Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991): 18 years later

Freddie Mercury
September 5, 1946- November 24, 1991

It was eighteen years ago today when the rock world lost one of its finest voices. That man was Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen. When Queen got bigger, Mercury was recongized for his powerhouse vocals. His style was unique and he wrote some of Queen's best songs such as "Somebody to Love" and "Bohemian Rhapsody". His frontman skills were top notch, has he had the crowds singing and warming up to his calls of "Day-o!". For his entire career, Freddie seemed like a healthy person. He hinted at times of his sexual orientation but it didn't matter at all. His Queen bandmates kept it a secret when Freddie told them he had AIDS. However, the media became curious. His performance on Queen's last studio album, Innuedo, was powerful but at the same time weak. Mercury's appearance wasn't the best either. Tabloids called him "HIV freak" without even asking Freddie if he was sick.
Finally on November 23 1991, Freddie Mercury announced to the world that he had AIDS. He remarked he would fight this disease but the next day, he was dead. Mercury's death inspired the 1992 tribute show, which had the surviving Queen members on stage with people like Roger Daltrey, Metallica, Guns N Roses, and George Michael.
Today, we remember one of the greatest rock singers ever.
Rest in peace, Freddie.

Also on the very same day, Eric Carr of Kiss passed away from cancer. This post is dedicated to both Freddie and Eric. I would've had a picture of Eric but there aren't any pictures of Eric that are copyright free.

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