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Remembering Freddie Mercury: On the 20th Anniversary of His Death, 7 Iconic Moments
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/23/11 | Shirley Halperin

Posted on 11/25/2011 7:34:02 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat

Freddie Mercury died 20 years ago today. The Queen singer and songwriter had been secretly battling AIDS for four years, announcing that he had contracted the disease on Nov. 23, 1991, one day before he passed away of AIDS-related bronchopneumonia. He was 45.

Known for his wide vocal range and unparalleled showmanship, the Zanzibar-born Mercury (nee Farrokh Bulsara) also wrote many of Queen’s biggest hits including the six-minute-long rock opus "Bohemian Rhapsody,” sports anthems "We Are the Champions" and “We Will Rock You” and throwback "Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

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To: moehoward

I saw Queen once in concert, in Boston. They actually opened for ELO. I had no idea Mercury was homosexual. None. I just remember thinking, ‘There’s something very...odd, about the way he’s dressed and the vibe he gives off’. But I didn’t suspect the truth at that time. They were very good live, as was ELO.


51 posted on 11/25/2011 8:15:45 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear; Recovering_Democrat

The best art is undertaken with the understanding one is not ones own.


52 posted on 11/25/2011 8:16:37 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: Fantasywriter
None. I just remember thinking, ‘There’s something very...odd, about the way he’s dressed and the vibe he gives off’.

You probably thought, "He's not gay, he's just British."

53 posted on 11/25/2011 8:16:42 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Chode

Heard it (without the visuals.) Probably the first thing by this band I ever knowingly heard. He’s good, I say, and deserved a better band behind him.


54 posted on 11/25/2011 8:17:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: dfwgator

You probably thought, “He’s not gay, he’s just British.”

LOL!


55 posted on 11/25/2011 8:20:19 PM PST by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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To: xjcsa

Wow!


56 posted on 11/25/2011 8:21:32 PM PST by Rebelbase (Yes we Cain!)
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To: dfwgator

Lol. Those crazy Brits. Yeah, that’s possibly what I thought. ;)


57 posted on 11/25/2011 8:22:16 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Revolting cat!
yup... for me, after seeing he was a poofter it took something out of the song from then on but it's still my #1
58 posted on 11/25/2011 8:22:22 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Hmm...I didn’t even realize he’d been gone that long.

Loved his early work with Queen, but soured on him after learning of his...*cough*...persuasion.


59 posted on 11/25/2011 8:27:49 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: goodtomato
He really went down hill physically in his last days, but his voice was strong. Here are pics from his last three original videos:


"I'm Going Slightly Mad"


"Headlong"


"These Are the Days of our Lives"


Last public appearance, accepting a lifetime achievement award "BPI" award with the rest of the band.

60 posted on 11/25/2011 8:27:49 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Something that shows Freddie's musical talents in a different setting: his song “Barcelona,” which he wrote as a theme song for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and sang with the great opera singer Montserrat Caballe.

Not too many rock stars could hold their own with an opera diva. He died before it could be performed in the Olympics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wixz_r7v51E

61 posted on 11/25/2011 8:33:42 PM PST by nvskibum
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To: Recovering_Democrat

He was a genuine hoot- if any of Queen’s rock anthems was on your car radio and you weren’t haulin’ tail at 90 mph by the time the song was finished ...you’re un-American.


62 posted on 11/25/2011 8:35:19 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Recovering_Democrat

He was a genuine hoot- if any of Queen’s rock anthems was on your car radio and you weren’t haulin’ tail at 90 mph by the time the song was finished ...you’re un-American.


63 posted on 11/25/2011 8:35:19 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Recovering_Democrat

He was a genuine hoot- if any of Queen’s rock anthems was on your car radio and you weren’t haulin’ tail at 90 mph by the time the song was finished ...you’re un-American.


64 posted on 11/25/2011 8:35:19 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: 4buttons

I’m a little hard of hearing, can you say it again?


65 posted on 11/25/2011 8:38:04 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

i was a huge Queen fan...saw them almost a dozen times in concert through the mid to late 70’s...

I state “was” a Queen fan as after News of the World they went straight downhill, which i why i am kind of laughing at those “iconic” moments...

any longtime Queen fan will tell you the first five albums were far and away the best..”Liar” from the first album, the entire second album as well as the third album “Sheer Heart Attack”...and while “Bohemian Rhapsody” got all the pub from the fourth album songs such as “The Prophet’s Song” and “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)” were right there with it...


66 posted on 11/25/2011 8:38:11 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

And hearing him sing “The Show Must Go On”, was particularly heartbreaking, every last ounce of energy he had went into that.

