Freddie Mercury, A glam rock revolutionary. A natural showman with many imitators. A highly respected and much missed man. I am only 17 years old, therefore I missed out on Queens golden era. If I could go back in time, I’d want to go and see Freddie and co in action. He was renowned for his showmanship and his amazing stage presence. His voice has the ability to give people goose bumps and make them sing along, maybe even cry because of its pure beauty. He was snatched away so tragically by a horrible disease. A disease he had the right to keep to himself.
Freddie was known to be a private man, not doing many interviews. He wasn’t in Queen for the fame; he was there for the music. He was immensely talented and it really showed the moment he stepped on the stage, in seconds he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He inspired so many to get up and be strong, to fight and to live life to the full.
Freddie never needed to tell anyone about his illness if he didn’t want to. It was his decision. We have the right to our privacy and as I said, Freddie was a private man. When I was a child and saw Freddie on TV on old music videos I’d stare in amazement. He entranced me. There was something about him. As I grew up and found out how he had died, I only then realised that in some of the videos how ill Freddie was. He died a year before I was born, at the young age of 45.
As I watch old clips, interviews, documentaries about Freddie, I cannot help but truly feel sad and deeply moved. He seemed such a genuine and loveable man and he shouldn’t have suffered the way he did.
We never needed to be told about Freddie’s sexuality, it didn’t matter because he was a true genius. So why did we need to be told about the fact he had AIDS? I doubt it would have affected the popularity of the man if he had told us about his sexuality or even if he had told us he was ill earlier than he did because he had one thing we all admired, an amazing presence and personality.
I find it sad that only 24 hours after Freddie revealed he was ill, he died. After finding this out, it moved me to tears. I hope that wherever Freddie is now, he is no longer suffering. As the song goes, “Only the good die young.”