Before Freddie Mercury was Freddie Mercury, he was Farrokh Bulsara, a Tanzania-born baggage handler at Heathrow airport. It was clear, though, that he had remarkable vocal talent from an early age. A natural baritone, Mercury delivered a majority of his songs in the tenor range, playing piano by ear and experimenting with rhythm and melody in a way no one before had done.
In 1970, Mercury, May, and Taylor teamed up to become the founding members of Queen and went on to produce 14 studio albums and one soundtrack together. The final album, Made in Heaven, wasn’t released until four years after Mercury’s 1991 death, but his iconic voice is still featured throughout.
To this day, the band still tours. If you were lucky enough to catch them at Marlay Park in July, you would have seen that they haven’t lost their crowd-rousing presence and musical prowess. And although their current frontman Adam Lambert might be the only one alive who can come close, there just isn’t any way to replace Freddie. His charisma, flamboyance, and otherworldly talent are once in a generation, or maybe two or three.
The man himself once said: “When I’m dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.” Without question, that wish has become deservedly true.
You don’t need to wait for the film release, the soundtrack is available from October 19th!
Don’t miss Bohemian Rhapsody in cinemas beginning the 24th of October.