The legendary Queen's frontman, Freddie Mercury, passed away three decades ago. But, through videos and images of Freddie Mercury, his legacy will live on forever.
Nothing says energy, power, and strength as seeing Freddie on stage. Sadly, he passed away from AIDS-related complications when he was just 45 in 1991. Despite decades passing by, people still feel a connection and grieve over the loss of one of the most talented musicians ever born.
We will go through Freddie Mercury's photos to celebrate his life, mostly on stage, where his star shined the brightest.
Images Of Freddie Mercury On Stage
Though most of us are way too young to remember Freddie as a music giant during Queen's live performances, it is not hard to see what made Freddie iconic.
From his outfits to flirting with the camera, Freddie Mercury was one with the crowd. Yet, he was the king of the stage.
You don't have to look at the videos, though you should, because Freddie's voice had intense power, and it was like music Gods came together to create this unique, extraordinary vocal, which could sing any genre, and never miss a note.
Or, when he did, Freddie would laugh at himself, not caring whether he was performing in front of thousand or 70,000 people.
Yet, even images Of Freddie Mercury show that his star power remains and will continue to shine despite his death.
While we didn't know Mercury, we knew him. His lyrics pierce our hearts, while his growth and changes are nothing short of inspiring.
He touched many people, including some of the biggest names in the industry. Kurt Cobain's suicide note referenced his admiration for the late Queen frontman.
Mercury won over David Bowie, Elton John, Alice in Chains, George Michael, Lady Gaga, and one of the reasons was that Freddie knew no borders between artistic modes of expression. But we will get to that later.
For now, enjoy the images of Freddie Mercury doing what he loved and lived for - performing, singing his heart out while putting spells on his audience and generations to come.
Freddie Mercury Changed The Face Of Music And AIDS Forever
It is fair to say that the rest of Queen carried just as much responsibility for changing the face of music for good. However, Freddie's enigmatic charm, and untimely death, gave him even more significant importance.
He was a showman, and these images of Freddie Mercury show why. But what about the music?
Metal and rock music was always dominated by alpha males, full of testosterone and hyper-masculinity. By embracing his feminine side and enjoying showing it off, Freddie became even sexier and more charismatic, yet he was the real deal. Otherwise, the audience would see through him.
Freddie was this masculine guy who wore flowing dresses, learned ballet, had long hair, and knew how to cross boundaries of what was acceptable. And yet, he was a private person, so it made people, but even more so the press, wonder, what was going on the mind of this charming guy?
As images of Freddie Mercury show, he was constantly changing, always trying to outdo himself musically while seemingly having a great time.
Freddie and his bandmates were a well-oiled machine, so Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon remained friends until the end despite their conflicts and differences, pictured above with Maradona.
Rock music loved clashes inside the bands. But, Queen was united, and that irritated the tabloids. Also, that made the audience love them even more.
Freddie Mercury never came out to the public, though his fans knew he was gay. But, his death had a massive impact on the way people perceived AIDS. And we have his bandmates to thank for that.
How Freddie Stole Live Aid In 1985
Queen was already an enormous band in the 70s. When Bohemian Rhapsody dropped in 1980, the band was larger than life. And of course, it created numerous creative differences, extra pressure, and it seemed that the band was about to fall apart.
Live Aid was a charity event organized by Bob Geldof. It started with a single, Do They Know It's Christman, and it hit number one in 1984. A few months later, Geldof and numerous people from the industry wanted to do more. So, there was a concert in the making, with the biggest music names coming together on both sides of the Atlantic.
Queen members were on bad terms, but, for whatever reason, they joined other superstars, and even images of Freddie Mercury show that he completely stole this massive show.
Live Aid was held on Saturday, July 13, 1985. The lineup featured more than 75 performances, from Elton John, Queen, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, The Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, Bowie, Duran Duran, U2, The Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton.
Yet, most of us still know how Freddie ruled Wembley and turned it into a night no one would forget. It was just what the band needed to remember what made them start Queen in the first place.
Though all members had their solo careers at that time, without much practice, they came, played, and basically told their peers to do better next time.
Iconic Images Of Freddie Mercury With His Beloved Cats
If you want to see the Queen's leading man expressing emotions of love, all you have to do is look at the images of Freddie Mercury with his cats.
Or, with his best friend, and former girlfriend Mary Austin, the person he trusted the most and to whom he left the better portion of his fortune.
The son of a British diplomat grew up in India. Freddie's real name was Farrokh Bulsara, and he was a sweet child with good grades; and upon coming to England, his love for art only grew, so he chose to be a graphic designer. But, meeting Brian May changed Freddie's life forever, and so did meeting Mary Austin.
Mary helped Freddie realize his sexuality. May, Deacon, and Rogers made Freddie's dream of becoming a musician come to life.
Despite all the success, Mercury remained a shy but fun-loving guy, and he would find peace at his London home, surrounded by a close group of friends and cats.
There are more images of Freddie Mercury with cats than with his lovers. While being homosexual only became an issue in the 80s, Freddie did not easily trust people, and he hinted in interviews that he got burnt previously.
One of his closest friends was the late Lady Diana. He would sneak her into clubs, party like a rock star, and their friendship remained closed, intimate, until the end.
As for Freddie and his cats, they were his family. He had at least ten cats called Tiffany, Dorothy, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo. The ultimate cat parent, if you ever saw one!
