Roger Meddows Taylor

Roger Meddows Taylor

Born Jul 26, 1949

Roger Meddows Taylor, known as Roger Taylor, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the drummer, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of British rock band Queen. As a drummer he is known for his "big" unique sound and is considered one of the most influential rock drummers of the 1970s and '80s.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on July 26, 1949.


1967 17 Years Old In 1967, he went to London to study dentistry at the London Hospital Medical College; but, he soon became bored of dentistry and, after changing to biology, obtained a B.Sc. … Read More
1968 18 Years Old Taylor met Brian May and Tim Staffell in 1968 after seeing an advert on a noticeboard at Imperial College for a drummer. … Read More
1969 19 Years Old In 1969, Taylor was working with Freddie Mercury at the Kensington Market (they were living in an apartment around the same time). … Read More


1970 20 Years Old After the band split up in 1970, Bulsara convinced the remaining two members to continue, and he eventually joined the band. In 1971, they found bassist John Deacon and brought him into the group, before going on to release their debut album in 1973. … Read More
1977 27 Years Old Taylor has had a productive solo career, releasing four albums. His first single was his 1977 cover of The Parliaments' "I Wanna Testify". … Read More


1981 31 Years Old His first solo album, Fun In Space, was released in 1981. … Read More
1984 34 Years Old His next venture, Strange Frontier, came in July 1984. … Read More
1986 36 Years Old After Queen finished their 1986 Magic Tour, Taylor started a new band, The Cross, which released three albums over their six years of existence. In 1993 the band split up, after performing one final gig at the Gosport Festival.


1993 43 Years Old The band broke up in 1993 after performing a final show. … Read More
1994 44 Years Old In 1994 Taylor worked with Yoshiki Hayashi, drummer and pianist of X Japan and released the song "Foreign Sand" and a reworking of The Cross' "Final Destination". … Read More
1998 48 Years Old In 1998 he released his fourth solo album Electric Fire.
1999 49 Years Old He supported it with a small tour in the spring of 1999, on which Brian May joined him at the gig in Wolverhampton. … Read More


2001 51 Years Old Taylor has appeared along with May for various other events and promotions, including Queen's 2001 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. and the "Party at the Palace" in 2002, celebrating the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
2002 52 Years Old In late 2002, they decided to break up.
2006 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Taylor and May, performing as Queen, also appeared three times on the American singing contest television show American Idol, once on 11 April 2006, during which week contestants were required to sing a Queen song, (which included "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "The Show Must Go On", "Who Wants to Live Forever", and "Innuendo"), a second time on the show's season 8 finale in May 2009, performing "We Are the Champions" with finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, and a third time on the eleventh season on 25 and 26 April 2012, performing a Queen medley with the six finalists on the first show, and the following day performed "Somebody to Love" with the 'Queen Extravaganza' band.
2007 57 Years Old At Live Earth in 2007, Taylor opened the concert with Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2008 58 Years Old Until 2008, Taylor exclusively used Ludwig or Sleishman drum kits, or a combination of the two in the 2005 Return of the Champions Tour. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old In November 2009, Taylor appeared on the popular reality TV show The X Factor with May as Queen mentoring the contestants, then later performing "Bohemian Rhapsody". … Read More


2010 60 Years Old Taylor remarried on 3 October 2010, to Sarina Potgieter, his girlfriend of six years.
2011 61 Years Old At the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards on 6 November, Queen received the Global Icon Award, and Taylor and Brian May closed the awards ceremony, with Adam Lambert on vocals, performing "The Show Must Go On", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions".
2012 62 Years Old Taylor performed in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on 12 August 2012. … Read More
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