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Who Wants to Live Forever? Remembering Freddie Mercury 31 years on from the Queen icon’s death..

Who Wants to Live Forever? Remembering Freddie Mercury 31 years on from the Queen icon’s death..

On 24 November 1991, the world lost one of the greatest rock singers of all time: Freddie Mercury.

The Queen frontman was only 45 years old when he died due to complications from HIV, leaving Queen fans and music lovers in mourning.

Known for his energetic performances, flamboyant costumes and powerful voice, Freddie remains an icon to this day.

Read on to find on to learn all about this rock legend…

We’ll never forget you Freddie…

By 1970, the members of Queen were ready to unleash their songs onto the world. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1973, and included their first single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’. During a radio interview in 1977, the band’s guitarist, Brian May, said that he had written the lyrics for the song, but that his idea changed completely when Mercury lent his voice.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ Queen’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it did not reach the top spot in the UK. The 1979 single, written by Freddie himself, remained at the top of the US charts for four consecutive weeks. In recent years, several music stars, such as Michael Bublé and Maroon 5, have covered the famous song.

By the early 80s, Freddie and the rest of Queen were already rock megastars across most of the planet, so they embarked on a South American tour called The Game in 1981. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mercury and fellow Queen members gave a concert to a 250,000 people crowd, setting a new world record at the time for the biggest paying audience at the time.

Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.

Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.

The Hollywood blockbuster ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released in 2018, detailing Freddie’s private life and work and helped introduce a new generation to the legend that is Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury was excellently portrayed by Rami Malek and the movie won four Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Freddie Mercury QuoteIn terms of the press, I’m a very hated person.

Freddie Mercury QuoteIn terms of the press, I’m a very hated person.

In terms of the press, I’m a very hated person. But I hate the press as well, so that goes both ways. Some papers want a certain kind of news, and it can wreck peoples lives. I think I’ve learned to live with it after all these years. I’d be a liar to say I’m not hurt by criticism, because everybody is. Of course I want everybody to say I’m wonderful and like my songs, and I don’t mind genuine well thought out criticism, but of course you’re going to get people who review our albums without even listening to them, and things like that. That’s the way of the world. I used to get really mad and start tearing my hair out, but I don’t have sleepless nights anymore. I learned to live with it. You need to be a strong- willed, astute person to survive in this industry. I never let the press worry me. Let them all come!

Freddie Mercury

Gallery update : Celebration party Tour

Gallery update : Celebration party Tour

The celebration photos were taken straight after the show celebrating the end of a successful tour. (Queen sold out this first tour) and the drummer of Mott, Buffin’s wedding reception. Two reasons to party!

CELEBRATING THE END OF A SUCCESSFUL TOUR

Gallery update : Flash Gordon, their ninth studio album and first soundtrack

Gallery update : Flash Gordon, their ninth studio album and first soundtrack

8 December 1980, Queen released Flash Gordon, their ninth studio album and first soundtrack album by EMI Records in the UK.

Italian director Dino de Laurentiis was slated to direct a film adaptation of the 1930s comic hero, Flash Gordon. The De Laurentiis’ people made initial contact in the summer of 1979 (during preliminary sessions for “The Game”) to ask whether Queen would score the film. Although, the great Italian producer wasn’t actually aware of the band since he never listened to rock music. His first question on learning of the liaison was “Who are the Queens?”

Brian May recalled, ““We saw 20 minutes of the finished film and thought it very good and over the top. We wanted to do something that was a real soundtrack. It’s a first in many ways because a rock group has not done this type of thing before, or else it’s been toned down and they’ve been asked to write mushy background music. Whereas we were given the license to do what we liked, as long as it complimented the picture.”

Queen’s assignment for Flash Gordon was to supply original songs as well as the score — and that, coupled with the film’s sci-fi story, proved too intriguing to resist.

“We would be writing a film score in the way anyone else writes a film score, which is basically background music, but can obviously help the film if it’s strong enough,” he added. “That was the attraction, because we thought that a rock group hadn’t done that kind of thing before, and it was an opportunity to write real film music. So we were writing to a discipline for the first time ever, and the only criterion for success was whether or not it worked with and helped the film, and we weren’t our own bosses for a change. “

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Both Freddie and I were extremely shy. 

Both Freddie and I were extremely shy. 

Both Freddie and I were extremely shy. So when I used to see him on stage, it wasn’t like watching the real Freddie. To me, it was watching my brother acting the part.’

‘He was six when I was born, so I only had a year of him, yet I was always aware of my proud older brother protecting me.’ says Kashmira. ‘He didn’t always come home for the holidays – sometimes he’d stay with my dad’s sister in Bombay, or with my mum’s sister, and it was she who got him started on playing the piano and drawing. He was talented in all areas. It made me feel sick, of course. Even now, Mum and Dad have got all his school reports.’

‘He always used to take hours in front of the mirror, looking after his locks. He’d go out a lot, too, and stay out all night. My mum and he used to argue about it constantly. And she was always going on at him to make sure he got a degree, but he was determined to do what he wanted. There was quite a lot of door-slamming, but when Freddie made it, Mum was very proud!’

‘Every morning when I wake up, there’s a Queen song on the radio and people ask me if it makes me sad. My answer is No!

How can I remain sad if my brother wakes me up singing!’

‘He was my brother, but a megastar too. Simply speaking, I don’t know what it was like to have an ordinary brother because my own brother was so extraordinary.’

Kashmira Bulsara Cooke

November 2000

Did Freddie have a workout routine…

Did Freddie have a workout routine…

Did Freddie have a workout routine…

“Freddie had no fitness regime as such. He was the only person I have ever met who had two complete home gyms, one in New York and one in Los Angeles, who never used them. Freddie had no specific workout schedule. He was one of those very lucky people whose body was naturally fit. He had a very fast metabolism, so he burned fat quickly. He was also very active and didn’t like spending time lying in bed or sitting on the sofa.

You’ve seen in video shots from shows that he did some running on the spot and small jumps before a show, which was really just to warm up his body for what would essentially be a 2-hour workout on the stage. If you think Queen toured the world each year, there were a lot of intense exercises.” (Peter Freestone)

A funny anecdote from this specific time period; June 1970 provided by Pat Johnstone. Sue and her sister Pat were dear friends with the band from Truro. The sisters actually started the official International Queen Fan Club!

Queen’s first ever concert was planned for the City Hall, Truro on 27th June 1970. It was a benefit concert organized by Roger’s mother, and booked originally for Smile.

Pat and Sue Johnstone provided accommodation for half of Queen on that historic weekend.

“Brian and John Harris and Freddie certainly stayed with us in Rosedale up past the City Inn when they played their first gig at the City Hall. They stayed in our attic room and Freddie would stand on his head with his legs crossed doing yoga against the wall. He had long hair and would use our heating tongs to curl his hair in the way he wanted. And my Dad was completely taken aback and initially thought they were all a bit weird.” – Pat Johnstone

Pat also said her dad wanted to get their garden sorted but he worked so much that he didn’t get around to it. The boys said they would take care of it with such enthusiasm. They spent the weekend digging the whole garden, planting, taking care of the flowerbeds. They were lovely and they adored her Dad. When he came home from work and saw all the work in the garden, he was so emotional and grateful. He thanked the boys and told them how lovely of them. He said, “I’m very touched.”

Source: ‘Queen In Cornwall’ by Rupert White

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