Would Freddie Mercury still perform in stadiums with Queen and show off his theatrical poses if he was alive? Would her voice still sound so powerful today? Due to her untimely death, Queen’s only singer and frontman remains forever young in memory, as all of her concert recordings come from her best …

Would Freddie Mercury still perform in stadiums with Queen and show off his theatrical poses if he was alive? Would her voice still sound so powerful today? Due to her untimely death, Queen’s only singer and frontman is forever remembered young, as all of her concert recordings come from her best moments. When Mercury fell ill after being infected with AIDS, he quickly withdrew from the scene – the pop star would have turned 75 on September 5.

The term ‘larger than life’, which is commonly used in English, hardly suits anyone in the entertainment world as much as the flamboyant British artist, born in 1946 as Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar. When Freddie Mercury was on stage, he was surrounded by a special aura. Wherever he appeared, he bewitched the public. It’s still fascinating to see today, for example on videos of the legendary performance of the “Live Aid” concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985. One “Eeeooo” from Freddie was enough and everyone was already singing: “Eee- do-lee -do-lee! “

Enthusiastic Queen pop and rock fans. Whether it’s rock anthems like “Tie Your Mother Down”, “We Will Rock You” and “I Want It All” or pleasant radio hits like “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Radio Ga Ga “and” A Kind Of Magic “- Queen had both in her repertoire. In addition, of course, the magnum opus “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which was perhaps also so successful because it showed Mercury in all its facets – the rocker, the poet, the stage performer with a vast vocal range. Freddie could do anything.

When little Farrokh, the son of parish parents, entered a boarding school in India, the teachers noticed his talent. He sings in the choir, plays the piano, performs in the school theater and forms his first group. Even then, his classmates call him Freddie. The name sticks when he moves the family to London as a teenager, where a new world opens up to him. He studies graphic design, draws portraits and draws men’s fashion. And he discovered rock’n’roll.

When the Smile group of musician friends Brian May (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums) split up, they founded Queen in 1970 with Freddie, already involved as a roadie and assistant at Smile, and bassist Roger Deacon. The well-known history of the group is told – with artistic freedom – in the feature film “Bohemian Rhapsody”: Parts of Mercury’s life are neglected there, like his Roaring Twenties in Munich. In the early 80s, the singer lived in the Bavarian metropolis, he celebrated at the Glockenbachviertel and lived his homosexuality in the nightlife – unnoticed by the public. In interviews he went on to speak of “excessive time,” the music video for the single “Living On My Own” was filmed at the extravagant and decadent costume party for his 39th birthday. Like many artists of the time, Mercury feared a public release as a gay man – for fear of the consequences for the band’s career. How hermetically the stage protects its world from society, and must protect it, is narrated in his autobiography by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who, prompted by similar fears about the publicity of his hit group, also concealed his homosexuality, and Mercury more often. encountered in gay clubs around the world: rock singers had to present themselves as rioters and tough rioters – “Tunten” was then in the world of loud guitars as sweet even disgusting. “You just had to see Freddie on stage,” said Halford, who often packed his desperation in gay metaphors and hints in his lyrics: “I mean, the guy strutted onto the stage in that fumble and called his band Queen – you think that is? … If Freddie Mercury hadn’t been gay, Queen would be a whole different band. “

The importance of the combination of super singer and peacock Mercury with miracle guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon is demonstrated by Freddy’s disappointing solo career: his only album, the disco-heavy “Mr. Bad” Guy “, was released in 1985 and enjoyed only moderate success outside of Great Britain. A remix of “Living On My Own” did not become a number one hit in many countries until 1993 posthumously. His album “Barcelona” with his friend, Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé, also flopped in 1988 and only exploded in 1992 as a new edition as part of the Barcelona Olympics.

With Queen, however, Mercury continues to release new albums with great success and continues to record music even after his AIDS illness is well advanced. The eternal showman even shoots music videos, for which “The Show Must Go On” was the motto of life. In his latest video, “These are the days of our lives”, we must not forget that Mercury’s health is severely damaged.

There has long been public speculation about his state of health. It is not known when he was infected with the HIV virus, but it must have been in the mid-80s: the group knows internally that the 1986 world tour will be their last with the frontman. The star only hints in her art – the ballad “Who Wants To Live Forever” (German: “Who Wants To Live Forever”?) From the 1986 movie “Highlander”, for example, which outwardly deals primarily with the theme of the band’s immortality is fitting, but turns out to be an extremely personal piece. However, Freddie Mercury didn’t go public with AIDS until November 23, 1991: it was the dreaded release. A day later, he died of pneumonia at his home in Kensington, where he lived with his last partner, Jim Hutton. A year later, a massive tribute concert takes place at Wembley, with performances by George Michael, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Guns’n’Roses, among others. In front of the Garden Lodge, Kensington’s home, fans laid flowers. The labels and photos on the wall were removed only a few years ago.

Four years after the death of Freddie Mercury, Queen released her last studio album in 1995. “Made In Heaven” includes new versions of some of Mercury’s solo songs such as “I Was Born To Love You” and many songs that ‘he sang before his death. His last recording with Queen was the song “Mother Love”, which he couldn’t finish because he was losing his strength. The last verse is therefore sung by Brian May – a real goosebumps moment.

On his birthday, Freddie Mercury fans commemorate their idol every year. The AIDS Foundation “The Mercury Phoenix Trust”, founded by his bereaved bandmates and manager Jim Beach, regularly hosts the “Freddie For A Day” event, during which fans are encouraged to put on a mustache. artificial and dress like the singer. Incidentally, it’s quite possible that the rock legend wouldn’t perform today if he was still alive. “I know there will come a time when I won’t be able to run on stage anymore because that would be ridiculous,” he said in a 1986 interview at a Queen concert in Knebworth Park. “There comes a time when you have to stop.” Did he already suspect it? The gigantic performance in front of 120,000 spectators was Freddie Mercury’s last concert with Queen. (dpa with tim)