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We Will Rock You in Iran

Believe it or not, Iran has approved of British rock band Queen.

British rock band Queen, fronted by outlandish gay icon Freddie Mercury, have become the first rock band to be given the official seal of approval in Iran with the release of an album of their greatest hits.

 

Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was proud of his Iranian ancestry and supposed Zoroastrian origins. Zoroaster was a Persian prophet who lived around 600BC and founded a religion named after him.

 

Mercury’s link with Zoroastrianism made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran despite Western music being largely frowned upon in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime. “Authorities approved of the tunes that had a social theme, leaving out the love songs,” an executive in the record company releasing the album said.

It is no wonder that Queen would find popularity in Iran. After all, given the repressive regime, and the existence of freedom-loving movements there, many of Queen’s songs may take on whole new meanings. Like:

 

  • Under Pressure

  • I Want To Break Free

  • It’s A Hard Life
  • Breakthru
  • I’m Going Slightly Mad
  • The Invisible Man
  • Hammer To Fall
  • Heaven For Everyone
  • Driven By You
  • Let Me Live
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • Save Me
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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
    Picture of David Lange

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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