After two studio albums and a trial-by-fire legendary US tour supporting lovable Mott the Hoople, London-based Queen was  ready to reign late in 1974 with their third studio album, Sheer Heart Attack   containing “Now I’m Here”,”Stone Cold Crazy” and Queen’s first bonafide hit “Killer Queen“. Yet Roger Taylor will reveal  that all was not well with the rock royal family.

The guys were flat broke without knowing where the money was going. And Brian May confesses that all was not well with his health, either. May contracted hepatitis while on tour in America, requiring hospitalization. But while recording Sheer Heart Attack ( US #12 on Billboard  album sales chart, #2 in the UK) in London over the Summer of 1974, May collapsed with an even more life-threatening  chronic colon condition that nearly killed him. Find out the week of December 16. – Redbeard