QUEEN – ” Freddie Mercury ” – Rocks Great Frontman “

Posted: February 19, 2015 in MUSIC
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As the frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury was much more than a singer. His early persona was androgynous, theatrical and over the top. Though Queen’s early work was a mix of glam, punk and straight up rock, with Freddie at the helm, they would push the boundaries of popular music. As a performer, Freddie Mercury would encourage audience participation. His flamboyant style was embraced and celebrated by fans, critics and even his contemporaries such as David Bowie who called Freddie courageous. While Queen’s first three albums found critical success, they were having a difficult time unloading albums. This would change with A Night at the Opera. They charted with “You’re My Best Friend,” but “Bohemian Rhapsody” would catch the world’s attention. With its operatic interlude, the song was twice as long as anything on pop radio and is still hailed as one of the best songs ever recorded. The follow-up, A Day at the Races, received more critical and commercial success with tracks such as, “Tie Your Mother Down” and “Somebody to Love.” By the time they got to News of the World, Queen was given a license to kill, and the seminal track “We Will Rock You” has been chanted at sporting events for decades. Jazz found the band in transition as they adopted a pop-friendly and more accessible sound. Although he never officially came out as gay or bi, there were hints such as cutting off his hair, growing a moustache and adopting a leather man look. These rumours were confirmed as Freddie died in 1991 at 45 of AIDS-related complications. Several tributes would follow, including The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness in 1992. Queen and Freddie Mercury have received a plethora of awards including, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

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