Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy 65th Freddie! We Miss you...

Rock God Freddie Mercury would have turned 65 years old yesterday had he not been taken from us so soon.

Freddie, lead singer/song writer for Queen, died in November of 1991. It doesn't seem possible that it's been so long.

Freddie Mercury was a legend in his day and now almost 20 years after his untimely death his legend and legacy glows brighter than ever. As recently as 2005 he was voted the BEST male singer of ALL TIME. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time and in 2009, a Classic Rock poll saw him voted the greatest rock singer of all time. Allmusic has characterised Mercury as "one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers", who possessed "one of the greatest voices in all of music".

Amen, brother. Freddie fucking ruled.

Freddie is universally loved and hailed as the musical genius he was. He wrote "We are the Champions" the greatest rock and roll sports ballad of all time. Do you know how many drunken people have sung that song after their team won everything from Little League playoffs to The Stanley Cup to The Superbowl? Millions.

Freddie was born in Zanzibar in 1946. He grew up there and in India until his teen years when his family moved to England.

In April of 1970 he met Brian May and Roger Taylor and Queen was born. Queen's music is incomparable for their fans. Singularly unique, Queen knows how to rock out. Brian May is one of the best guitarists in history and BONUS, he's a BONA FIDE astrophysicist with an honorary PhD from Imperial College. (Jimi Hendrix, Tom Morello and Brian May - our top three)

The Queen performance at Live Aid in 1983 is considered to be one of the best live performances of anything from anyone anywhere. They rocked. They kicked ass and took names. They were THE BEST.

Freddie was diagnosed HIV Positive in 1987. AIDS was "new" and Freddie was mortified. Although it was said he was open in his sexual orientation, he did not publicly disclose his illness until the day before he died.

Fans were inconsolable. And still are to this day.

We will always miss Freddie. One of the true rock gods. RIP Freddie. Your music speaks for itself and lives forever.

Here's some of our favorite Queen songs:

"I'm Going Slightly Mad"

"One Year of Love"

Anything from the Highlander soundtrack:

and of course FLASH!

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