The show must go on (1997)

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Friday, 24 November 2017

1997 -

Today in 1991 music fans around the world were shocked by the news that Freddy Mercury died of aids. The lead vocalist of the rock band Queen had only confirmed to have contracted the disease a day earlier. Although rumours were rife for a couple of years, most people did not see Mercury’s death coming.

Multi talent
Freddy, born as Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, formed the rock band Queen in 1970, with guitarist Bryan May and drummer Roger Taylor. A year later bassist John Deacon joined. Freddy was the singer of the band and played the piano or his guitar. He claimed he couldn’t read musical notes, but he also wrote songs like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We are the champions’.

Shy guy
Freddy was praised for his wonderful performances on a live stage. He was flamboyant and extrovert. However, in private, he was kind of shy and found it hard to talk to strangers. In the 70’s he had a long lasting relationship with Mary Austin, but in 1976 he tells her he is bisexual. Mary responds: ‘I don’t think so. I think your just homosexual.’ They stayed very close friends till the end.


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