Do you remember where you were when you heard that Freddie Mercury had died? I do. I was at University, at the beginning of my third year of studies for a maths degree. It was all rather surreal. I remember walking around campus, hearing Queen music playing from many windows in the accommodation blocks. I even remember people walking around with black armbands on. Most of us had grown up with Queen music, we’d watched the fabulous way they’d opened Live Aid, and Freddie’s death was a big deal to us. The first album I ever bought was A Day At The Races, and I still know all the lyrics for all the songs from that album by heart.
I never got to see Freddie perform live, although I have seen Brian May several times, and also attended the Queen +Paul Rodgers concert in Hyde Park the week after the London bombings. On every occasion the guys have played tribute to Freddie, and honoured him, and the audience have been completely supportive.
If he’d still been alive today, Freddie would have been celebrating his 65th birthday, and in honour of that event he got his own Google doodle. If you missed it, here it is:
Happy Birthday Freddie. You were and always will be a superstar.
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