I hope readers got to reminisce about the great KISS drummer, Eric Carr in part one of this two part blog. It is really sad knowing that cancer can strike anyone, no matter who they are. Now, in this second part, I will be remembering the man that I consider the greatest rock singer, and one of the greatest front men (Diamond Dave is neck and neck in the front men category, but that’s another blog) ever who was also taken by an equally horrid disease, the late , great Freddie Mercury who like Carr, died on November 24, 1991.
Their songs are everywhere. You can be watching TV, and some commercial will be using one of their songs. You can be at the Super Bowl, or a game 7 of the Stanley Cup, or the World Series, and when the winner is decided, you start hearing “I’ve paid my dues….” Of course, anyone who has seen “Wayne’s World” remembers Garth’s famous line, “How about a little ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ gentleman?”
Yes, I am talking about Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano), Brian May (guitars), John Deacon (bass), and Roger Taylor (drums), also known as Queen. I consider Queen one of the best bands ever. They are one of the most versatile bands ever. They can come up with hits and songs in any kind of style. They can be grand (Bohemian Rhapsody), rockabilly (Any Little Thing Called Love), etc, etc. Really talented band.
Of course, this blog is about Freddie Mercury. He was born on September 5, 1946 in Zanzabar, Tanzania. His real name is Frederick Bulsara. While attending Ealing College of Art, and singing in a band called Wreckage, he met Brian May who was playing in a band called Smile, and the rest is history. When John Deacon and Roger Taylor joined, according to the VH-1 “Behind the Music” special on the band, Freddie Mercury named the band , Queen to represent elegance.
Freddie Mercury had an incredible voice.The voice was displayed on countless Queen songs such as “Liar,” “Lap of the Gods,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” (all Freddie), “These are the Days of Our Lives.” I, for the life of me, have listened to all the great singers: Plant, Daltrey, McCartney, Lennon, S.Tyler, Meatloaf, P.Stanley, etc, etc,and they are all great in their own right, but NONE of them can match Freddie’s voice. Even when Freddie was dying of AIDS (“Inneundo.”) , that voice just could not be touched. Best rock voice ever. Yes I said it.
He was equally as good fronting the crowd. He could get that crowd no matter how big or small to do whatever he wanted. He would sing “Day Oh.” The crowd would sing it right back. The band’s Live Aid performance was Freddie at his best. I recommend anyone getting a hold of it. He was just amazing. When he died, we lost a real gem of a performer, in my opinion. No one can compete with him as a front man. Maybe Diamond Dave. Maybe.
I am going to be very respectful to Mr. Mercury and just state that in the last year or so of his life, the British Media brutally hounded him and demanded to know whether he had AIDS, as if it were their business. Those dopes hounded him from his home to where ever he was going. Anyway, he confessed he did have the disease on November 23,1991, and passed away on November 24,1991.
Here is the official “Liar” Video from “Queen : Greatest Hits 1
Queen Live Aid 1985 (full 25 minutes)
Of course, the greatest rock song EVER: “Bohemian Rhapsody” video from “A Night at the Opera:
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