Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury: 'I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend'
Updated On : 05 Oct 2018,11:35 AM
Born in Zanzibar, Freddie Mercury the front-man of Queen was undeniably one of the most talented and innovative singers of the rock era. And today even after two decades of him leaving his fan too soon, his contribution to the rock genre music lives on fresh as he lived. Among many of his songs, the singer-songwriter is best known for his songs that topped charts such as iconic Bohemian Rhapsody and We are the Champions. As a emarkable showman, Freddie knew what and how best to entertain the audiences and how to connect with them. Often strutted around on the stage wearing costumes such as skin-tight spandex as he sang to a great audience, his performances never failed to disappoint his fans. Two decades after his death, on September 5, News Nation pays tribute to the legend Freddie Mercury with some of his top outstanding numbers.
’'Barcelona’’Mercury’s duet with Montserrat Caballe-It doesn’t come as a surprise for a man who wrote "Bohemian Rhapsody," a seven-minute rock operetta to have an inkling for opera. And he made sure he pulled this opera song with Montserrat like it was born to be his. Apart from just a singer-rocker co-writing the song, Freddie also wrote the vocal parts of Montserrat when demoing the song. If this vocal ebbs of these unmatched soprano singers don’t give you chills, nothing might!
Queen’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Appearance-It is true Saturday Night Live garners singers from all genres but makes Queen’s performance different is on-the-spot flawless deliverance. The night before appearing on the show, Freddie had gotten into a heated argument with one of his band members and had blown his voice out and has spent the whole day trying to get his voice back. Fixing his voice just before the show, Freddie delivered a no-less-than-perfect performance when singing ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘Crazy Little Thing called Love’.
‘The Great Pretender’-The Great Pretender sums up the life of Freddie Mercury in a song. On the surface the song might just seem like a song from the 1950’s but it showed how the most iconic singers of his time was shy and reserved person on the inside. Wearing a costume of a drag which Freddie made famous, the song suited him so well that it became the American title of his posthumous version and also a documentary about his life.
Under Pressure-Queen and David Bowie-A song born out of a casual jam session, Under Pressure went to be one of Queen’s biggest hit, which became Queen’s UK No.1 but also David Bowie’s third. This is what happens when two legends come together for a collaboration. History is made!
1990 Brit Awards-This final award of Mercury’s came just before his AIDS controversy. The 1990’s Brit Awards for his outstanding contribution to music was also a long time since their last public appearance in 1986. Unlike the dynamic Freddie Mercury who was known to drive fans into a frenzy taking the stage, it was his band-mate Brain May who gave words of gratitude. Looking suave yet frail Freddie just said a ‘Thank You’ and a ‘Good Night’. And sadly, the Brits Awards were also his last public appearance before succumbing to the illness.