While away, Freddie would call his house and ask housekeepers to bring the phone to his kittens. He would also ask them to play his music, so the fur babies would feel like their human was next to them.
Mercury loved dogs, too. But, according to Brian May, he was a genuine cat person. These images of Freddie Mercury and his cats prove this statement.
"The little princess of their home, the one he'd pick up and stroke the most often."
"She'd sleep at the foot of the bed before slipping out for a nighttime prowl."
Yes, we could stare at images of Freddie Mercury and his kittens forever because they saw so much love, discovering Freddie's gentle, paternal side.
We are unsure when this love affair started, but Freddie and cats were the ultimate love goals!
In his memoirs, Hutton wrote:
"Freddie treated the cats like his own children."
"He would constantly fuss over them, and if any of them came to any harm when Freddie was away, heaven help us. During the day, the cats had the run of the house and grounds, and at night, one of us would round them up and bring them inside."
And yes, the cats were with him until the end.
Mr. Bad Guy And Passion For Extravagance
As you can see in the image of Freddie Mercury, though often perceived as enigmatic, shy, mysterious, the iconic musician was very much into the party scene, and one of his best-known parties was held for his 39th birthday.
He made a video for a song, Living on My Own, based on the footage, and to say it was wild is an underestimation. Freddie was a showman, and that's what made him an unforgettable artist. He loved opera and ballet with the same passion as he enjoyed rave and metal.
Celebrities loved him because he was uncomplicated, pure, and discreet. Not only that, Freddie rarely spoke about other musicians, but if he did, he would tell an anecdote or praise the up and coming artists.
Freddie's motto was well known to those who knew him: "Life is worth living." He would share his wealth with close friends, as many revealed after Freddie's passing.
His extravagance was visible in his performances. His solo, Mr. Bad Guy, gave Freddie a chance to do something more, not just musically but also visually.
Though the album was not a hit, it gave Freddie a chance to push further, and in 1988, three years later, he came up with Barcelona.
To this day, the duet song with Montserrat Caballé will change the face of music for good. The duet with the famed opera singer opened the door for fusion between classic genres and newer ones. And though initially, Pavarotti did not like it, he would work with numerous rock artists in the 90s.
Mercury's four-octave vocal range was plenty enough to show the world that he is more than anyone ever imagined. To the day she died, opera diva Caballé would continue to praise Freddie and their friendship.
Freddie wrote the song Barcelona, and it produced a whole album with the famed soprano. The piece was made to be an anthem for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and though it was, it was a gut-wrenching reminder that Freddie was gone.
As you can see through the images of Freddie Mercury, the musician was constantly changing, exploring, growing, and not even the HIV diagnosis could stop him.
Images Of Freddie Mercury Show Everlasting Determination
Freddie knew what HIV does to a body. He also knew that he never wanted to stop working.
He informed his band members about his illness, and for the first time in years, once again, they were a strong unity, breathing as one. Queen's final album with Freddie Mercury, Innuendo, might be one of their best. Highly likely, it remains one of the best albums in rock history.
Innuendo came 20 months after The Miracle, on February 5, 1991.
Freddie was in a fragile state, as numerous photos and videos proved. But, his voice was outstanding, and May and Rogers spoke about this duality with admiration and love for many years to come.
One of the most famous and beloved songs is These Are the Days of Our Lives. That song and that way Freddie said "I still love you" at the end of the video will serve as his final goodbye to his adoring fans.
The single was released on September 5, 1991, on Freddie's last birthday.
The closing track was suitably The Show Must Go On.
Just 24 hours before he passed away, Freddie Mercury finally issued a statement about his health to the public. On November 24, 1991, Freddie Mercury was gone, but his work gave him immortality.
Despite leaving us way too young, Freddie Mercury lived, changed, gave the world more than most. He was an enormous talent, thirst for success, and hard work, wrapped in one.
With that in mind, here are some more stunning Freddie Mercury photos that serve as a reminder of just how massive this man was when he was on stage or merely entering the room!
Of course, we included something sweet for the very end because Freddie fans deserve it!
Freddie did not want Queen to end with him. Brian May approached George Michael after the tribute concert in 1992. He couldn't accept the offer due to his personal struggles.
Freddie tried to collaborate with Michael Jackson.
Jackson loved Queen, but when they were in the studio, Freddie called Queen's manager and said:
"I'm recording with a llama. Michael's bringing his pet llama into the studio every day and I'm really not used to it and I've had enough and I want to get out."
Freddie did not shy away from drugs, as Elton John, a former addict, confessed:
"Freddie Mercury could out-party me, which is saying something. We'd be up for nights, sitting there at 11 in the morning, still flying high."
Hutton, Freddie's last lover, wrote a memoir explaining that he learned how to avoid cameras over the years because the couple did not want to be outed by the media.
Images of Freddie Mercury are captivating, but so were his interviews. Take this quote into consideration:
"I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear."
"The reason we're successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course."
Mercury on life:
"The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long as it's fabulous I don't care how long it is."
Unlike many rock bands, Queen was polished, despite hits like Fat Bottom Girls:
"The concept of Queen is to be regal and majestic. Glamour is part of us, and we want to be dandy."
The drama was not just in the images of Freddie Mercury:
"A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrical event."
Freddie was fearless, magnetic, but one thing he never was - boring: