I still love you Freddie Mercury died on this day, twenty years ago. He epitomized the perfect frontman, larger than life, “the consummate channel of communication between a band and an audience”. Sales of his music are higher than ever today, prompting the comment that his death “seemed a mere hiccup in his career”.
A film about Mercury, starring Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, is in the pipeline, focusing on the years leading up to Queen’s stellar performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 to a Parsi Indian family living on the East African spice island of Zanzibar and educated at an English-style boarding school in India, the shy teenager arrived in London when his family fled the 1964 Zanzibar revolution.
Watch this poignant clip from his last interview, with snatches from In my defence
“I’m just a singer with a song
How can I try to right the wrong
For just a singer with a melody
I’m caught in between, with a fading dream
In my defence what is there to say
We destroy the love, it’s our way
We never listen enough, never face the truth
Then like a passing song, love is here and then it’s gone”
Requiescat in pace, Freddie