Was watching recently their 1985 concert at Wembley, very few performers could put 100,000 people in the palm of their hands like Freddie could.


67 posted on 11/25/2011 8:38:36 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Everybody’s showing his age. But, can you remember Ersel Hickey?


68 posted on 11/25/2011 8:39:29 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: MplsSteve

hahaha, back then...didn’t we all?


69 posted on 11/25/2011 8:39:41 PM PST by hope
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To: 4buttons

sorry for the triple- I’m posting with a tablet for the first time... I have huge hands.


70 posted on 11/25/2011 8:40:45 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Antoninus

Totally agree. I do not understand at all the gushing, nostalgic ooze being unleashed in this thread, or even any sort of mention at all.


71 posted on 11/25/2011 8:42:19 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:The bastard offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: Yossarian

Re “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” - a “throwback” song as the introductory piece claimed? If that’s a throwback to good rock and roll - catchy tune, good lyrics, generally a rocking good song - then call me the Cro-Magnon of Music.

Loved to hear it back-to-back with Orleans’ song “You’re Still the One”.

Add to that Steeley Dan’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” , and Brian Setzer’s “Rock This Town”. You can rock and “Bop till You Drop”.

Try that with the crap that passes for music today, I dare you, double dare you, double secret dare you!


72 posted on 11/25/2011 8:52:09 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Later


73 posted on 11/25/2011 8:52:41 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Add to that Steeley Dan’s “Stuck in the Middle With You”

Uhh, that was "Stealer's Wheel."

74 posted on 11/25/2011 8:53:39 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: xjcsa

That was pretty good. Marc Martel sounds a lot like Freddy Mercury. Summit, NJ, eh? I used to live in Summit. I’m not familiar with the Renaissance Church though.


75 posted on 11/25/2011 9:01:20 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: God luvs America

A Night at the Opera was their best. Queen II was superior. A Kind of Magic was their worst. (I don’t count the “Flash” soundtrack).

If you give “The Miracle” and “Innuendo” a listen, I think you might like what you hear. They got a lot of their “mojo” back from the early days. Fred knew he was dying and the band was more cohesive...not as much ego-driven, it was more about the music. In my opinion, of course.


76 posted on 11/25/2011 9:01:39 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: 4buttons

This0is my 1st post from a celph,0luck to the both of us! Ah, yes,0QUEEN rocks!


77 posted on 11/25/2011 9:02:28 PM PST by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: dfwgator

Thanks for mentioning “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” Another great upbeat song. Might as well add in Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine” and the B-52s’ “ROAM” for songs that get you up and on the dance floor, or just singing along at the top of your lungs.

Then we throw in “Love Shack” and the whole joint will be rocking (Chuck Berry’s “Rockin’and Reelin’”), as well as shaking (Jerry Lee Lewis’ contribution to making R&R danceable - “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On.”

Put all these songs together and you have what Little Richard sang in “All Around the World” , “rock and roll is here to stay” (seconded by Danny and the Juniors in “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay” - it will never die.”

Excuse my poor attempt to do a 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon re good rock music, but it is easy to do it. We used to have such good music/songs to work with. Today I couldn’t name a single pop song that is out there.

Now, country, that’s something different. Give me Shania Twain, Reba McIntyre, Martina McBridge, Lady Antebellum, Adele, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Toby Keith, plus the little blondes of Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Kelly Pickler. And if you want a firecracker or two, I’ll throw in Deanne Carter and Gretchen Wilson.

Welcome to my world, the Wonderful World of Music, good music.


78 posted on 11/25/2011 9:05:07 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Yes he was awesome! Thanks for posting this.


79 posted on 11/25/2011 9:05:24 PM PST by MarMema (chains we can believe in)
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To: dfwgator

Yep, thanks. It was “Stealers Wheel” re “Stuck in the Middle With You”. For some reason Stealey Dan and Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” always got played in the same radio set, and I continually get them mixed up. However, I like them all so it’s all good.


80 posted on 11/25/2011 9:10:31 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Recovering_Democrat
He died on November 24, 1991. I still think he was one of the best singers of his time.

Have you heard the musician "Mika?" Sounds just like him.
81 posted on 11/25/2011 9:14:00 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Recovering_Democrat

>> I still think he was one of the best singers of his time.

No doubt.


82 posted on 11/25/2011 9:15:39 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: dfwgator
"He's not gay, he's just British."

Queen songs were great, just like Diamond Dogs and I Can't Drive 55. But Mercury looked weird on the album covers and so we didn't look at them very much.
83 posted on 11/25/2011 9:22:36 PM PST by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I pray he found the Peace that passes all understanding before he left this world.

