On the 24th of November of 1991, news that Freddie Mercury died hit the headlines. Freddie Mercury had only publicly revealed his HIV/AIDS status the day before he died.
The decision to keep it hidden was ‘Because it was so stigmatised Freddie wanted to keep it a private matter. At the time it was still looked upon as a plague.’
In a post to remember this day, Queen’s Brian May said in 1991 Freddie Mercury succumbed to bronchial pneumonia and left this world. 27 YEARS – So sadly missed – Kept in our hearts for ever.
In this piece we intend to remember what is perhaps one of the greatest live performances ever done by Freddie Mercury and the Queen which is also the basis of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the Live Aid Concert.
Freddie Mercury’s set in July 1985 is often called one of the greatest live performances of all time. What made those 21 minutes so memorable?
The New York Times explains that Queen’s famous set at the behemoth charity concert Live Aid plays a central role in the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” What made it so memorable on July 13, 1985, and does it still hold up? Here’s a breakdown of the music, the moves and that subversive studded armband.
Geldof approached Mercury through Spike Edney, a former member of Geldof’s own band, the Boomtown Rats, who had recently joined Queen to play keyboards during the group’s live shows. Queen was noncommittal, but not because, as the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” suggests, they had split from Mercury for several years. The group was exhausted after a spring 1985 tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan. And Mercury had recently cast doubt on the band’s future by releasing a solo album, “Mr. Bad Guy,” to a lukewarm reception.
Once Queen was convinced of the show’s epic scale, they agreed not to close the concert, but to play at 6:41 p.m. And they took the show more seriously than many of their peers, rehearsing for three solid days.
The outcome is here…