Freddie Mercury; The Man Who Rocked Live Aid... And The World
The Man, The Myth, The Legend...
If there is one fact that no one can reasonably dispute its that Freddie Mercury gave one of the greatest performances in the history when he performed at the 1985 Live Aid concert held at Wembley stadium.
Freddie was one of many legends that appeared at the event. Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Madonna, and Eric Clapton all performed during Live Aid. The event was also held at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. And even though the event was packed with other historical music legends, it was Freddy Mercury that gave a performance that matched no other, which is what makes it even more impressive.
Queen's performance at Live Aid has become the stuff of legends. It is the exact definition of an entertaining concert. A crowd of 72,000 people and Freddy had them all following every instruction he gave. When he told them all to clap, they all clapped. When he told them all to repeat him, they repeated him...
Freddie basically had total control over the crowd. His stage presence was large, like his personality.
Perhaps what made Queen's performance so great was Freddies high energy, agile moves. He strutted across that stage like it was no one's business! He didn't care what anyone thought of him! He was born to entertain and entertain he did...
And That Voice!
Freddie's voice could boom across any stadium. His voice alone was enough to make him an international superstar, his skills on stage only complimented his extraordinary vocal range. He was able to reach 4 octaves! And I'm sure he could reach 5 if he wanted to.
Anyone with the skills to sing a song like Bohemian Rhapsody has some serious vocal skills. And anyone with the genius to produce such a song is...well...a genius.
"Love Of My Life", "The Show Must Go On", "Another One Bites The Dust". These are (in my opinion) musical masterpieces. What made Queen so unique was their ability to blend music genres. Opera mixed with rock and made to sound excellent? Wow.
Now, as you can tell, I am biased. But no one can deny that Mercury was an out of this world talent. There will never be another.
An LGBTQ+ Icon
A gay man with a rather flamboyant and gender-ambiguous stage persona, Freddie was ahead of his time. The 80s was a time when homophobia was rife due to the HIV/AIDS crisis. And that is why Freddie is such an icon to many members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The fact he was openly gay at a time when many LGBTQ+ individuals were still closeted came as an inspiration to many. He showed people that gay people were like you and me, and were no different. And as an ardent supporter for equal rights. This is what I admire most about him. He did not care what people thought of him. He was true to himself.
Turn That Radio Up!
Even today, 35 years after the release of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, you will still see people cranking the volume up in their cars whilst rocking out. That is the power of music my friend.
Freddie has cemented his legacy for generations to come. there will forever be people headbanging to the lyrics of his magnificent pieces of art. Rock on Freddie!
Forever A Legend
No matter what, Freddie Mercury will go down as rock's greatest lead singer. Queen is not, and will never be the same without him. He was Queen. he was the embodiment of all that is great about rock. His flair and charisma are what made Queen so successful. Sure, Brian May is extremely good on the guitar, but without Freddie, the is no one to complement those sick guitar solos.
An LGBTQ+ icon, a musical genius, a vocal god. The man was a once in a lifetime singer for sure.
Oh, and let's not forget that he was able to play both the piano and (to some extent) the guitar!
So, in conclusion, Freddie was much more than the man that rocked Live Aid. He gave a whole new meaning to the word "entertainer" and showed the world that labels don't define a man. A man defines his labels.