I think his genius as a singer, songwriter & performer was something we won’t see again in 100 years.


84 posted on 11/25/2011 9:30:22 PM PST by TheStickman
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To: dfwgator

You probably thought, “He’s not gay, he’s just British.”
~~~~~~~~~~

That’s what I thought. I heard rumors about this singer and that singer being gay but at that time I never believed any of it.


85 posted on 11/25/2011 9:33:02 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: hope
I'm gonna one up all you Mercury fans...

A MESSAGE THAT FREDDIE HOPEFULLY HEARD

86 posted on 11/25/2011 9:35:37 PM PST by hope
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Yep, thanks. It was “Stealers Wheel” re “Stuck in the Middle With You”.

I used to love that song until I saw the movie "Reservoir Dogs." The scene with Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and that song in the background is just something I don't want to revisit in my mind. I've never been able to listen to that song since then! As they say, some things just can't be "un-seen."

Mark

87 posted on 11/25/2011 9:57:51 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Fantasywriter

We must remember, at the time it was considered cool to be somewhat questionably orientated, if you get my drift. By the time News of the World came out, he was, ...well, not so questionable.

Unlike lots of bands in those days, they could play live, sounded great.


88 posted on 11/25/2011 10:10:06 PM PST by moehoward
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

A friend of mine (whom I also linked upthread) made this video a couple months ago of him singing Somebody to Love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dREKkAk628I

That got him just about 5 million views and an appearance on Ellen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyC77mlkyXA


89 posted on 11/25/2011 10:23:05 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: ELS

Yeah I’m not sure how that whole performance got put together. Marc is from Montreal but lives in Nashville; he is co-frontman for the band Downhere.


90 posted on 11/25/2011 10:26:17 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Same thing that happens to all of us - none of us are getting off this planet alive.
91 posted on 11/25/2011 10:38:42 PM PST by Apercu ("Obama is graffiti on the wall of American History")
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To: hope

“hahaha, back then...didn’t we all?”

LOL! Very true, very true.


92 posted on 11/25/2011 10:40:49 PM PST by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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To: moehoward

“Unlike lots of bands in those days, they could play live, sounded great.”

Good point. Somebody should start a thread sometime, called Great Bands I have Seen Live. I bet it would hit 500 posts, easy. They don’t make em like they used to, that’s for sure.


93 posted on 11/25/2011 10:56:20 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Fantasywriter

Saw “Chicago” live in 1977. Those guys could play!


94 posted on 11/25/2011 11:04:57 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I never saw them live, but who can dispute their talent? I’m headed for bed, so it’s probably not a good time to start reeling off my concert experiences. Briefly, I will say Bowie’s shows were consistently stellar, the one time I saw The Who they were not at their best, and seeing Metallica at the height of their career—twice—was unforgettable.


95 posted on 11/25/2011 11:15:44 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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One of my sisters is just getting into Queen, having seen specials about them recently. She was shocked to learn Freddie Mercury had died. I’m like, yeah, didn’t you know that? But no, she was listening to other stuff 20 years ago and Queen just didn’t register with her.

Now she’s bought a couple of the albums and is having a great time getting to know the music.

The same thing happened to her with Jimi Hendrix. After she listened to some albums I bought back from college, she was ecstatic but then majorly depressed when I told her he was dead. For sisters, I have to wonder sometimes what world she was living in to miss this stuff. I mean Hendrix and Queen - you’d almost have to be living under a rock not to know them - especially if you lived during their heyday as we did.


96 posted on 11/25/2011 11:59:40 PM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, store food, pray for the Republic.)
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To: Yossarian

Actually I liked the video for “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Those chicks were hot! In fact in my adolescent brain I thought how “lucky” Mercury was that he got to sleep with them after they wrapped. I had no idea about his “preferences” at the time.


97 posted on 11/26/2011 1:00:16 AM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Queen - Thank God It’s Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCON07r908g&feature=related


98 posted on 11/26/2011 1:29:45 AM PST by thecodont
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To: gimme1ibertee
You probaably meant to type Brian May, astrophysicist and Queen guitarist extraordinaire. May briefly contemplated committing suicide for awhile after Freddie's death. Brian May is a brilliant man, both intellectually and musically. You can read his research for his doctoral thesis in his book "A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud", available on amazon.com: Link to Brian's book
99 posted on 11/26/2011 1:37:00 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: TheStickman; Pride in the USA
I think his genius as a singer, songwriter & performer was something we won’t see again in 100 years.

You summarized everything I would have said. I still terribly miss hearing new music from him.

RIP Freddie Mercury.

100 posted on 11/26/2011 1:51:08 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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