental versions of some of the album’s songs, a sticker set, posters and replica ephemera from the era. There’s also a DVD documentary, Queen: The American Dream, which charts what happened when Queen elevated themselves to an arena-dominating live act in the US – a status which they continue to enjoy to this day.
Forty years is a long stretch, and many band histories can get warped in the mists of time, as memories fade and myth gets turned into rumour, en route to becoming accepted as fact. So we’ve devised the News Of The World ‘Fact Or Fake?’ quiz, to see just how well informed you are.
Are you a champion or a big disgrace? Test your News Of The World knowledge and find out which of these tidbits make headline news, and which are tomorrow’s chip paper.