Freddie Mercury of Queen
See, I told you! Freddie, dear, Freddie, what can we say about Freddie? I've wanted to write about Freddie Mercury for a long time. I truly loved Queen's music and who didn't, right? Freddie was a really, really big talent. So anyway, here's the down and dirty. Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie) was born September 5, 1946, looked very hot in a sort of long haired, buck-toothed way, became interested in music and later formed Queen, wanted to be the biggest star in the whole wide world and became exactly that, found out he loved boys sometimes too, did absolutely worship his kitties (luvies!), created that eccentric (odd) leather-look that the gay guys just so adore (ew, why did he cut his hair?!), got very, very sick but the show must go on (right!), became only a shadow of himself yet never needed bathroom assistance and died at the age of 45 on November 24, 1991 with the claim to fame of being the first rock god to die of aids. Notice that I wrote aids in small letters. Down with aids! Freddie was cremated and his ashes were scattered on the shore of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. There was also erected(!) a statue in Freddie's memory overlooking Lake Geneva. You will find a photo of said statue below.
Okay, I'll stop farting around and have a go at Freddie. Here's a few interesting facts about Freddie that I found during my research. I have quoted some things directly so if you are that person that I quoted from and I've pissed you off, well, just shoot me an email and we'll have at it.
Freddie stood 5 feet 9 inches tall with black hair and dark brown eyes. He was single and shared his large home and garden with several cats, creatures that he adored. He loved opera and ballet, Marilyn Monroe was his favourite actress and Aretha Franklin just one of his many favorite singers. He liked to drink either Champagne or iced Vodka and Indian food was one of his favorites.
Freddie Mercury was the only rock star mentioned in singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide note (1994): "I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music along with reading and writing for too many years now. I feel guilty beyond words about these things. For example, when we’re backstage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowds begins, it doesn't affect me the way in which it did for Freddy [sic] Mercury who seemed to love, relish in the love and adoration from the crowd, which is something I totally admire and envy." Hmmmm interesting.
Although he had a very close girlfriend named Mary Austin for many years, Freddie Mercury had always been fairly open about his bisexuality. Beginning in the mid 1970s, Freddie began a series of affairs with men, which ultimately resulted in the end of his relationship with Mary. However, the two remained close friends through the years, and Freddie often referred to Mary as his only true friend. In a 1985 interview, Freddie said of Mary, "All my lovers asked me why they couldn't replace Mary (Austin), but it's simply impossible. The only friend I've got is Mary, and I don't want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that's enough for me. I couldn't fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary." In 1983, Freddie found a new lover named Jim Hutton. Hutton lived with Freddie for the last six years of his life, cared for him when he was ill and was at his bedside when he died. According to Hutton, Freddie referred to him as his husband, and died wearing a wedding band that Hutton had given him.
Here's a few more interesting facts about Freddie: A millennium stamp was created in England in Freddie's honor and was attacked in the press by a newspaper columnist as a "vulgar" commemoration of a star "whose degenerate lifestyle caused him to die of aids at an unfortunately early age".
Freddie had a notable overbite of his teeth that he had wanted to fix for many years. Early in his career, he commented that he wished to have work done, but regretted that he did not have time to do it. (He just wouldn't be Freddie without those teeth! When will people realize that their flaws build their character! Sorry for the disturbance, I'll go away! Hee! Janet)
According to the January 2004 edition of "Cat Fancy," Freddie had a great fondness for cats, at one point owning as many as ten. It was said that Freddie put as much importance on his cats as any human life. (Yay! Me too!) Freddie wore clothes featuring cats in videos and on album covers and had an album and song dedicated to his cats. (Side note from Janet: I have found that people who love cats are by far different from the rest because they have very, very loving hearts. I should know, I'm one of them! I've never closed an entry here in Halloween's Unseen without expressing my love for all ........ and I mean it!)
I swiped this paragraph from Scott over at Findadeath.com. I think this pretty much sums it up about death and all. "From Jim Hutton's book Mercury and Me: 'Peter started changing the bed while I (Jim Hutton) took care of Freddie. As I was about to change Freddie into a clean T-Shirt and a pair of boxer shorts, I asked Dave (Dave from the Dave Clark Five ... really!) to leave the room for a few moments. It was when I was getting his shorts on that I felt him try to raise his left leg to help a little. It was the last thing he did. I looked down at him, knowing he was dead... His eyes were still open. I can remember very clearly the expression on his face and when I go to sleep at night it's still there in front of me. HE LOOKED RADIANT!'" (Love that!)
So, yes, Freddie was a very talented guy and an all around kind person by all accounts of those who knew him best. Freddie's girlfriend, Mary Austin, got the bulk of Freddie's estate when he died. Don't you just love the music that he left as his legacy and I'm sure that there's not a single person who doesn't (right?). And if you think you don't, I bet the next time you hear one of his songs on the radio, you will say, "man, I love that song! Who's it by?" I've gathered a collection of photos of Freddie and they are displayed below. No ghosts here but thanks for the memories! See, you do love that song playing!
Just one more: A little Freddie trivia. Notice the microphone and stick attachment that he's holding? Freddie used this little prop in every performance after the first time when he grabbed the microphone and the thing broke off in his hand. After that, every performance was done with the microphone and his stick. Really, stop!
If you pop over to the next page after you look at the photos below, I've included a few revealing You Tube videos about Freddie's talent, humor and the ravages of aids. You may have to refresh the page a couple of times to get the videos to load.
Oh too, if anyone came here in hopes of a gay bashing, well, you'll just have to go somewhere else. My love stretches far and wide! Luvs and kitty time, Janet